HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team never trailed in a 97-81 win over ECU Saturday and hit the 20-win mark for the 12th time in program history. The 20-win season is the first since the 2010-11 Houston team had a 26-6 record en route to becoming the last Houston team to advance to an NCAA tournament.
The Cougars were led by sophomore guard Angela Harris who poured in a career-high 32 points with career highs in field goals (11) and 3-point field goals (7). Harris also pulled down a career-best eight rebounds and was one assist away from tying a career high, finishing Saturday with six.
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She was one of four Cougars to hit double figures as Jasmyne Harris recorded her 15th game this season with least 20 points with 21, while Octavia Barnes added 13 points and Serithia Hawkins chipped in 10. Barnes also tied a career high with 11 rebounds, giving the junior her second career double-double.
Saturday’s win was Houston’s fourth game this season scoring at least 90 points, three of which have come in American Conference play, and avenged a Jan. 20 80-70 overtime road loss at ECU. Houston is undefeated in all four games this season with scoring at least 90 points.
With the win, Houston moved to 20-7 and 9-4 in The American while ECU fell to 14-12 and 6-7 in The American.
Houston sprinted out to a 9-2 lead in the first 1:36 as it recorded its 11th game of the season with at least 20 points in the opening quarter, taking a 22-17 lead. Hawkins opened the day’s scoring with a 3-point shot before Jasmyne Harris picked up the next four points followed by a Hawkins layup to force an ECU timeout, part of the Cougars’ eight fast break points and 16 points in the paint in the opening quarter.
Houston extended its lead to six at halftime, 47-41, despite the Pirates chipping away at Houston’s lead in the second quarter behind a 9-0 run, holding the Cougars scoreless for just over two minutes early in the quarter. Barnes would snap the drought, as she hit double digits with a contested layup and following foul shot.
Houston would counter with its own 9-0 run, all from Jasmyne Harris who hit three straight 3-pointers in less than a minute’s span to extend the lead to 42-29.
The two teams were even in the third quarter, each scoring 20 points as Angela Harris posted 13 points in the quarter alone.
The fourth quarter saw Houston pull away from ECU, outscoring the Pirates by 10, 30-20, led by 12 points from Angela Harris. Houston shot 5-of-9 from behind the arc in the fourth quarter, including Angela Harris connecting on three-of-four long-range attempts.
Score: Houston 97, ECU 81
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Location: Houston, Texas | H&PE Arena
After ECU pulled within 76-69 with 6:47 left in the game, Houston reeled off a 14-4 run over the next four minutes to seal the game. The run included two three pointers from Angela Harris and one from Dorian Branch.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with four players in double figures, including a career-high 32 points from Angela Harris. Jasmyne Harris finished the game with 15 points, while Barnes tied a career high with 11 rebounds to go along with 13 points for her second career double-double.
ECU: Junior forward Destiny Campbell piled on a career-high 20 points, all coming off field goals on 10-of-14 shooting from the field. Campbell also led ECU with eight rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Cougars made 12 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 213 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’ 21 points gives her 550 for the season to move into ninth on the Houston single-season chart, passing the 544 points from Sonya Watkins in 1984-85. Next up on the list are the 554 points from Brittney Scott in 2009-10.
- Jasmyne Harris made a three 3-pointers in the contest, giving her 69 on the season, the seventh most all-time for Houston, tying Angela Harris who had seven 3-pointers on Saturday.
- With her seven 3-pointers Saturday, Angela Harris moved into ninth on the Houston career chart. Next up is Roxana Button’s 125 from 2008-12.
- Houston came away with 15 steals in the contest against ECU. The Cougars entered Saturday leading the American Athletic Conference with 11.7 steals per game.
- Houston outrebounded the Pirates 46-33 including a 17-13 advantage on the offensive end.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars hit the road for their only matchup of the season with USF on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tipoff against the Bulls is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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