Cougars Come Back to Stun Rutgers 53-51

Dec. 10, 2016

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HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team used a 15-3 run over the final five minutes to come from behind and beat Rutgers 53-51 inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday. Freshman guard Jasmyne Harris led Houston with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After Mariah Mitchell buried a 3-pointer to open the game, Rutgers took control and went on an 11-2 run fueled by six points from Victoria Harris. However, Houston would answer with a flurry of its own, finishing the frame on a 10-2 run with eight points coming from Mitchell to lead 15-13 at the break.

Serithia Hawkins caught fire in the second quarter and finished the half with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and four rebounds. Hawkins and the Cougars never trailed throughout the second quarter extending their lead to as many as nine points, before heading to the locker room up 29-26. Houston forced six turnovers and scored five points off those turnovers in the quarter.

The Cougars came out sluggish in the second half, and scored just five points on 3-of-12 shooting in the third period. With six points each from Desiree Keeling and Shrita Parker, Rutgers entered the fourth quarter with an eight point lead at 42-34.

The fourth quarter started similar to the third, with the Cougars struggling to find a rhythm. However, with the score 48-38 in Rutgers’ favor, the Cougars began a 15-3 run with a jumper from Chyanne Butler. Houston then forced three turnovers over the next 3:11 and hit four consecutive shots to pull within one at 49-48. Coming out of a Rutgers timeout, the Cougars forced another turnover that led to a Dorian Branch layup to give Houston the lead 50-49.

After Butler knocked down a free-throw to make the lead 51-49 with 33 seconds remaining, Kandiss Barber drilled a jumper to tie the game at 51 all with just 20 seconds to play. The Cougars were unfazed, and Hawkins put in a layup off her third offensive rebound of the game to give Houston the lead for good with just nine seconds to play.

Score: Houston 53, Rutgers 51
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Location: Houston, Texas (Hofheinz Pavilion)

With 6:54 remaining in the contest, Rutgers extended its lead to 10 points, but over the final 4:55 Houston’s defense clamped down. The Cougars allowed just one field goal and three points over the last five minutes, while outscoring Rutgers 15-3 down the stretch.

Houston: Freshman guard Jasmyne Harris led the Cougars with 12 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. The current American Conference Freshman of the Week registered her third-consecutive double-digit scoring game. Hawkins and Butler also had double-digits with 11 and 10 points respectively, while Hawkins pulled down nine rebounds and Butler tied with Harris for a game-best five assists.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights saw three players score double figures led by Victoria Harris and Shrita Parker with 13 points each. Aliyah Jeune added 11 points, while Harris finished with nine rebounds and Kandiss Barber pulled down eight.


  • For the eighth time in nine games the Cougars picked up tremendous production from their bench, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 18-8.
  • Houston was able to come from behind and win the game despite losing the turnover battle and being outrebounded in the contest.

Following Saturday’s contest, the Cougars open up a three-game swing away from Hofheinz Pavilion. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Houston travels to Lafayette, La., to face Louisiana before heading to the Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament where they will face the host school UTSA on Dec. 19 and Central Arkansas on Dec. 20.

The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2016-17 athletic season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Softball home games. Fans can order a Shasta Pass by clicking HERE.

The Houston Athletics Ticket Office also offers a Floor Seats season ticket package. For just $250, fans will have courtside access to all 14 Houston home games in 2016-17. Fans can purchase a season ticket package for Floor Seats by clicking HERE.

Single-game tickets for all 14 games inside Hofheinz Pavilion are on sale now via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Prices begin at just $5 for general admission seats and range up to $20 for floor seats. General admission group tickets are offered to parties of 10+ for $3 each. Single-game tickets can be purchased HERE.

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