HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell, 98-72, to Tulsa on Saturday, in the First Round of the American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship, inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Tulsa started the contest strong, opening the game on a 6-1 run to pull ahead early. Crystal Polk found the scoreboard first on a layup on the second possession of the game, before Jasmyne Harris knocked down a free throw for Houston’s first point. The Golden Hurricane followed with buckets from Shug Dickson and another from Polk before Houston made their first basket of the game at the 7:26 mark.
Tulsa continued to build their lead in the first five minutes, extending the margin to double-digits at 13-3 with 5:47 left in the period. After Angela Harris cut the lead to seven with a 3-pointer on the next possession, Tulsa closed the quarter with 12 of the final 18 points to take a 25-12 lead into the first break.
Houston used a 5-0 on a Serithia Hawkins layup and a Jasmyne Harris 3-pointer to cut the deficit back to single digits to open the second quarter. However, the Golden Hurricane would respond with an 8-0 run of their own to push the lead to 16 midway through the second period.
The team would trade buckets over the middle of the frame, before the Cougars would make a charge to close the gap. With Tulsa leading by 17, Houston got back-to-back scores from Angela Harris, with the latter being a 3-pointer, to pull within 12 at 39-27. After a Dickson bucket on the other end, Jasmyne Harris connected on another triple to cut the lead back to 11 at 41-30 with 2:23 remaining.
Tulsa would push the lead back to 14 with just 50 seconds to play in the half, but a 4-0 run from the Cougars behind an Octavia Barnes layup and an Angela Harris fast-break score cut the lead to 10 at 46-36 as the buzzer sounded on the half.
Each team shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in the first half, with the Golden Hurricane holding the advantage at 52.9 percent (18-of-34) to Houston’s 50.0 percent (14-of-28). However, Tulsa forced the Cougars to commit 12 turnovers over the first 20 minutes to build the lead.
Tulsa opened the second half with a 3-pointer from Erika Wakefield, but the Cougars would cut the lead back to eight with a 7-2 run over the next 1:25. Serithia Hawkins started the spurt with an old-fashioned 3-point play on the second possession of the period. After a bucket from Rebecca Lescay on the other end, the Cougars picked up a pair of free throws from Angela Harris, before Hawkins capped the run on a layup off a steal from Dorian Branch. The Golden Hurricane were able to stop the run however, and responded with a 7-0 run of their own to push the lead to 60-45 with 5:14 remaining in the third quarter.
Houston would have one final spurt cutting the lead back to 12 on four straight free throws from Julia Blackshell-Fair and Angela Harris to cut the deficit to 64-52, but the Cougars would not pull any closer than that over the final 12:37 of the game.
Tulsa kept the pressure up in the fourth quarter, shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field, while holding the Cougars to just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) to take the contest 98-72.
Score: Tulsa 98, Houston 72
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: Uncasville, Conn. | Mohegan Sun Arena | American Championship First Round
Houston: Houston finished the contest with three players in double figures, including a team-high 27 points from Angela Harris on 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) shooting from the field, including a 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) mark from beyond the 3-point line. Jasmyne Harris finished the game with 12 points and a team-high six assists, while Serithia Hawkins added 11 points. Octavia Barnes paced the Cougars on the glass with seven rebounds.
Tulsa: Tulsa had five players reach the double-figure scoring mark and was led by a game-high 28 points from Crystal Polk. Shug Dickson added 22 points, while Alexis Gaulden scored 16, Erika Wakefield added 12 and Kendrian Elliot scored 11. Polk completed the double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds, while Wakefield also had a double-double with 10 assists.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Cougars made six 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 242 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 finished the contest with 12 points, giving her 609 on the season and moving her to sixth on the Houston single-season points list. Harris is just the sixth player in program history to score 600 points in a season.
- Angela Harris connected on four 3-point buckets in the game, giving her 82 makes on the season. Harris became just the fourth student-athlete in program history to reach the 80 3-pointer plateau in a season.
- With Harris’ four 3-pointers made, the sophomore now has 128 career triples, moving her into ninth on the all-time list at Houston, passing Roxana Button (125; 2008-12).
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