BOSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team dropped the first game of a 3-game road trip in Massachusetts with a 79-74 loss to Boston College, on Wednesday, inside Conte Forum.
Boston College was able to slow the game down in the first quarter, controlling the pace and taking an early 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets by Milan Bolden-Morris. Sophomore Angela Harris put the Cougars on the scoreboard for the first time on a layup with 6:47 remaining in the frame, but a 5-0 run followed for Boston College to push the lead to 9-2.
Houston rallied to cut the lead to three at 13-10 due in part by to five first-quarter points from sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris, but Boston College pushed the lead back to six at 18-12 to end the quarter. The Cougars shot just 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from the field over the first 10 minutes, while the Eagles made eight of their 16 shots (50.0 percent).
Boston College gained a double-digit advantage for the first time, midway through the second quarter, when Martina Mosetti buried a 3-pointer to push the score to 26-16 with 5:38 remaining in the half. Houston would come roaring back however, thanks to seven straight points from junior Serithia Hawkins to slash the lead to 26-23 with just over two minutes remaining in the second.
After the Eagles knocked down three consecutive free throws, Houston again cut the lead back to three on a 3-pointer by Angela Harris, but Taylor Ortlepp connected on a deep ball of her own to extend Boston College’s advantage to 32-26 at the break.
Each of the teams found their rhythm to open the second half, and the scoring picked up with each squad shooting over 40.0 percent from the field in the third quarter. Junior Myyah West opened the scoring with a layup, and two possessions later, Angela Harris cut the lead to three at 34-31 with her first 3-pointer of the contest. Harris would connect on an old-fashioned three point play just a minute later to bring Houston within two at 38-36.
Houston was unable to pull any closer in the frame, after Boston College broke out on a 7-2 run to push the score to 45-38 with 5:15 remaining in the period. Four minutes later, the Eagles would push the lead back to double-digits on a pair of free throws from Ortlepp and the 10-point lead would hold up until West’s layup, as time expired, made the score 56-48 after three quarters.
Angela Harris connected on her second 3-pointer of the game to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to five just 17 seconds into the period. However, Boston College would storm back with 7-2 run to make the lead nine with just 6:49 left in regulation.
Houston’s comeback started just nine seconds later, when Harris connected on another 3-pointer, starting a 10-0 run for the Cougars. Jasmyne Harris put in a layup after a Boston College missed basket, and was followed by a bucket from freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair, before Hawkins connected on a 3-pointer to give Houston its first lead of the game at 63-62.
From there, Boston College would take over the game from the free throw line, scoring 12 of its final 19 points from the charity stripe to escape with a 79-74 victory.
Score: Boston College 79 (3-2), Houston 74 (2-2)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Location: Conte Forum (Boston, Mass.)
The Cougars were able to take the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter on a 3-point bucket from Serithia Hawkins. However, Boston College made 12-consecutive free throws down the stretch to pull away late.
Houston: Jasmyne Harris paced the Cougars, both on the scoreboard and on the glass, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for her third career double-double. Angela Harris finished the contest with a season-high 18 points, while Serithia Hawkins added a career-high 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Junior Octavia Barnes also reached double figures for Houston with 10 points.
Boston College: The Eagles picked up a big night from Taylor Ortlepp who finished with 21 points including a 10-of-10 mark from the free throw line. Milan Bolden-Morris added 16 points while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds, and Sydney Lowery dropped 15 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Sophomore Jasmyne Harris scored 21 points in the contest, surpassing the 400 point mark and giving her 415 in her career.
- Houston continued to be active defensively, forcing Boston College to turn the basketball over 22 times while picking up nine steals. The Cougars entered the contest first in the American Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in total steals.
- Houston performed well in the specialty-point battles, outscoring Boston College 38-28 in the paint and 16-14 off turnovers. Houston also won the second-chance points battle 17-11, while outscoring the Eagles 10-0 on the fast break.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars continue their road trip in the northeast when they head to Amherst, Mass., to compete in the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic. Houston meets Liberty at 2 p.m. CT, Friday, before squaring off against Northeastern at 10 a.m. CT, Saturday.
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