HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns to American Athletic Conference action, when they welcome No. 1/1 UConn to H&PE Arena for a 2 p.m., tipoff Saturday, with the game airing live on SNY and ESPN3.
Fans who cannot make it out to H&PE Arena on Saturday can follow the action through a variety of means, including regionally on the SNY network and on the internet via ESPN3, which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Huskies 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
Cougars Fall 91-42 at No. 1/1 UConn
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell 91-42 on the road at No. 1/1 UConn on Saturday. Freshman guard Jasmyne Harris led the Cougars with 14 points in the contest.
The first 200 fans in attendance at Saturday’s game against the Huskies will receive a FREE, white University of Houston t-shirt.
The Cougars are also offering a special on tickets. Until midnight on Friday, all tickets for Saturday’s matchup begin at just $3 when purchased online. Tickets can be found by clicking HERE.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game against UConn.
Nation’s Best – The matchup against the Huskies will be Houston’s 15th meeting all time against the No. 1 team in the nation. Of those, UConn has been ranked No. 1 in all five of the previous meetings.
Going Streaking – Houston has posted a pair of six-game winning streaks during the 2017-18 season. The last time the Cougars accomplished that feat was in 2004-05.
From Deep – Houston has been lighting it up from beyond the 3-point line this season. The Cougars rank second in the conference and 29th in the nation with 134 made 3-pointers and have averaged 10.0 3-pointers made per game since entering conference play.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (223), steals per game (12.4) and turnovers forced (23.06) and ranks third, eighth and 11th 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 59 steals and 3.28 steals per game lead the American Conference and rank No. 7 and No. 13 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. UConn
Houston and UConn will meet for the sixth time in school history. The Huskies own the all-time series record, 5-0, and have been ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in each of the five previous meetings.
The Huskies claimed the most recent contest, a 91-42 decision, on Jan. 28, 2017.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 14-4 (3-1 American) on the season after falling to Cincinnati 88-82 on Wednesday, inside H&PE Arena.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 20.3 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 366 points this season, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.4 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 12.3 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.3 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 (223), steals per game (12.4) turnovers forced per game (23.06) and turnover margin (+5.06) and ranks third, eighth, 11th and 34th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (59) and steals per game (3.28).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
UConn enters Saturday’s game with a 14-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in American Athletic Conference play after defeating UCF, 80-44, on Tuesday. The Huskies are currently riding a 100-game regular season winning streak.
The Huskies shoot 53.1 percent from the field and 39.6 from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 90.5 points per game. Conversely, UConn holds opponents to a 33.7 percent mark overall and just 28.7 percent from deep while limiting opponents to 56.0 points per contest.
UConn has six players that average double figures including 18.0 from Katie Lou Samuelson, who paces the squad. Napheesa Collier averages 15.5 points per contest, while Kia Nurse adds 15.0, and Azura Steven scores 14.0 while primarily coming off the bench. Crystal Dangerfield and Gabby Williams round out the points leaders for the Huskies with 12.0 and 11.1 points per game, respectively.
Stevens also paces the Huskies on the glass, pulling down 8.9 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston heads back on the road for a pair of American Athletic Conference matchups, when they meet Temple on Tuesday, Jan. 16, before heading to face ECU on Saturday, Jan. 20.
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.