HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns to H&PE Arena for a matchup between in-state rival SMU with tipoff set for 2 p.m., Saturday.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including with an UHCougars.com All-Access account. The live stream can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Mustangs 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
Houston Opens American Play with Win over SMU
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team opened American Athletic Conference play with an 85-75 win over SMU, on Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum.
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THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game against SMU.
American Wins – A win over the Mustangs 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.
Looking to Sweep – The Cougars are in search of their first season sweep of the series against SMU since a pair of wins during the 2010-11 season.
From Deep – The Cougars have made 161 3-pointers this season, including a program-record 15 against Temple on Tuesday. That mark is the fourth most in program history, and stands just 17 shy of the all-time record of 178.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (251), steals per game (12.0) and turnovers forced (22.67) and ranks seventh, 13th and 12th in the nation in those categories, respectively.
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 65 steals and 3.10 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 12 and No. 18 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. SMU
Houston and SMU have met 58 times in previous history in a series that dates back to 1981 when each of the teams were members of the Southwest Conference. The two squads have met twice per year in each season since the 2006-07 campaign.
Houston holds the all-time advantage in the series with a 33-25 record after defeating the Mustangs 85-75 on December 30, in Dallas. The Cougars are 14-12 in meetings in Houston.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 15-6 (4-3 American) on the season after dropping an overtime decision 80-78 at ECU at week ago.
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 program’s first player to score 30 or more points in multiple games in a season since Porsche Landry in 2012-13. Harris has scored 431 points this season, which leads The American and ranks 11th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.3 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 12.3 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.1 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 76.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score 72.2. Houston is shooting 41.5 percent from the field including 33.9 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.8 percent of their shots but only 27.6 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and 25th in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.8 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (251), steals per game (12.0) and turnovers forced per game (22.50) and ranks seventh, 13th and 12th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-20 in the nation in both steals (65) and steals per game (3.10).
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
SMU enters Tuesday’s contest with a 7-13 record and a 1-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play, and are currently on a 3-game losing streak dating back to Jan. 16.
SMU shoots 34.4 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 56.8 points per game. Conversely, the Mustangs allow opponents to score 60.5 points per game while allowing them to shoot 35.8 percent and 30.2 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
The Mustangs have a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 17.5 points per game from McKenzie Adams. Kiarra Perry sits second on the squad with 10.2 points per night.
Perry also paces the Mustangs on the glass, pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game, while Dai’ja Thomas is a close second at 7.2 boards per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston returns to action to host Tulane in the return match of a thrilling 98-92, overtime, victory for the Cougars on Jan. 6. Tipoff against the Green Wave is slated for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, inside H&PE Arena.
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.