Houston Completes Second Half Comeback
Cougars storm back for ninth comeback of eight or more points in 66-55 victory over Memphis
HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team came back from eight points down in the second half to defeat Memphis 66-55 on Wednesday. Houston improved to 19-6 on the season and 8-3 in American Athletic Conference play with the victory.
Houston missed its first seven shots from the field, but only trailed 5-0 before Jasmyne Harris put the Cougars on the board for the first time with her first of seven 3-pointers. After forcing a turnover on the next possession, Angela Harris tied the game at five with 5:06 remaining in the opening quarter.
Memphis would reclaim the lead on a 4-0 run over the next three minutes, due to a layups from Alaina Davis and Cheyenne Creighton, and the two squads would trade just two buckets over the remaining two minutes to give the Tigers an 11-7 lead after the first quarter.
Houston shot just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from the field in the first quarter, but was able to keep the contest close by forcing Memphis to commit seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
The Cougars used a 6-0 spurt to open the quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers from Angela Harris to claim their first lead of the night at 13-11. However, the Tigers would respond with seven straight points to surge back in front 18-13 with 5:43 left in the half.
Houston would again swing the momentum, responding with a 7-0 run of their own on back-to-back layups from Julia Blackshell-Fair and Dorian Branch, before Jasmyne Harris buried a 3-pointer to take the lead at 20-18. Memphis would again answer however, this time with an 8-0 run on back-to-back triples from Brea Elmore and Jada Stinson, before Davis capped the run with a layup with 2:34 remaining to push the score to 26-20. The teams would trade a pair of buckets down the stretch, and Memphis took a 28-22 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers shot 50.0 percent from the field in the second quarter and outscored the Cougars 17-15, but Houston’s defense still kept them in the game by forcing seven more turnovers in the period.
Houston used another strong defensive quarter to flip the momentum in the second half and storm back to take the lead in the third quarter. The Cougars held Memphis to 25.0 percent (4-of-16) in the frame and forced eight turnovers to outscore the Tigers 19-9.
Memphis opened the quarter with a layup from Davis, but Houston responded with nine of the next 11 points to pull within one at 32-31. Serithia Hawkins started the spurt with a layup before Angela Harris cut the lead to four with a layup of her own. After a Davis layup at the other end, Hawkins and Branch made back-to-back buckets, with Branch’s going down as an old-fashioned, 3-point play to cut the deficit to one.
From there, the Cougars would close the quarter on a 15-5 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Jasmyne Harris in the final minute to give the Cougars a 41-37 advantage after three quarters. The Cougars scored nine points off eight Memphis turnovers in the period to take control of the contest.
The game remained tight throughout the first half of the fourth quarter, with Memphis grabbing the lead at 48-46 off a pair of free throws from Chyanne Creighton, with 5:04 to play. Houston would respond with free throws of its own from Branch after an unsportsmanlike conduct foul from Elmore, and on the ensuing possession, Angela Harris connected on a 3-pointer to give Houston a 51-48 advantage.
Memphis would battle back over the next two minutes however, and pulled even at 54 on a Stinson layup with just 2:05 remaining. However, with the game still hanging in the balance, Houston’s defense would clamp down again, and the Cougars would spark a 12-1 run over the remaining two minutes to take a 66-55 victory.
Angela Harris nailed the jumper that gave Houston lead for good at 56-54 at the 1:49 mark, before Harris followed with a 3-pointer after a stop on the next possession. Jasmyne Harris converted on a 3-point play after a Memphis turnover, before Branch capped the 10-0 run with a layup to make the score 64-54 with just 42 seconds remaining.
Score: Houston 66, Memphis 55
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Location: Houston, Texas | H&PE Arena
Houston forced Memphis to commit 25 turnovers in the contest including 11 in the second half. The Cougars also held the Tigers to just nine field goals over the final 20 minutes en route to the 8-point comeback victory.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with just two players in double figures, including a game-high 24 points from Jasmyne Harris. Angela Harris finished the contest with 19 points, while Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds.
Memphis: Memphis finished with a trio of players in double figures, led by Cheyenne Creighton who paced the squad with 15 points. Alana Davis picked up a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jada Stinson also added 13 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
- With the win, Houston Head Coach Ronald Hughey improved to 1-5 all-time against Memphis.
- With the victory, the Cougars picked up their eighth win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.
- Houston’s 19 wins are the most the program has earned since winning 26 games throughout the 2010-11 season.
- The Cougars made 10 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 195 on the season and extending the program record, which they broke at Wichita State on Feb. 3.
- Sophomore Jasmyne Harris picked up her 14th game of 20 or more points, and third consecutive, with her 24 point performance. Harris now has 514 points this season, a mark that leads The American and is the 14th best total in a single season for a Cougar.
- Harris made a career-high seven 3-pointers in the contest, giving her 64 on the season, the seventh most all-time for Houston, and 113 in her career which moves her past teammate Angela Harris for ninth on the all-time 3-pointers made list.
- With three 3-pointers made in the game, sophomore Angela Harris now has 58 makes this season, ranking her eighth on the all-time list in a season at Houston. Harris now has 109 made 3-pointers in her career which is 10th all-time for the Cougars.
- Junior Serithia Hawkins picked up seven rebounds in the contest, giving her 664 in her career. Hawkins’ night moves her past Sancho Lyttle (661; 2003-05) for 10th on the all-time Houston boards list.
- Four of Hawkins’ rebounds came on the defensive end, giving her 414 defensive boards in her career and moving her into a tie for fifth all-time at Houston with Nicole Oliver (2000-04).
- Houston forced Memphis to commit 25 turnovers in the contest, including 10 off Houston steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the American Athletic Conference in turnovers forced per game (22.25) and steals per game (11.8).
- The Cougars scored 29 points off 25 turnovers in the game.
- After storming back from eight points down in the contest, Houston completed its ninth comeback of eight or more points this season and its eighth when trailing by that margin in the second half.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars head back on the road for their only matchup of the season with Tulsa on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tipoff against the Golden Hurricane is scheduled for 2 p.m., inside the Reynolds Center.
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