HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team rolled to a 98-67 win over Incarnate Word, on Monday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse. The game saw a one hour delay and was moved from H&PE Arena to Rice’s campus due to a power outage at Texas Southern.
The Cougars opened with a 6-0 flurry to start the contest, thanks to junior Myyah West, who opened the game with three straight baskets in the paint. Houston held Incarnate Word without a point for the first 2:45 of the period, before UIW cut the lead back to three at 6-3 with a bucket from Quincy Baker and a free throw from Imani Robinson.
Over the next four minutes, Houston would take off on an 18-1 run to blow the game open late into the quarter. The run started with a 3-pointer from Angela Harris and was followed by a layup from Jasmyne Harris to push the lead to 11-3. After a Cardinal free throw, the Cougars picked up another trey from Angela Harris.
The Cougars finished the run with five straight buckets, including one from junior Octavia Barnes, three from sophomore Dorian Branch and another from Angela Harris to push the lead to 24-6 with 2:19 remaining. Houston forced seven Incarnate Word turnovers, leading to 10 points off turnovers in the period, and shot 65.0 percent (13-of-20) to take a 29-11 lead into the first break.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Cougars, and they opened the period on a 9-2 run to take a 38-13 lead. Freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair picked up back-to-back buckets to start the run, and after a bucket from Incarnate Word’s Sydnee Wynn and a free throw from West, Jasmyne Harris and Barnes capped the spurt with a pair of baskets off Cardinal turnovers.
Houston extended the lead to the largest of the half at 42-16 on a pair of free throws from Jasmyne Harris, but from there the Cardinal would cut into the lead with a 12-5 run to end the first half. Wynn and Speer combined for 12 points in the quarter, but the Cougars would hold off the Incarnate Word attack and take a 47-28 advantage into the intermission.
At the half, Houston held a 14-0 advantage on the fast break and were out-scoring the Cardinal 26-10 down low.
Each team’s offense found its stroke in the third quarter, in a frame that saw both squads shoot at least 50.0 percent from the field. The Cougars pushed the lead back to 21 with a pair of free throws to open the half, and the teams would trade buckets over the first four minutes, with the Cougars holding a 61-37 lead with 5:57 to play in the quarter.
From there, Gabbi Bowie sparked a 6-0 run for the Cardinals that would pull the lead back under 20 with 4:40 remaining in the period. Liz Holter followed Bowie with a pair of free throws before Bowie capped the run with a jumper to cut the score to 61-43. However, Jasmyne Harris answered with a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 64-43 and the Cougars would score 16 of the final 25 points in the period to take a 77-52 lead into the final frame.
Incarnate Word forced the Cougars into seven turnovers in the third, leading to eight points off those turnovers, but the Cougars collected 10 offensive rebounds and put in 10 second-chance points to extend their advantage.
Houston’s defense picked back up in the fourth quarter and held Incarnate Word to just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) shooting from the field. Conversely, the Cougars shot 57.1 percent from the field (8-of-14) including a 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) mark from beyond the 3-point line.
The Cougars were paced in the fourth quarter by five points each from senior Dionna Collins and Jasmyne Harris, giving Harris a game-high 26, while senior Kaila Chizer picked up her first points of her career with a free throw late in the contest.
The Cougar bench outscored UIW 13-4 in the final frame, leading to a 98-67 final.
Score: Houston 98 (9-3), Incarnate Word 67 (1-9)
Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas | Tudor Fieldhouse
Houston scored the first basket of the game just 10 seconds into the contest on a layup from Myyah West. Incarnate Word would never pull back even, and the Cougars led for 39:50 of the game.
Houston: The Cougars had five players reach double figures for the first time this season, including a game-high 26 from Jasmyne Harris on 11-of-17 shooting. Octavia Barnes added 14 points for the Cougars while Myyah West finished with a career-high 13 points, and Dorian Branch and Angela Harris added 11 points apiece. Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with nine rebounds, while West had eight and Barnes finished with seven.
Incarnate Word: The Cardinals had a trio of players reach double figures in scoring, including Sydnee Wynn and Charmaine McBride, who each tied for the team lead with 13 points. Kara Speer finished the game with 11 points. Quincy Baker led Incarnate Word on the glass with seven rebounds, including four offensively.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Sophomore guard Angela Harris connected on three 3-pointer in the game, giving her 83 in her career and moving her into 10th all-time on the Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Porsche Landry (2008-13) and Jessica Shanklin (1999-01) who finished their careers with 82.
- Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down four defensive rebounds (nine total) in the game to give her 346 defensive boards in her career, moving her past Karen Yee (344; 1987-90) for 11th on the all-time Houston list.
- Houston dominated the specialty points categories, winning the points in the paint battle 46-24, the points off turnover competition 24-16 and the bench points battle 32-27. Houston would also take a 22-2 advantage on the fast break.
- The Cougars scored 98 points in the contest, marking their highest point total since a 104-65 win over North Texas on Dec. 5, 2009.
- The 31-point spread is the largest margin of victory for the Cougars under Head Coach Ronald Hughey and is the biggest advantage for the program since an 88-48 win over UT Arlington on Nov. 14, 2010.
- With the win, the Cougars improved to 9-3 on the season, marking their best 12-game start since the 2010-11 squad started 9-3 in a season that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament.
- Houston set season highs in points (98), offensive rebounds (21), assists (25), blocks (nine), made field goals (39), field goal percentage (54.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (50.0) in the win.
- Myyah West (13), Dionna Collins (eight), and Kaila Chizer (one) each set career highs for points in the game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return home for their final contest before the Christmas break, when they welcome George Mason to H&PE Arena on Thursday, Dec. 21. Tipoff against the Patriots is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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