Women's Basketball Back On The Road For Two This Weekend

    Sha'Ratta Hawkins leads Conference USA freshman in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average.
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    GAME 22

    Houston (9-12, 6-4 C-USA) vs. Tulane (10-9, 4-6 C-USA)

    Friday, Feb. 10 • 7 p.m. CST
    Fogelman Arena (3,600) • New Orleans, La.

    Television: None

    Radio: 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 is coming off a 57-50 loss to Marshall Monday, dropping its record to 9-12 (6-4 C-USA) ... Tulane snapped a two-game skid with an 86-84 win over UAB Monday ... They are 10-9, 4-6 in league play. Tulane won this season's previous meeting, 61-54, in Houston on Jan. 27.

    Houston Coach Joe Curl (Wayne State `78):
    Enters his eighth season at the helm of the Cougars' program ... has a mark of 129-101 (60-53 C-USA) with Houston and a career coaching record of 267-201 in 15 years ... his program has made two-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

    Tulane Coach Lisa Stockton (Wake Forest `86):
    Stockton is in her 11th season with Tulane and has a record of 235-115 with Tulane and a 15-year career mark of 298-142 ... Stockton's 298 C-USA wins rank first among active league coaches.

    The Series: Tulane leads the all-time series 12-5. Houston is 2-5 at Fogelman Arena.

    Cougars Back On The Road For Two ...
    Following a disappointing home loss to Marshall on Monday, the University of Houston women's basketball team heads out of the Houston-area for the first time in four games with two contests on the slate this weekend.

    The Cougars (9-12, 6-4 Conference USA) head to New Orleans for a 7 p.m. CST matchup Friday with Tulane (10-9, 4-6 C-USA) before traveling to El Paso for a Sunday tilt with UTEP (12-10, 4-6 C-USA).

    UH lost to Tulane, 61-54, on Jan. 27 and beat UTEP, 64-50, on Jan. 29, at Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Houston faces four road contests in the final six games of the season, but only one team (UAB/5-5) has a record of .500 or better. UH is 2-2 in league road games this season.

    The C-USA tournament picture is starting to clear up with Tulsa, SMU, Southern Miss and Marshall holding down the top-four seeds. If the season ended today, UH would be seeded fifth, playing a first-round game against Memphis (3-18, 1-9 C-USA).

    Ask Coach Curl? ...
    • In conjunction with Cougar Talk with Joe Curl, an ask the coach feature has debuted on UHCougars.com. Fans can submit a question for UH's eighth-year head coach to answer on his weekly show.
    • The 30-minute show, broadcast live from Irma's Southwest Grill on the corner of Austin and Texas downtown is available on www.UHCougars.com from 7:30-8 p.m. CST on selected Mondays.
    • Remaining air dates are: Feb. 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 and March 6.

    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 (18.3 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 (5.62) and turnover margin (+4.00).
    • Houston is 3-0 when attempting 12 or less three-pointers in a game (Prairie View A&M, East Carolina, UTEP).
    • The Cougars have shot .400 or better in eight games this year and are 6-2 when achieving that mark. UH's single-game his this year came against Southern Miss (Jan. 8), a .541 (33 for 61) affair.
    • UH has led at halftime in seven of its nine wins, trailing at the half in both wins over Rice (Jan. 15/Feb. 3).
    • The Cougars are 2-0 when Tye Jackson has 10 or more turnovers (Prairie View A&M, East Carolina).

    Last Time They Met ...
    •A 9-2 Tulane run in the closing three minutes of the game handed the University of Houston women's baskeball team its third-straight loss, a 61-54 setback at Hofheinz Pavilion.
    • Houston tied the game up at 52 apiece following a steal and fast-break layup by Nakazi Glover with 3:35 to go.
    • On the ensuing possession, Tulane's Ashley Langford drained a three-pointer that started the game-closing run. Langford was 1 for 9 on the evening before draining the three.
    • The Green Wave took advantage of a UH turnover to push the advantage to five, 57-52, with 1:54 left.
    • A jumper from UH's Tye Jackson at the 1:19 mark pulled Houston within three at 57-54, but UH missed its final three attempts, closing out a 34-percent (22 for 64) shooting performance.
    • UH was 6 for 24 (.250) from behind the arc and took only four free throws in the game, with Glover connecting on both pairs.
    •Glover earned her first-career double-double with a 16-point, 10-rebound affair. The 10 boards are a career best.
    • Jackson finished with 14 points, the only other Cougar in double digits.
    • Two Tulane played, Jami Montagnino and Dominique Philpots, tied for the team lead with 12 points. Philpots also tied for the team lead in rebounding, pulling down nine boards along with Alendra Brown.

    Quickies ...
    Tye Jackson, Nakazi Glover and Sha'Ratta Hawkins have tallied 89 of the Cougars 120 field goals (.741) in the past five games with all averaging over 35 minutes per game. The trio have also combined for 25 of Houston's 30 three-pointers (.833) in the last three contests.
    • Jackson leads C-USA in assists per game (5.60) in league games and is also C-USA's second-leading scoring in conference tilts (17.7 ppg). She does not appear in C-USA's overall statistics as she has not played in 75 percent of Houston's games. If she did, Jackson would lead the league in assists (6.0 apg) and rank as the second-leading scorer (18.3 ppg).
    • 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 18.0 points per game and 5.9 assists per game in the past five contests.
    • Hawkins (15.1 ppg) leads C-USA's freshman class in scoring and blocked shots per game (0.86) and is second in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and steals (2.43 spg). Her 2.29 three-pointers per game is third 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 13.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game UH's past five outings. She is also 7 for 10 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 (5.62). Three players, Hawkins, Jackson and Jasmin Moore have combined for 97 of UH's 118 triples (.822) and have attempted more three's (322) than eight teams in the league (Marshall/262, Tulsa/281, Tulane/281, East Carolina/283, UAB/285, Rice/289, Southern Miss/293 and UTEP/313).
    • Houston has used 10 lineups in 21 games this season, finding the right combination in the past eight games. Hawkins, Jackson, Glover, Emily Fryters and Ryan Meyers have started in eight of the past nine games, going 5-3.
    • In the past five games, UH has tallied 23 blocks, nearly equaling its total from 11 non-conference games (26).
    • UH, 6-5 in 11 games at Hofheinz Pavilion this year, is averaging 67.4 ppg at home while shooting 40.3 percent (279-692) from the field and 33.2 percent (65-196) from beyond the arc. Away from its home court (3-7), Houston is averaging just 54.6 ppg and shooting 31.5 percent (198-629) from the field and 53-198 (.268) from three-point land.

    Taking Care Of The Ball ...
    • The Cougars set a school record with their five turnovers against Rice (Feb. 3).
    • The previous single-game record was six, set on Dec. 20, 2000 in a home game against Hawai'i.
    • UH is 3-2 this season when giving the ball up less than 10 times.
    • Prior to this season, UH had not had less than 10 turnovers in a game in five years.
    • The Cougars lead C-USA in turnover margin (+4.00) and their 327 turnovers are the lowest among league squads.
    • In conference games, UH's turnover margin is +6.80 ranking at the top of the heap. The closest team to UH is Tulsa, ranking second at +6.80.
    • Houston is averaging 11.70 steals per game in league action which leads all schools in C-USA.
    • UH has just 142 turnovers in C-USA play, 13 fewer then its closest competition (UTEP/155).



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