HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball Team rides a 6-game winning streak into an American Athletic Conference matchup against Cincinnati, on Wednesday, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game airing live on ESPN3, inside H&PE Arena.
Fans who cannot make it out to H&PE Arena on Wednesday can follow the action through a variety of means, including a live stream via ESPN3 which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Bearcats 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
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Cougars Advance to American Quarterfinals
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team upset Cincinnati 74-61 in the first round of the Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday. The win for Houston advances them to the quarterfinal round to meet Temple, on Saturday.
The contest against the Bearcats will serve as Houston’s Military Recognition Day. Special $3 tickets will be offered to all military members with a military ID.
Wednesday’s game will also be Houston’s final High School Day game. Interested High School Students can receive free admission to the game by filling out the form which can be found HERE.
The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a FREE University of Houston Pint Glass. Vouchers will be provided for the glass at the entrance gate and can be redeemed on the way out of H&PE Arena following the game.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Wednesday's American Athletic Conference game against Cincinnati.
Friendly Confines -- Houston returns to H&PE Arena on Wednesday night after a 1-game swing on the road. The Cougars are 6-0 on their home court throughout the 2017-18 season.
Keep it Going -- With a victory over Cincinnati, Houston will look to improve on its best start since joining the American Athletic Conference. Houston is also riding a 6-game winning streak and has won 12 of its last 13.
From Deep -- Houston has been lighting it up from beyond the 3-point line this season. The Cougars rank second in the conference and 39th in the nation with 126 made 3-pointers and have averaged 10.7 3-pointers made per game since entering conference play.
I'll Take That -- Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (217), steals per game (12.8) and turnovers forced (23.65) and ranks fifth, eighth and sixth 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 58 steals and 3.41 steals per game lead the American Conference and rank No. 7 and No. 13 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. CINCINNATI
Houston and Cincinnati have met 22 times previously on the hardwood, in a series that dates back to 1997, when each team was a member of Conference USA. Cincinnati holds the all-time advantage in the series at 16-6.
Cincinnati defeated Houston twice during the regular season in 2016-17, winning, 85-64, in Ohio on Jan. 7, before defeating the Cougars, 71-62, in Houston on Feb. 11. The two squads would meet again in the American Championship however, with the Cougars upsetting the No. 7 seed, 74-61, to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The victory for Houston snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Bearcats.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 14-3 (3-0 American) on the season after coming from behind from 21-points down in the second half to stun Tulane 98-92 in overtime on Saturday. The comeback for Houston ranks tied for ninth all-time in NCAA second-half comebacks.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 19.8 points per game and became Houston's first player to score 30 or more points in multiple games in a season since Porsche Landry in 2012-13. Harris has scored 337 points this season, which ranks 19th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.2 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 12.2 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.4 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 77.0 points per game while allowing opponents to score 69.3. Houston is shooting 42.4 percent from the field including 34.1 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.9 percent of their shots but only 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Houston's 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and 15th in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.2 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (217), steals per game (12.8) turnovers forced per game (23.65) and turnover margin (+5.41) and ranks fifth, eighth, sixth and 27th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (58) and steals per game (3.41).
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati enters Wednesday's matchup with a 9-7 record and a 1-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Bearcats enter having dropped their last two contests, 69-46 at home against USF on Jan. 3, and a 64-51 decision at Tulsa on Jan. 6. The Bearcats are 2-3 away from Cincinnati this season.
The Bearcats shoot 42.7 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line leading to 66.9 points per game. Conversely, the Bearcats allow opponents to score 59.8 points per contest while letting them shoot 36.7 percent overall and 31.4 percent from deep.
Cincinnati has three players that average double figures in scoring, including Nikira Goings who paces the Bearcats with 13.1 points per game. Iiamr'I Thomas averages 11.8 points per contest while primarily coming off the bench, and Ana Owens scores 10.1 a night.
The Bearcats are a balanced team on the glass with Shanice Johnson leading the way with 6.4 rebounds per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars wrap up their 2-game homestand when they welcome No. 1/1 UConn to H&PE Arena on Saturday. Tipoff against the Huskies 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.