DALLAS -- The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team closed the regular season with a 74-45 loss on the road at SMU on Monday. Senior Jacqueline Blake paced the Cougars with 18 points in the effort.
Each team struggled to find a rhythm in the first quarter, as the teams combined to start 1-of-15 from the field in the first four minutes. The Cougars held SMU without a field goal for the first 4:43 of the ballgame, before Morgan Bolton connected on a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 5-4. The teams traded buckets the remainder of the frame, and Angela Harris and Jasmyne Harris scored four points apiece to give Houston a 15-14 lead at the end of the first.
Houston's sluggish shooting continued into the second quarter, which saw the Cougars go just 3-of-14 from the field. SMU took the lead for the first time on the second possession of the quarter, which sparked a 12-0 run for the Mustangs. The Cougars cut the lead back to eight on a 3-pointer from Jasmyne Harris with 5:21 remaining the in the half, but SMU closed the first 20 minutes on a 7-3 run to take a 34-24 lead into the half.
The Mustangs' offense continued to roll into the second half, as SMU began the third period on an 8-0 run before the Cougars could find the scoreboard. Houston again struggled from the field, shooting just 36.4 percent (4-of-11). The Cougars found a bright spot in the quarter from senior Jacqueline Blake who scored seven of her team-leading 18 points in the third.
SMU's defense clamped down again in the fourth quarter, holding Houston to just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting throughout the period. Conversely, the Mustangs outscored the Cougars 16-7 over the final seven minutes of the contest to win 74-45.
Score: SMU 74, Houston 45
Date: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Location: Moody Coliseum (Dallas, Texas)
Houston held a 15-14 lead after one quarter of play, however the Mustangs rattled off 12 straight points before the Cougars could score in the second period. Houston would only cut the lead to single-digits one time over the remainder of the game following the run.
Houston: The Cougars had just one player reach double-figures in points in the contest. Senior Jacqueline Blake led the team with 18 points, including a 4-of-6 mark from beyond the 3-point line. On the glass, sophomore Serithia Hawkins recorded her third-consecutive double-figure rebound game, leading all players with 13.
SMU: The Mustangs had three players score in double-digits, including a game-high 20 from Morgan Bolton. Bolton connected on her first six 3-point attempts en route to leading all scorers on her senior night. McKenzie Adams finished second on the team with 12 points, while Dai'ja Thomas added 10. Alicia Froling paced the Mustangs on the glass with nine rebounds to go along with nine points.
NEWS AND NOTES
- With the Cougars' loss and Tulsa's win over Cincinnati, the Cougars hold the No. 10 seed heading into the American Athletic Conference Championship.
UP NEXT FOR THE COUGARS
Houston will head to the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday. The Cougars will play as the No. 10 seed against No. 7 Cincinnati at 5 p.m., CT, with the contest airing live on ESPN3. The winner of Houston's matchup with the Bearcats will advance to play No. 2 Temple who received a first-round bye.
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.