HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team puts its 4-game winning streak on the line with a trip to meet Tulsa, on Saturday. Tipoff against the Golden Hurricane is scheduled for 2 p.m., inside the Reynolds Center.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including through a live stream courtesy of Tulsa Athletics. A subscription is required to access the live stream which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Golden Hurricane 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
Cougars Win Thriller 65-62 at Tulsa
Senior center Jacqueline Blake scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team to a thrilling 65-62 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday. The win for Houston secured the season sweep of the Golden Hurricane after also defeating Tulsa 71-66 on Jan. 1.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game at Tulsa.
20-Win Season – A victory over the Golden Hurricane would give Houston its 12th 20-win season in program history and tie the Cougars for the 11th best win total all-time.
Streaking – A win on Saturday would extend Houston’s winning streak to five games. Houston has had two winning streaks of five or more games already this season.
From Deep – Houston set a school record for 3-pointers just 24 games into the season, when they made their 179th 3-pointer in the Wichita State game. The Cougars now have 195 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (292), steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced (22.36) and ranks sixth, 13th and 11th 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 74 steals and 2.96 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 13 and No. 17 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. TULSA
Houston and Tulsa have met 23 times on the hardwood in a series that dates back to 2006, when each team was a member Conference USA. Tulsa holds a 15-8 lead in the series, but the Cougars have won each of the last two matchups. Houston swept the season series in 2016-17, defeating the Golden Hurricane 71-66 in Houston on Jan. 1, 2017 and again in Tulsa on Feb. 15, with a 65-62 victory.
The Tigers hold an 8-3 advantage in games played in Tulsa.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 19-6 (8-3 American) on the season after coming from behind to defeat Memphis, 66-55, on Wednesday, inside H&PE Arena. The comeback victory was the ninth this season of eight or more points for Houston and the eighth when trailing by at least eight in the second half.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 20.6 points per game, which ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 514 points this season which leads The American and ranks ninth in the NCAA. Harris’ 514 points place her 14th on the Houston Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.0 points per game while holding opponents to score 69.5. Houston is shooting 41.5 percent from the field including 34.1 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.1 percent of their shots but only 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and eighth in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.7 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (292), steals per game (11.7) and turnovers forced per game (22.36) and ranks sixth, 13th and 11th in the nation, respectively, in each.
Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-20 in the nation in both steals (74) and steals per game (2.96).
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa enters Saturday’s contest with an 8-16 record and a 2-9 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Golden Hurricane most recently fell 74-70 at SMU on Feb. 7, and have lost eight consecutive games entering that matchup.
Tulsa shoots 37.0 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to just 60.8 points per game. Conversely, the Golden Hurricane allow opponents to score 64.6 points per game while allowing them to shoot 39.3 percent and 29.4 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
Tulsa has a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 14.4 points per game from Shug Dickson. Erica Wakefield puts in right at 10.0 points per game to stand as a close second on the squad.
Kendrian Elliott paces the Golden Hurricane on the glass, pulling down 6.7 rebounds per game, while Crystal Polk is second at 4.7 boards per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston will have a full week off before returning to host ECU inside H&PE Arena. Tipoff against the Pirates is scheduled for 2 p.m., on Feb. 17.
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.