HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team faces a short road swing at the American Athletic Conference’s newest member Wichita State, on Saturday. Tipoff against the Shockers is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including live on The American Digital Network with Lincoln Rose and Angela Beck on the call. The live stream can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Shockers live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through Stat Broadcast, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Houston Knocks Off Wichita State, 73-55
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team improved to 2-0 in American Athletic Conference play for the first time since joining the league with a 73-55 win over Wichita State, on Tuesday inside H&PE Arena.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game at Wichita State.
Never Lost – Houston holds a 3-0 all-time record against the Shockers. The Cougars won each of the home-and-home matchups with Wichita State in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons as well as the first matchup this season.
Away From Home – Houston is in search of its fourth conference road win on Saturday. The Cougars have not reached that number since the 2010-11 season.
From Deep – The Cougars have made 178 3-pointers this season, including a program-record 15 against Temple earlier this season. That mark is tied for the most in program history, with seven games remaining in the regular season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (269), steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced (22.43) and ranks seventh, 14th 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 71 steals and 3.09 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 11 and No. 15 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. WICHITA STATE
Houston and Wichita State have met three times previously on the hardwood. The Cougars won the first ever meeting, a 75-61 decision in Wichita on Jan. 14, 2004, before also taking the return game the following season in a 69-41 victory inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Nov. 19, 2004.
The two squads renewed competition when the Shockers joined The American prior to the 2017-18 season, and the Cougars took the first matchup this season 73-55 on Jan. 2.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 17-6 (6-3 American) on the season after rolling to a 72-48 victory over Tulane 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, which ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 466 points this season, which leads The American and ranks 13th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 13.5 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 12.0 per game and Dorian Branch averages 10.7 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.4 points per game while allowing opponents to score 70.4. Houston is shooting 41.5 percent from the field including 33.8 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.4 percent of their shots but only 26.5 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and 11th 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 (269), steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced per game (22.43) and ranks seventh, 14th 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 (71) and steals per game (3.09).
SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS
Wichita State enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-13 record and a 5-4 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Shockers most recently fell 77-67 at ECU on Jan. 30, but had won five consecutive games entering that matchup.
Wichita State shoots 43.7 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 65.7 points per game. Conversely, the Shockers allow opponents to score 66.9 points per game while allowing them to shoot 42.6 percent and 33.0 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
The Shockers have a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 18.9 points per game from Rangie Bessard. Diamond Lockhart sits second on the squad with 10.4 points per night.
Bessard also paces the Shockers on the glass, pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game, while Angiee Tompkins is second at 5.1 boards per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return to H&PE Arena for its first and only game this season against Memphis on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tipoff against the Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and the game will air live on the American Digital Network.
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.