HOUSTON -- The -/RV Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team wraps up a 2-game road swing with a trip to the east, to face ECU, on Saturday at 4 p.m., in Greenville, N.C.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including a live stream via ECU Athletics which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Pirates 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 Close Hofheinz with Win over ECU
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team finished its final season inside historic Hofheinz Pavilion with an 81-65 win over East Carolina in the team’s home finale. The Cougars honored seniors Jacqueline Blake and Kierra Graves prior to the contest.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday's American Athletic Conference game at ECU.
American Wins -- A win over the Pirates would give Houston its fifth American Athletic Conference win in 2017-18, the most that the program has had in conference play since joining the league.
Road Streaking -- Houston has won three consecutive true road games for the first time since the 2010-11 season. A win over the Pirates would push that streak to four.
From Deep -- The Cougars have made 153 3-pointers this season, including a program-record 15 against Temple on Tuesday. That mark is the 8th most in program history, and stands just 24 behind the all-time record of 178.
I'll Take That -- Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (240), steals per game (12.0) and turnovers forced (22.50) and ranks third, 15th and 13th 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 62 steals and 3.10 steals per game lead the American Conference and rank No. 8 and No. 19 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. ECU
The Cougars and Pirates have met 18 times previously in a series that dates back to when each team was a member of Conference USA. The Cougars own the series lead 11-7, with a 5-3 record when playing in Greenville, N.C.
Houston has won the last two contests in the series after sweeping the Pirates a year ago in American Play. Houston won the first contest, 73-62, on Feb. 4 in Greenville, before closing the doors at historic Hofheinz Pavilion with an 81-65 win over the Pirates on Feb. 25.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 15-5 (4-2 American) on the season bouncing back and defeating Temple, 99-75, in the program's first ever win against the Owls. The Cougars are receiving a vote in the most recent USA Today Coaches' Poll.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 20.5 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 410 points this season, which leads The American and ranks fifth in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.5 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 11.8 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.0 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 76.2 points per game while allowing opponents to score 71.8. Houston is shooting 42.0 percent from the field including 34.7 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.6 percent of their shots but only 27.1 percent from beyond the arc. Houston's 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and 21st in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.9 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (240), steals per game (12.0) and turnovers forced per game (22.50) and ranks third, 15th and 13th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (62) and steals per game (3.10).
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
ECU enters Tuesday's contest with a 9-9 record and a 1-4 mark in American Athletic Conference play, after dropping its most recent contest, 65-51, at SMU on Saturday.
The Pirates shoot 36.8 percent from the field and 23.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 63.3 points per contest. Conversely, ECU allows its opponents to score 64.9 points a night while letting them shoot 38.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from deep.
ECU has just one player that averages double figures in scoring, led by Ariyana Williams who scores 10.9 points per night. Thais Oliveira ranks second on the team with 9.1 points per contest.
Oliveira paces the pirates on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per game, while Salita Green sits second at 5.4 boards per night.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars will have the midweek off from competition before returning to the hardwood to meet SMU in a return game from their Dec. 30 matchup, which Houston won, 85-75. Tipoff inside H&PE Arena 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.