HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its 2017-18 schedule with a 77-53 victory over Columbia, inside H&PE Arena on Thursday.
The game started as a back-and-forth affair with the Cougars opening the scoring on a jumper from Angela Harris. The Lions answered with a 3-pointer from Paige Tippet, but Jasmyne Harris connected on a 3-pointer of her own to make the score 5-3.
After Columbia retied the game on the following possession, the Cougars used a 10-2 run over the next 3:24 to take an eight-point lead midway through the frame. Serithia Hawkins opened the run with back-to-back 3-point buckets, and each Angela and Jasmyne Harris followed with a pair of baskets to cap the streak.
Columbia would cut the lead back to four just two possessions later, after a pair of layups from Maya Sampleton, but the Cougars would score eight of the last 15 points of the period to take a 23-17 lead at the break. Houston shot 58.8 percent from the field and picked up 10 first-quarter points from Hawkins.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle which saw the period open with an 8-2 run by the Lions to knot the score. The frame opened with a jumper from Madison Pack, before Paige Tippet brought Columbia within one at 23-22 on a 3-pointer. Hawkins stopped the spurt with a layup two possessions later, but Casey Riley nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 25 all.
However, the Cougars stepped up the defensive intensity and held the Lions without a field goal and to just two points overall over the final 7:53 of the quarter. Houston took advantage with a 3-pointer from Angela Harris and a layup from Hawkins to push the score to 30-25 with 3:18 left in the half. At the 1:52 mark, Octavia Barnes pushed the lead to seven with a jumper, and after Camille Zimmerman knocked down a pair of free throws for Columbia, Myyah West hit a jumper with just two seconds remaining to make the score 34-27 at the break.
The Cougars held the Lions to 25.0 percent shooting in the second quarter and limited Columbia to just 12 shots in the frame, while forcing eight turnovers, in a period that saw just 22 total points.
Houston began to pull away from the Lions to open the second half, and took its first double-digit lead of the contest at 41-30 on a layup from Jasmyne Harris with 8:11 to play in the quarter. Angela Harris opened the half with a layup and after a 3-pointer from Riley brought the score to 36-30, Houston rattled off six-straight points on a 3-pointer from Hawkins, a layup from Jasmyne Harris and a free throw from West.
Riley cut the lead back to 10 on the next possession, but Houston closed the half on a 15-8 run to take a 57-40 lead into the final frame. The Cougars again shot over 50 percent in the quarter, making 8-of-15 (53.3) shots from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. The Cougars forced the Lions into six third-quarter turnovers leading to seven points off those turnovers.
Houston would continue to extend the lead throughout the fourth quarter, pushing the margin to 20 points for the first time 4:26 into the period. Zimmerman cut the lead to 15 to open the quarter with a layup, but the Lions would never get any closer than that. Jasmyne Harris answered with a jumper, which was followed by a layup from Dorian Branch to make the score 61-42.
After a jumper from Jasmyne Harris put the Cougars up 73-48 with just 4:41 to play, each team would go on a scoring drought. For the next 2:21, neither team would find the scoreboard, until Quatera Limbrick broke the struggle with a jumper to push the score to 75-48. The teams would trade buckets for the remainder of the contest, and although Janiya Clemmons hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Cougars came away with the 77-53 victory.
Score: Houston 77 (11-3), Columbia 53 (6-7)
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas | Houston, Texas
The Cougars struggled to find the scoreboard in the second quarter, shooting just 27.8 percent (5-of-18). However, after the Lions clawed back to tie the game at 25 all, the Cougars held Columbia without a field goal for nearly eight minutes, and the Cougars finished the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 34-27 at the half.
Houston: Houston had four players in double figures, including a game-high 19 from Serithia Hawkins. Jasmyne Harris just missed a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while Angela Harris added 14 points, and Dorian Branch scored 10. Myyah West tied with Jasmyne Harris for the team lead on the glass with nine rebounds each.
Columbia: The Lions saw just two players reach double figures, including a team-high 13 from Camille Zimmerman. Maya Sampleton added 12 points, while Madison Pack paced Columbia on the boards with seven rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
- With the victory, Houston improved to 1-0 all-time against Columbia.
- The win over the Lions gives Houston its 11th win of the season and matches the most wins in the non-conference season in program history since conference play began. The mark ties the 2003-04 team.
- Houston’s 11-3 record, marks the best start since the 2004-05 team started 14-3 in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
- With 14 points in the contest, sophomore Angela Harris joined the 500-point club and now has 509 in her career. Harris also finished the contest with four steals after entering the game 11th in the nation and first in the American Athletic Conference in steals per game (3.56).
- With 16 points against the Lions, sophomore Jasmyne Harris now has 601 points in her career. Harris also pulled down nine rebounds in the contest, giving her 256 in just 1.5 years. Harris also finished the game with a career-best nine assists.
- Houston won four of the five specialty point battles, outscoring Columbia 26-16 in the paint, 27-11 off turnovers, 13-8 on second chance points and 4-0 on the fast break. The Lions edged the Cougars 14-13 in bench points.
- Junior forward Myyah West matched a career-high with nine rebounds in the contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars open American Athletic Conference play with a showdown against in-state rival SMU, on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tipoff in the 58th meeting between the two programs is scheduled for 2 p.m., inside Moody Coliseum.
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