HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat Texas Tech, 79-75, in their home opener, on Sunday, inside H&PE Arena.
Texas Tech scored the first five points of the contest, on a jumper from Brittany Brewer, and a 3-point bucket from Dayo Olabode. Junior Serithia Hawkins answer Olabode’s triple with a 3-pointer of her own to get Houston on the board just over a minute into the game.
Texas Tech pushed the lead to six at 9-3 on a layup from Brewer, but a 5-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from Angela Harris brought the lead back to three at 11-8. Houston would inch closer, cutting the score to 19-18 on a Sharayla Brown layup with 2:13 to play, and with just 11 seconds remaining in the quarter, a Myyah West layup gave the Cougars a 22-21 lead at the first intermission.
Houston pushed its lead to four points to open the second quarter with a 3-pointer from Branch, but the Red Raiders responded with a 6-0 run to retake the lead at 27-25. Houston tied the game on the next possession with a jumper from freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair, but the Red Raiders immediately followed with a 7-0 run.
Brielle Blair started the run for Texas Tech with a 3-pointer to take the lead at 30-27, before a bucket from Erin Degrate and a jumper from Jada Terry pushed the score to 34-27 with 3:25 to play in the quarter. However, Houston would close with seven of the final nine points. After another Hawkins basket, and a jumper from Texas Tech’s Blair, Houston closed with a 3-pointer from sophomore Angela Harris and a layup from Jasmyne Harris to cut the lead to 36-34 at the half.
Houston tied the game 13 seconds into the third quarter, on a layup from junior forward Myyah West, and the Cougars would reclaim the lead 3:32 seconds later after an Angela Harris layup brought the score to 41-40 with 7:35 remaining in the quarter.
The two squads traded buckets for the remainder of the third quarter, with neither team building a lead more than three points. Texas Tech grabbed the lead at 46-44 on a bucket from Brewer, but Houston answered with a three from Dorian Branch to hold a 47-46 edge. The lead would change hands five more times throughout the period, ending with the Red Raiders on top 57-56 with 10 minutes to play.
Texas Tech grabbed its largest lead of the night to open the fourth quarter, beginning the frame on a 7-0 run to push the score to 64-56 with 8:01 left in regulation. Recee Caldwell started the run with a layup, which was followed by a Blaire old-fashioned 3-point play and a bucket from Brewer to push the lead to eight.
Houston tried to cut into the lead on the next three possessions, but Texas Tech had an answer for each and held a 68-61 advantage with 5:19 remaining. However, the Cougars would reel off a 9-0 run over the next 3:04 to erase the deficit and take the lead at 70-68.
Hawkins started the run with a 10-foot jumper to make the lead 68-63 before the Cougars forced a turnover on the next possession, leading to another bucket from the junior. Angela Harris picked Blaire’s pocket on the next possession, leading to a Jasmyne Harris layup the other way to cut the lead to 68-67. A minute later, Branch connected on her fifth 3-pointer of the game to give Houston a 70-68 lead.
After a Red Raider free throw brought the score to 70-69, Branch gave the Cougars a four-point advantage with another 3-pointer, giving her a career-high 20 points including 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. The game was not out of reach yet however, as Caldwell answered with a 3-pointer of her own, but Serithia Hawkins stepped up and buried a 3-pointer on the next possession to give her a career-high 23 points and bring the score to 76-72 Houston.
Texas Tech pulled within two again at 77-75 on another triple from Caldwell with just 11 seconds remaining, but Angela Harris sealed the game from the line with a pair of free throws to bring the score to the 79-75 final.
Score: Houston 79 (7-2), Texas Tech 75 (3-4)
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Location: H&PE Arena (Houston, Texas)
Texas Tech used a 7-0 run to open the fourth quarter, and take their largest lead of the game at 64-56 with 8:01 remaining. However, the Cougars outscored the Red Raiders 25-11 over the remainder of the contest to seal the comeback win.
Houston: The Cougars saw three players reach double figures including a team-high and career-high 22 from Serithia Hawkins. Dorian Branch also tallied a career-high with 20 points, while Angela Harris added 17 points to go along with five steals and five assists. Hawkins and Jasmyne Harris paced the Cougars on the glass with seven rebounds each.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders also had a trio of players reach the double-figure plateau. Recee Caldwell led Texas Tech with 24 points and nine assists on 10-of-18 shooting from the line, while Brittany Brewer tallied a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Brielle Blaire also had double-digits with 14 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Houston won its fifth consecutive game for the first time since winning 17 straight from Jan. 6-March 10, 2011.
- Houston has come from behind when trailing by eight points or more in five of its seven wins this season. The Cougars trailed by 14 with 1:35 remaining in the first half against UTA, and came back from deficits of 14, 12 and 12 against Milwaukee, Liberty and Northeastern, respectively.
- With four 3-pointers made in the contest, Angela Harris moved up to 15th all-time on the Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Nicole Oliver (71; 2000-04) and Shondra Bush (74; 2001-03).
- With nine points in the contest, sophomore guard Jasmyne Harris now has 505 points through 40 career games.
- Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down seven rebounds in the game, giving her 537 in her career, passing Pat Luckey (536; 1993-96) for 15th on the all-time rebounding list.
- The Cougars forced 20 Texas Tech turnovers in the game and came away with 11 steals. Houston entered first in the American Athletic Conference in turnovers forced per game (24.75) and steals (110), while ranking third and ninth in the nation, respectively.
- Houston outscored the Red Raiders 16-5 in points off turnovers.
- Houston’s 7-2 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 39-14 all-time against Texas Tech, while Hughey improved to 1-2.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars will get a week off to rest, before returning to action against East Tennessee State, on Sunday, Dec. 10. Tipoff against the Bucs is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside H&PE Arena.
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