SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of Houston Women’s Basketball team was in control throughout the evening as they earned a 67-51 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word at the McDermott Convocation Center on Monday night.
“I’m really excited by the way our team demonstrated great poise against a tough Incarnate Word team that fought hard until the final whistle,” Houston head coach Ronald Hughey said. “Our kids continued to show the resilience and perseverance that carried us to the Rice win Saturday. Through adversity, we stuck together and trusted each other until we had the victory.”
Houston led for all but 54 seconds of the game and built a 19-point advantage as they coasted to their second win in three days, both on the road. The Cougars were guided by career high scoring performances by a trio of newcomers: Serithia Hawkins, Kierra Graves and Jacqueline Blake.
Score: Houston 67, Incarnate Word 51
Records: Houston 3-5, Incarnate Word 3-4
Date: Monday, December 7, 2015
Location: San Antonio, Texas (McDermott Convocation Center)
Houston scored the final five points of the second quarter to take a 35-23 lead into halftime, and after UIW opened the third quarter with a deuce, the Cougars scored nine more uninterrupted points. Blake capped the run with a putback that gave the Coogs a 44-25 lead with 6:23 left in the quarter. It was Houston’s largest lead, and though UIW would rally late, the Cougars never trailed again.
Houston: Hawkins led the Cougars with 16 points, while Graves added 12 and Blake poured in 11. All three Cougars set personal highs in a Houston uniform, and Blake also topped her career best with 13 rebounds.
Incarnate Word: Brianna Williams came off the bench and led all scorers with 21 points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Houston shot 33.9 percent (21-for-62) as a team, 33.3 percent (7-for-21) from 3-point range and 75.0 percent (18-for-24) from the free throw line. The 18 free throws are a new season high for Hughey’s team.
- UIW was 36.7 percent (18-for-49) from the floor, 25.0 percent (3-for-12) shooting the 3-ball and 60.0 percent (12-for-20) from the line.
- The Cougars pounded the glass and gained a major rebounding advantage for the second game in a row. They outrebounded the Cardinals, 50-31, including 23 offensive boards.
- Alecia Smith tallied eight points and led the Cougars with three assists.
- Graves and Hawkins each posted a team-best three steals, and Sharayla Brown finished with Houston’s lone blocked shot.
- Hawkins came out on fire, hitting her first six field goal attempts before finishing 6-for-8.
- The freshman was once again a stalwart on the glass, collecting five offensive rebounds and seven boards total.
- The Coogs dominated second chance points, 20-10.
- Hughey’s squad won all four quarters: 12-7, 23-16, 15-13, and 17-15.
- Houston led at the half, 35-23, their largest halftime lead of the Hughey era. Graves led UH with 10 points, and Hawkins had nine at the break.
NEWS & NOTES
- Hawkins entered the game as the only freshman to rank in the American Athletic Conference’s top-30 in scoring and top-20 in rebounding. She now paces the Cougars with 11.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
- Blake’s double-double is the second in as many games after Tyler Gilbert recorded 12 points and 14 rebounds Dec. 5 at Rice.
- Marche' Amerson scored seven points in the game and now has 914 for her career.
- Houston has topped the 20-rebound mark on the offensive end in their last three games.
- With the victory, Houston is now 1-1 all-time against Incarnate Word.
- The Cougars have also won their last three matchups with Southland Conference teams, including last season’s wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Nicholls State.
UP NEXT FOR THE COUGARS
Houston returns to Hofheinz Pavilion Dec. 12, when they take on UNLV. Tickets are available at UHCougars.com/tickets as the Cougars and Runnin’ Rebels share the court for the first time since Dec. 22, 1994, a 77-64 Houston victory.
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