PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell 75-57 on the road at RV/- Rutgers, on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center, in Piscataway, N.J.
Rutgers started fast, making seven of their first 11 baskets, including six consecutive to take an early 15-2 lead. Scarlet Knight’s leading-scorer Tyler Scaife scored seven of Rutgers first 15-points including a 3-point bucket to make the lead 11-2.
Houston didn’t connect on its first bucket of the game until 4:59 into the first period, when Angela Harris drove to the lane and hit a floater to cut the lead to 15-4. After a turnover on the next possession, Dorian Branch drilled Houston’s first 3-point bucket of the contest to bring the deficit to eight at the under-5 media timeout.
After a Caitlin Jenkins bucket brought the lead to ten at 18-8, the Cougars clamped down on defense. Harris followed the Rutgers bucket with a 3-pointer, before the Cougars forced a steal, leading to another 3-point basket from Harris to bring the score to 18-14.
Houston shot 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line in the first quarter to work its way back into the contest, but a 5-of-12 mark from the free throw line allowed them to only pull within four at 22-18 after the first quarter.
The Cougars cut the lead to three early in the second quarter after Jasmyne Harris picked up a rebound and went coast-to-coast for the layup to make the score 23-20. However, the Scarlet Knights would respond with a 7-1 run over the next two minutes to extend the lead back to nine at 30-21 and force a Houston timeout.
The Scarlet Knights would close the half on a 9-2 run to push the lead to 43-25 at the half.
The Cougars picked up the first bucket of the second half, but the Scarlet Knights followed with a 9-0 run capped by a Scaife old-fashioned, 3-point play to push the lead to 52-28. After the teams traded buckets, Rutgers used a 6-0 mark to extend the lead to the largest of the quarter at 60-32.
The Cougars would respond with an 11-0 run of their own over the final 4:57 of the period. Octavia Barnes sparked the run with a 10-foot jumper, before Serithia Hawkins added four straight points off a pair of free throws and a turnaround jumper. Barnes picked up another bucket, before Jasmyne Harris capped the run with a free throw and a layup to cut the lead to 60-43 after three quarters.
Rutgers held the Cougars without a bucket for the first 2:56 of the final quarter, and built the lead back to 64-43 before Julia Blackshell-Fair found the scoreboard on a layup. The two squads traded buckets over the next 4:30, with the lead hovering around 20 points, before back-to-back scores for Rutgers pushed the lead to 75-52.
Score: Rutgers 75, Houston 57
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center
Rutgers held the Cougars to just seven points in the second quarter while using separate 8-0 runs to open a double-digit lead.
Houston: The Cougars had a trio of players reach double figures in scoring including a team-high 15 from Angela Harris on 6-of-12 shooting. Dorian Branch added 13 points, while Jasmyne Harris finished the night with 11. Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds.
Rutgers: Tyler Scaife led four Scarlet Knights in double-figures with a game-high 24 points, shooting 11-of-24 from the field. Victoria Harris and Caitlin Jenkins each tallied double-doubles in the game with 10 points each, while Jenkins pulled down a team-high 11 boards, and Harris picked up 10, while Stasha Carey also scored 10 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down six defensive rebounds in the game, giving her 342 defensive boards in her career and moving her into 12th on the all-time list at Houston, passing Lesslee Mason (339; 2008-11).
- With eight rebounds in the game, Hawkins now has 552 in her career, making her just the 15th student-athlete in program history to reach the 550 rebound plateau.
- The Cougars forced Rutgers to commit 22 turnovers in the contest. The Cougars entered the game first in the American Athletic Conference in turnovers forced by forcing 23.00 per game.
- Sophomore Angela Harris made a trio of 3-point buckets in the contest, giving her 80 in her career and moving her to 12th on the Houston all-time 3-pointers made list, moving her past teammate Mariah Mitchell.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston returns home to H&PE Arena to play host to Incarnate Word at 11 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 18. Monday’s game will serve as Houston’s ‘Education Day’ game where students from local schools will be in attendance.
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