HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team dropped its regular-season finale to Cincinnati, 61-57, on Monday, in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the result, the Cougars earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will meet the No. 12 seed Tulsa.
Houston grabbed the early lead in the game on a 14-foot jumper from Jasmyne Harris on the team’s first possession. Cincinnati answered on their first possession, but the Cougars would pull off on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 9-2. Serithia Hawkins reclaimed the lead for the Cougars on a jumper, before Octavia Barnes followed with a jumper of her own, and Jasmyne Harris capped the run with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Cincinnati would close the quarter on a run of their own, however to pull back into the contest. Shanice Johnson scored the first seven points of the game for the Bearcats to pull them back to within four at 11-7. From there, the Bearcats would score five of the final seven points of the period to pull within one at 13-12.
The Bearcats kept the momentum going into the second quarter, opening the frame on an 11-0 run. Antoinette Miller gave Cincinnati its first lead of the night on its first possession of the period before Johnson scored the next four on a basket and a pair of free throws. Sam Rodgers followed on the next possession with a layup before Ana Owens connected on a 3-pointer from the corner to make the score 23-13 and force a Houston timeout.
Jasmyne Harris snapped the Bearcats’ run on the first possession after the timeout, but another 7-0 run for Cincinnati followed to push the score to 30-15 with 2:59 to play in the half. Houston would add a pair of free throws from Serithia Hawkins on the next possession, but neither team would score the remainder of the half and Cincinnati entered the locker room with a 30-17 advantage.
Houston sparked a 4-0 run to open the second half to cut the lead back to single digits on a bucket from Serithia Hawkins and a pair of free throws from Angela Harris. However, the Bearcats had an answer with back-to-back buckets from Nikira Goings for three and Rodgers to push the lead back to 35-21.
The Cougars had another run in them however, this time sparking a 7-0 spurt to pull the game back within single digits. Myyah West opened the burst with a pair of free throws, before Jasmyne Harris connected on a 3-pointer to cut the score to 35-26. West followed with another basket on the next possession and Houston sliced the deficit to 35-28 at the media timeout.
Cincinnati would clamp down on defense again however over the remainder of the quarter, ending the frame on a 13-6 run, but an Angela Harris buzzer-beater 3-pointer cut the lead to 48-34 with 10 minutes remaining.
The Cougars sparked a 5-0 run to open the final quarter, with Dorian Branch connecting on all five points. Branch buried a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the quarter, before converting a fast-break layup off an Angela Harris steal a few possessions later to force a Cincinnati timeout.
Branch would knock down two more 3-pointers and score the first 11 points of the quarter before a 4-0 run for the Bearcats pushed the lead back to seven at 52-45 with 4:41 remaining. Following a Houston timeout, Angela Harris connected on a 3-pointer from the corner, and she was fouled, and after connecting on the free throw the Cougars cut the score to 52-49 with four minutes remaining.
The teams would trade buckets over the next two possessions, but a 5-0 run for the Bearcats pushed the lead back to five at 59-52 with just 2:23 left in the contest. The Cougars had one final push, sparking another 5-0 run thanks to a 3-pointer from Jasmyne Harris and a layup from Julia Blackshell-Fair to cut the lead to two at 59-57. The Cougars had a shot to tie, but Angela Harris’ jumper with time winding down bounced just out and the Cougars fell 61-57.
Score: Cincinnati 61, Houston 57
Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio | Saint Ursula Academy
Houston stormed back in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to two with a minute to play. After a Cincinnati turnover, Houston had a chance to tie or take the lead on the final possession, but Angela Harris’ jumper rimmed out.
Houston: The Cougars had two players reach double figures in scoring, including a team-high 16 points from sophomore Dorian Branch. Jasmyne Harris finished the game with 13 points, while Myyah West led the Cougars on the glass with six rebounds.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats saw three players reach double figures in scoring in the game and were paced by Shanice Johnson’s game-high 17 points. Johnson also led Cincinnati on the glass with eight rebounds. Sam Rodgers added 16 points, while Ana Owens finished with 12.
NEWS AND NOTES
- As the No. 5 seed, Houston will face the No. 12 seed Tulsa in the American Conference Championship on Saturday, March 3.
- Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down three rebounds in the contest, giving her 701 in her career. With the accomplishment, Hawkins becomes just the ninth player in program history to score at least 800 points and pull down at least 700 boards in a career.
- With 13 points in the contest, Jasmyne Harris has now reached double figures in 21 consecutive contests, dating back to Dec. 10.
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