HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns home for a midweek matchup against Memphis, on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tipoff against the Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with the contest airing live on the American Digital Network.
Fans can follow the action on Wednesday 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 Tigers 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
Cougars Drop Heartbreaker in Memphis
The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 66-65 decision against Memphis on Wednesday. Freshman Jasmyne Harris led the Cougars with 19 points against the Tigers.
Fans in attendance for Wednesday’s contest will notice the Cougars in green warm up t-shirts and headbands. The Cougars will be celebrating The American Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s #Pow6erfulMinds campaign, and will sport the green apparel to raise mental health awareness.
Wednesday’s game will also serve as Houston’s Mardi Gras celebration, with the first 150 fans in attendance receiving University of Houston Mardi Gras beads.
Houston will also display a special national anthem, as the Sam Houston Mariachi group performs live.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Wednesday’s American Athletic Conference game against Memphis.
Streaking – The Cougars are in search of their fourth consecutive win in the matchup against Memphis. Houston has not won four straight conference games since the 2010-11 season.
Home Cooking – Houston is 8-2 this season when playing in front of the home crowd inside H&PE Arena. That mark is the most for the Cougars since also winning eight during the 2012-13 campaign
From Deep – Through just 24 games this season, the Cougars have already set a school record with 185 3-pointers made. Houston also set a new program record for 3-pointers made in a game with 15 at Temple on Jan. 16.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (282), steals per game (11.8) and turnovers forced (22.25) 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 2.96 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 14 and No. 18 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. MEMPHIS
Houston and Memphis have met 32 times on the hardwood in a series that dates back to 1997, when each team was in Conference USA. Memphis holds a 19-13 lead in the series and has won the last five matchups, including a 66-65 thriller at Memphis in the team’s only meeting a year ago.
The Tigers hold an 8-7 advantage all-time when playing in Houston and won the most recent contest, a 77-64 decision, on Feb. 29, 2016.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 18-6 (7-3 American) on the season after coming from behind to defeat Wichita State, 73-62, on Saturday, in Wichita, Kan. The comeback victory was the eighth this season of eight or more points for Houston.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 20.4 points per game, which ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 490 points this season, which leads The American and ranks 10th in the NCAA. Harris’ 490 points place her 20th on the Houston Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.3 points per game while holding opponents to 70.1. Houston is shooting 41.6 percent from the field including 33.9 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.2 percent of their shots but only 26.6 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and 12th 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 (281), steals per game (11.8) and turnovers forced per game (22.25) 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 (2.96).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Memphis enters Wednesday’s contest with a 7-15 record and a 2-7 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Tigers most recently fell 61-41 at UCF on Feb. 3 and have lost five consecutive games entering the matchup.
Memphis shoots 41.2 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to just 58.6 points per game. Conversely, the Tigers allow opponents to score 69.9 points per game while allowing them to shoot 43.3 percent and 29.4 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
Memphis has a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 14.9 points per game from Brea Elmore. Cheyenne Creighton puts in 14.8 points per game to stand as a close second on the squad.
Creighton paces the Tigers on the glass, pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game, while Brianna Porter is second at 4.5 boards per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars head back on the road for their only matchup during the regular season against Tulsa. Tipoff against the Golden Hurricane is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday Feb. 10 inside the Reynolds Center.
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.