HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns to H&PE Arena for its American Athletic Conference home opener, when it welcomes Wichita State to town for a 7 p.m., tipoff on Tuesday.
Fans who cannot make it to H&PE Arena on Tuesday can catch the game live with their UHCougars.com all-access accounts and can find the link by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against Wichita State live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through GameTracker, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Tuesday’s contest will be one of Houston’s High School Day games, where local students from various high schools will be invited to attend. Students wishing to attend Thursday’s high school game should fill out the form HERE.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the American Athletic Conference home opener against Wichita State.
Welcome Home – The Cougars return home for their American Athletic Conference home opener against Wichita State. Houston is 5-0 this season when playing inside H&PE Arena.
The New Team – Wichita State is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference after joining during the summer of 2017. However, the two squads have met twice previously on the hardwood.
From Deep – Houston has been lighting it up from beyond the 3-point line this season. The Cougars rank third in the conference with 105 made 3-pointers.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (194), steals per game (12.9) and turnovers forced (23.60) and ranks fifth, eighth and eighth in the nation, respectively.
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 54 steals and 3.60 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 6 and No. 10 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. WICHITA STATE
Houston and Wichita State will meet for the third time on Tuesday and the first since the 2004-05 season.
Houston owns the overall record, 2-0, including a 75-61 win in Kansas in the first meeting on Jan. 4, 2004, before following that with a 69-41 win at home the following season on Nov. 19, 2004.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 12-3 (1-0 American) on the season after opening American Athletic Conference play with an 85-75 win at SMU on Saturday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.5 points per game. Harris has scored 277 points this season, which ranks 31st in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.2 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 11.7 per game, and Dorian Branch averages 11.0 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.9 points per game while allowing opponents to score 68.7. Houston is shooting 42.1 percent from the field including 32.6 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.1 percent of their shots and 28.3 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.1 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (194), steals per game (12.9) turnovers forced per game (23.60) and turnover margin (+5.00) and ranks fifth, eighth, eighth and 35th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-10 in the nation in both steals (54) and steals per game (3.60).
SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS
Wichita State enters with a 5-10 overall record and a 0-1 mark in conference play after falling 67-62 at home against Tulsa on Saturday.
The Shockers shoot 43.0 percent from the field but only 25.3 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 66.4 points per game. Conversely Wichita State allows opponents to score 69.9 points per game while letting them shoot 44.0 and 32.5 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
The Shockers have a trio of players who average double figures in scoring, including a team-best 18.6 from Rangie Bessard. Diamond Lockhart averages 10.2 points per game, while Angiee Tompkins adds 10.1.
On the glass, Bessard paces the Shockers with 7.5 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars head back on the road for a one-game swing, when they head to New Orleans for the second time this season, to meet Tulane on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tipoff against the Green Wave is scheduled for 2 p.m.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Houston will play its 2017-18 home games inside H&PE Arena on the campus of nearby Texas Southern University while renovations continue on the $60 million Fertitta Center.
For the best value to enjoy all 13 regular-season home games, fans can purchase a Shasta Pass for just $80. With the Shasta Pass, fans enjoy admission into every Women’s Basketball home game as well as Softball games in the spring.
Single game tickets are also available for games throughout the Women’s Basketball season, starting as low as $3 for general admission and $20 for reserved floor seats if purchases are made online before gameday. Ticket sales on gameday or walkup sales begin at $5 for general admission and $20 for reserved floor seats.
Fans can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com/tickets or by clicking HERE, or by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS.
Fans can receive daily information and in-game updates by following @UHCougarWBB on Twitter. Fans can also catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook page at facebook.com/UHCougarWBB.