Women's Basketball Goes For Season Sweep Over Rice

    Tye Jackson (17.7 ppg) leads UH into a Friday-night tilt with the Rice Owls at Autry Court.
    Tye Jackson (17.7 ppg) leads UH into a Friday-night tilt with the Rice Owls at Autry Court.
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    GAME 20

    Houston (8-11, 5-3 C-USA) vs. Rice (8-11, 4-4 C-USA)

    Friday, Feb. 3 • 7 p.m. CST
    Autry Court (5,000) • Houston, Texas

    Houston ISP Sports Network (Internet Only). Joshua Banks (play-by-play) calls the game. Broadcast available at www.UHCougars.com starting at 6:45 p.m. CST.

    The Records:
    Houston snapped a three-game slide with a 64-50 win over UTEP Friday and sits at 8-11 (5-3 C-USA) on the season. Rice also snapped a three-game losing streak, picking up a pair of wins over Tulane and UTEP, moving to 8-11 (4-4 C-USA).

    Houston Coach Joe Curl (Wayne State `78):
    Enters his eighth season at the helm of the Cougars' program ... has a mark of 128-101 (59-53 CUSA) with Houston and a career coaching record of 266-201 in 15 years ... his program has made two-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

    Rice Coach Greg Williams (Rice `70):
    In his first season at Rice and his 12th season as a collegiate head coach (203-141) ... spent five years (1985-90) as UH's head coach ... led the Cougars to an upset of third-ranked Louisiana Tech 12/9/85) and UH's first-ever NCAA Tournament slot following a 22-7 season in 1987-88.

    The Series:
    UH leads the all-time series 31-5, including the last two meetings and five of the last six.

    Houston Goes For Season Sweep Over Rice ...
    The University of Houston women's basketball team makes the short trip to Autry Court Friday night, taking on the Rice Owls at 7 p.m. CST.

    Houston is looking for the season sweep over the owls, having knocked them off 79-72 on Jan. 15 in Hofheinz Pavilion. Prior to the Jan. 15 matchup, the two squads had not met for nearly four years.

    The Cougars broke a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 64-50 win over UTEP. Nakazi Glover averaged 15.5 points per game over the weekend, tallying her first-career double-double (16 pts./10 rebs.) against Tulane (Jan. 27).

    UH has won two of the past three games played at Autry Court and five of the last six overall in the series.

    Rice, winners of its last two games, is without leading scorer Krystal Frazier (13.4 ppg), who ruptured her right Achilles' tendon during Rice's 67-58 loss to SMU on Jan. 22. Frazier tallied a team-high 23 points in UH's 79-72 win over the Owls on Jan. 15 at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Season Ticket Miscues ...
    • Due to a clerical error, the date of UH's game against Marshall was listed wrong in some season ticket books. The game is scheduled for Feb. 6 (Monday) at 7 p.m. CST in Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans with any questions regarding season tickets should contact the UH Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS.

    Coach Curl Show Takes Week Off ...
    • With UH's Monday tip against Marshall scheduled for 7 p.m. CST, the Joe Curl Show will take a week hiatus.
    • The 30-minute show, broadcast live from Irma's Southwest Grill on the corner of Austin and Texas downtown and on www.UHCougars.com, returns on Mon. Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

    Random Musings...
    • Houston is the only team in the league to have two players (Hawkins and Jackson) averaging more than 15 points per game. Jackson (17.7 ppg) does not appear in the overall C-USA totals because she has not played in 75% of UH's games.
    • The Cougars lead C-USA in three-point field goals made per game (5.68) and turnover margin (+3.11).
    • Houston is 3-0 when attempting 12 or less three-pointers in a game (Prairie View A&M, East Carolina, UTEP).
    • UH has led at halftime in seven of its eight wins (Rice).
    • The Cougars are 2-0 when Tye Jackson has 10 or more turnovers (Prairie View A&M, East Carolina).

    Rice Ties ...
    • Rice head coach Greg Williams headed UH's program from 1985-90.
    • During that span, he was 93-51 (.646) and led the Cougars to their first-ever NCAA Tournament spot in 1988.
    • Williams led UH to a 66-60 upset of than No. 3 Louisiana Tech on Dec. 9, 1985. That win led to UH's first-ever ranking in the top-25.
    • Current UH assistant DeJuena Chizer played on Williams' 1985-86 and 1987-88 squads.

    Quickies ...
    Tye Jackson, Nakazi Glover and Sha'Ratta Hawkins have tallied 81 of the Cougars 117 field goals (.692) in the past five games with all averaging over 34 minutes per game. The trio have also combined for 24 of Houston's 28 three-pointers (.857) in the last three contests.
    • Jackson leads C-USA in assists per game (5.62) in league games and is also C-USA's fourth-leading scoring in conference tilts (16.6 ppg). She does not appear in C-USA's overall statistics as she has not played in 75 percent of Houston's games.
    • Jackson's 37-point performance against Rice (Jan. 15) is the top single-game effort of any C-USA player this season and is tied for the 11th-best effort nationally this season. She has averaged 19.6 points per game in the past five contests.
    • Hawkins (15.3 ppg) leads C-USA's freshman class in scoring and blocked shots per game (0.84) and is second in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and steals (2.42 spg). Her 2.37 three-pointers per game rank second in the league's overall statistics, tops among first-year student-athletes.
    • Glover, who tallied her first career double-double (16 pts./10 rbs.) against Tulane (Jan. 27), has averaged 11.8 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game UH's past five outings. She is also 10 for 11 from the free throw line and was the only UH played to get to the charity stripe against Tulane (4 for 4).
    • UH has shown no fear from distance this season, leading C-USA in three-pointers per game (5.68). Three players, Hawkins, Jackson and Jasmin Moore have combined for 88 of UH's 108 triples (.815) and have attempted more three's (290) than eight of the teams in the league (Marshall/242, UAB/243, Tulane/247, ECU/253, Southern Miss/254, Rice/265, Tulsa/268 and UTEP/287.
    • Houston has used 10 lineups in 20 games this season, finding the right combination in the past six games. Hawkins, Jackson, Glover, Emily Fryters and Ryan Meyers have started in six of the past seven games, going 4-2.



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