HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team continues American Athletic Conference play with a trip to New Orleans, to meet Tulane on Saturday at 2 p.m., inside Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.
Fans can follow Saturday’s contest through a variety of different sources, including a live stream courtesy of Tulane athletics. The stream requires a fee for access, but can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Green Wave live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through SideArm Stats, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Cougars Fall 57-49 to Tulane
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returned to Hofheinz Pavilion in a 57-49 loss to Tulane on Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars were led offensively by 15 points from senior Jacqueline Blake.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game at Tulane.
Back to the Big Easy – Houston has a 2-0 record this season while playing in New Orleans. The Cougars knocked off Milwaukee and New Orleans in back-to-back games of the Preseason WNIT earlier this season.
Keep it Going – With a victory over the Green Wave, Houston will look to improve on their best start since joining the American Conference. Houston is also riding a 5-game winning streak and has won 11 of its last 12.
From Deep – Houston has been lighting it up from beyond the 3-point line this season. The Cougars rank second in the conference and 34th in the nation with 116 made 3-pointers.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (209), steals per game (13.1) and turnovers forced (23.69) and ranks third, 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 57 steals and 3.56 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 5 and No. 10 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. TULANE
Houston and Tulane will meet on the hardwood for the 42nd time in a series that dates back to 1978.
Tulane owns the overall series record at 28-13 and holds a 13-6 record in New Orleans. The Green Wave won the most recent contest, a 57-49 decision, on Jan. 31, 2017, in New Orleans.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 13-3 (2-0 American) on the season after defeating Wichita State 73-55 in its American Conference home opener on Tuesday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.9 points per game. Harris has scored 303 points this season, which ranks 18th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.6 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 11.4 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.3 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score 67.9. Houston is shooting 42.2 percent from the field including 33.6 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.4 percent of their shots and 27.1 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 7.9 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.9 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (209), steals per game (13.1) turnovers forced per game (23.69) and turnover margin (+5.25) and ranks third, eighth, eighth and 34th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-10 in the nation in both steals (57) and steals per game (3.56).
SCOUTING THE GREEN WAVE
Tulane enters with a 9-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in conference play after defeating Tulsa 72-63 on Wednesday.
The Green Wave shoot 42.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 65.8 points per game. Conversely, Tulane allows opponents to score 62.0 points per game while letting them shoot 36.7 and 29.4 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
Tulane has just one player that averages double figures per game in scoring, however Kolby Morgan ranks tied for second in the conference with her 21.5 points per contest.
On the glass, Harlan Wyatt paces the Green Wave with 6.5 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return home for a 2-game swing inside H&PE Arena, beginning with a 7 p.m., tipoff against Cincinnati on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Three days later, the Cougars will welcome No. 1/1 UConn to town for a 2 p.m., tilt on Saturday Dec. 13.
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.