HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team fell just shy of their ninth second-half comeback of the season, dropping a tough, 83-77, decision at Tulsa on Saturday.
The Cougars grabbed the early lead on a layup from Serithia Hawkins, but the Golden Hurricane would connect on its first seven shots from the field to build and early 10-9 lead. From there, Tulsa would rattle off a 17-0 run over the next 5:34 to open the lead to 15 at the end of the first quarter.
After an Angela Harris' layup cut the lead to 10-9, Crystal Polk followed with a layup of her own before Shug Dickson scored on Tulsa's next possession. A minute later, Erika Wakefield connected on a 3-pointer before Dickson gave Tulsa its first double-digit lead at 20-9 after a 3-point play on the next possession.
Dickson rallied off the next five points for Tulsa, before Alexis Gaulden capped the run with a pair of free throws to bring the score to 27-9 with 47 seconds left in the quarter. Jasmyne Harris stopped the run on the next possession with a 3-pointer, but Tulsa took a 27-12 lead into the second quarter.
Houston opened the second quarter with an 18-4 run to storm their way back into the contest. Julia Blackshell-Fair started the spurt with a pair of free throws, before Angela Harris buried a 3-pointer off a turnover to cut the lead to 10 at 27-17. After the teams traded points on the next four possessions, Serithia Hawkins connected on a pair of free throws, before Angela Harris followed with five consecutive points and Dorian Branch hit a layup with 4:25 to play to cut the lead to one at 31-30.
The Golden Hurricane would hold the Cougars to just one point the rest of the quarter however, finishing the half on a 7-1 run capped by a Gaulden 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining to push the lead to 40-31 at the half.
Myyah West cut the lead back to seven just 30 seconds into the second half, but Tulsa would follow with seven straight points to extend the lead back to double digits at 47-33. Despite shooting 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from the field in the frame, the Houston defense allowed 20 points in the quarter, and the Cougars were unable to cut the score back to single digits heading into the fourth quarter.
Houston had one final push in the fourth quarter to claw their way back into the game. Hawkins knocked down a jumper on the first possession of the frame before a Jasmyne Harris steal led to an Angela Harris score the other way to bring the deficit back to single digits at 60-51. Houston forced another turnover on the next possession and Jasmyne Harris scored to drop the lead to seven points.
After a Tulsa free throw from Wakefield on the next possession, Houston responded with a mini 6-2 run led by baskets from Octavia Barnes and Angela Harris and a free throw each from Blackshell-Fair and Jasmyne Harris to make the contest a 2-possession game at 63-59.
However, Houston was unable to pull any closer the rest of the way, with the score hovering at seven points for the majority of the frame, before the final score of 83-77.
Score: Tulsa 83, Houston 76
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: Tulsa, Okla. | Reynolds Center
Houston stormed back from 18-points down in the second quarter to cut the lead to one at 31-30, but Tulsa closed the second half on a 9-1 run to push the lead back to nine at the break.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with three players in double figures, including a career-high 26 points from Angela Harris. Jasmyne Harris finished the game with 15 points, while Serithia Hawkins tallied her sixth double-double of the season and 16th of her career with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Tulsa: Tulsa had four players reach double figures in the contest, including a game-high 29 from Shug Dickson. Erika Wakefield finished second on the team with 20 points, while Alexis Gaulden had 13 and Crystal Polk finished with 11. Dickson also led the Golden Hurricane on the glass with seven rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Cougars made six 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 201 on the season and extending the program record, which they broke at Wichita State on Feb. 3. This marks the first time in program history a Houston team has made 200 or more 3-pointers in a season.
- Jasmyne Harris made a pair of 3-pointers in the contest, giving her 66 on the season, the seventh most all-time for Houston.
- With four 3-pointers made in the game, sophomore Angela Harris now has 62 makes this season, ranking her eighth on the all-time list in a season at Houston.
- With eight defensive rebounds in the contest, junior Serithia Hawkins now has 422 defensive boards in her career, moving her to fifth on the all-time Houston defensive rebounds list, breaking a tie with Nicole Oliver (414; 2000-04).
- Angela Harris matched her career-record with nine made field goals in the game.
- Houston came away with 12 steals in the contest against Tulsa. The Cougars entered leading the American Athletic Conference with 11.8 rebounds per game.
- Houston outrebounded the Golden Hurricane 41-36 including 14-7 on the offensive end.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston has a week off of competition before returning home to host East Carolina on Feb. 17. Tipoff against the Pirates is scheduled for 2 p.m.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Houston will play its 2017-18 home games inside H&PE Arena on the campus of nearby Texas Southern University while renovations continue on the $60 million Fertitta Center.
For the best value to enjoy all 13 regular-season home games, fans can purchase a Shasta Pass for just $80. With the Shasta Pass, fans enjoy admission into every Women's Basketball home game as well as remaining Volleyball and Soccer contests and Softball games in the spring.
Single game tickets are also available for games throughout the Women's Basketball season, starting as low as $3 for general admission and $20 for reserved floor seats if purchases are made online before gameday. Ticket sales on gameday or walkup sales begin at $5 for general admission and $20 for reserved floor seats.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets or by clicking HERE, or by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS.
Fans can receive daily information and in-game updates by following @UHCougarWBB on Twitter. Fans can also catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook page at facebook.com/UHCougarWBB.