San Marcos, Texas – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team claimed its third-straight victory with a 72-67 win over Texas State, behind sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris’ career-high 32 points on Wednesday, in San Marcos, Texas.
Houston came out strong, forcing turnovers on the opening two possessions and building an early 4-0 lead on back-to-back buckets from Harris. After Texas State pulled even at four, Harris put the Cougars on top again, at 7-4, with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
A minute later, Brooke Holle gave the Bobcats their first lead of the night with 5:54 remaining at 8-7, and the two squads would trade buckets until Harris sparked a 6-0 run with a jumper at the 4:02 mark to tie the game at 11. Octavia Barnes reclaimed the lead for Houston with a jumper on the next possession, while Dorian Branch extended it to four on a layup with 2:19 remaining in the frame. However, Texas State closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 19-17 lead into the first break.
Houston pulled back even just over three minutes into the second quarter, when Branch connected on a fast-break layup to tie the game at 21 apiece. After a free throw from Taeler Deer gave the Bobcats a one-point lead, junior Myyah West picked up a pair of offensive rebounds and finished with a put-back layup to give Houston a 23-22 lead, and Houston would never trail again.
The Cougars forced a turnover on the next possession, and West was able to finish again, to push the lead to four points, before sophomore guard Angela Harris scored on a layup of her own to make the margin 27-22 at the under-5 media timeout. The Bobcats cut the score to one on the next two possessions, but Houston used a 5-0 run with a three point play from Octavia Barnes and free throws by Jasmyne Harris and Serithia Hawkins to take a 34-28 advantage.
However, Texas State would hold the Cougars scoreless for nearly the next two minutes to tie the game at 34 all on a layup from Erick May. On the next possession, Branch connected on her first 3-pointer of the game to give Houston a 37-34 lead heading into halftime.
Texas State pulled within one at the 7:51 mark of the third quarter on a jumper from Toshua Leavitt, but a 6-0 run for the Cougars ensured they would not draw even. Jasmyne Harris started the run with an offensive rebound and a tip-in before an Angela Harris layup and another Jasmyne Harris bucket gave Houston its largest lead of the game, to that point, at 45-38.
The Bobcats worked the deficit back down to three with 3:41 remaining in the quarter after Deer was fouled behind the 3-point line and connected on all three free throw attempts, but Houston closed the period on an 8-2 run thanks to five points from Jasmyne Harris to take a 57-48 lead into the fourth.
Houston pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time at the 5:48 mark of the fourth quarter, when Barnes connected on a jumper off an assist from Angela Harris. The Bobcats refused to go away and answered with an 8-2 run over the next 3:35 to cut Houston’s lead to four at 63-59.
With just 52 seconds remaining in regulation, Deer connected on one-of-two free throws to bring Houston’s lead down to three, but the Cougars picked up layup from Jasmyne Harris and a free throw each from Jasmyne and Angela Harris to push the game out of reach.
Score: Houston 72 (5-2), Texas State 67 (4-2)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Strahan Coliseum (San Marcos, Texas)
Though the Cougars had built a nine point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Texas State quickly cut it to six on the opening possession of the final period. However, Houston’s defense would hold the Bobcats scoreless over the next 4:29, limiting the Texas State scoring chances, and putting the game out of reach.
Houston: Sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris had Houston’s first 30-point game since Porsche Landry on Jan. 6, 2013, finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth-career double-double. Dorian Branch also finished in double-figures with 15 points, while Octavia Barnes added 11.
Texas State: Taeler Deer led three Bobcats in double figures with a team-high 18 points and picked up a double-double with 11 assists. Toshua Leavitt added 13 points for Texas State, while Ericka May finished the contest with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for a double-double.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris’ 32 points are the most for a Cougar since Brittney Scott scored 32 on Dec. 5, 2009 against North Texas. Harris tallied the Cougars’ first 30-point game since Porsche Landry had 30 on Jan. 6, 2013 against Delaware State.
- Harris shot 75.0 percent from the field in the game, and her 12 made baskets are a new career-high.
- Junior forward Serithia Hawkins finished the contest with eight rebounds, giving her 524 in her career and moving her into 17th on the all-time Houston rebounding list, passing Yasmeen Thompson (522; 2010-14), Monica Lamb (516; 1983-85) and Brittany Mason (516; 2007-11). Hawkins also pulled down two offensive rebounds in the game, giving her 200 in her career, and making her just the 14th player in program history with at least 200 offensive rebounds.
- Houston finished the contest with a season-high eight blocked shots, including a career-best four from Jasmyne Harris.
- Houston continued to be a force down low, outscoring the Bobcats in the paint 40-28. The Cougars also won the second-chance points battle 11-8, while outscoring Texas State on the fast break 14-6.
- Houston’s 5-2 record means the Cougars are off to their best start since the 2010-11 squad opened the season 8-1.
- With the win, Houston improved to 12-3 all-time against Texas State, while Hughey improved to 1-1.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston wraps up its season-opening, month-long road trip, with a trek up Interstate-45 to meet UT Arlington on Friday. Tipoff against the Mavericks is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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