Houston Set for Showdown with Tulane

Jan. 30, 2018

HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team wraps up a quick, 2-game homestand on Wednesday, when it welcomes Tulane to H&PE Arena. Tipoff against the Green Wave is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fans can follow the action on Wednesday 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 Green Wave 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

The Last Meeting
January 6, 2018
New Orleans, La.
Houston Roars Back to Stun Tulane in Overtime
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team came back from trailing by 21 points in the third quarter to stun Tulane and win 98-92 in overtime on Saturday, at Avron B. Fogelman Arena inside Devlin Fieldhouse.
Final Stats | Season Stats

Wednesday’s contest with the Green Wave will serve as Houston’s National Girls & Women in Sports Day celebration. At halftime, the Cougars will honor one of its all-time great alumna, Dr. Janice Hilliard.

Dr. Hilliard is a 1981 graduate of the University of Houston College of Education and was co-captain of the Houston Women’s Basketball team during her time with the Cougars. Hilliard is the current President and CEO of Hilliard Creative Education and Development Solutions, which is a Houston-based educational and sports consultancy group, which helped mentor the Cougars prior to the 2017-18 season.



The Cougars will also give away FREE University of Houston Capes to children under 12.

Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Wednesday’s American Athletic Conference game against Tulane.

A Lot of Points – Wednesday’s game features two of the conference’s top scorers in Jasmyne Harris and Kolby Morgan. The duo combined for 64 points in the previous meeting in January.

Looking to Sweep – The Cougars have not swept the season series against Tulane since 2010-11, when Houston actually defeated the Green Wave twice throughout the regular season and then again in the Conference USA tournament.

From Deep – The Cougars have made 169 3-pointers this season, including a program-record 15 against Temple. That mark is the fourth most in program history and stands just nine shy of the all-time record of 178.

I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (256), steals per game (11.6) and turnovers forced (22.45) and ranks ninth, 15th 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 67 steals and 3.05 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 13 and No. 18 in the nation, respectively.

Houston and Tulane have met 42 times in previous history in a series that dates back to 1978. The Cougars trail the Green Wave all time in the series 28-14 and hold a 6-11 record while playing in Houston.

The Cougars won the most recent contest however, a 98-92 overtime thriller on Jan. 6, 2018. Houston pulled off the ninth biggest comeback in NCAA history, when they stormed back from 21 points down to pull off the victory.

Houston is 16-6 (5-3 American) on the season after coming back from down eight points in the fourth quarter to defeat SMU on Saturday.

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 the 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 446 points this season, which ranks second in The American and sits 18th in the NCAA. Harris just missed a triple-double in the overtime thriller against Tulane earlier this season, scoring 34 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and assisting on eight baskets.

Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.3 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 12.3 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.0 points per contest.

As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.6 points per game while allowing opponents to score 71.5. Houston is shooting 41.2 percent from the field including 33.7 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.7 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 16th in the NCAA.

On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.7 boards per game.

Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (256), steals per game (11.6) and turnovers forced per game (22.45) and ranks ninth, 15th 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 (67) and steals per game (3.05).

Tulane enters Wednesday’s contest with an 11-10 record and a 3-5 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Tulane dropped its most recent contest, 98-45, at No. 1 UConn, snapping a 2-game winning streak.

Tulane shoots 41.7 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 65.0 points per game. Conversely, the Green Wave gives up 64.1 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 38.9 percent and 29.7 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.

Tulane has just one player that averages double figures, with Kolby Morgan scoring 20.4 points per game. Morgan ranks second in the American Athletic Conference with her points per night average. Morgan did not disappoint in the previous meeting between the two squads, leading the team with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

On the glass this season, the Green Wave have been led by Harlyn Wyatt who pulls down 6.2 rebounds per night.

The Cougars head on the road for one game, when they meet Wichita State at 2 p.m., Saturday in Wichita, Kan. The Shockers are riding a 5-game winning streak heading into their contest at ECU on Tuesday.

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.

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