HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns home to H&PE Arena to welcome ECU to town on Saturday. Tipoff against the Pirates is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will serve as the Cougars’ alumni weekend.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including through their UHCougars.com All-Access account. A subscription is required to access the live stream which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Pirates live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through Game Tracker, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Houston Comeback Falls Shy at ECU
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team saw its comeback bid fall just shy, dropping a heartbreaking 80-78 decision, in overtime at ECU, on Saturday.
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Saturday’s contest against ECU will serve as Houston’s Alumni Weekend. The Cougars are excited to welcome back players from each generation of Houston Women’s Basketball. Former players will join the current Cougars for a banquet on Friday night before being honored at halftime of Saturday’s contest.
Fans in attendance at Saturday’s matchup will be treated to a jersey glasses giveaway.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game against ECU.
20-Win Season – A victory over the Pirates would give Houston its 12th 20-win season in program history and tie the Cougars for the 11th best win total all-time.
Receiving Votes – For the second time during the 2017-18 season, the Cougars are receiving a vote in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
From Deep – Houston set a school record for 3-pointers just 24 games into the season, when the Cougars made their 179th 3-pointer in the Wichita State game. The Cougars now have 201 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (304) and steals per game (11.7) and ranks seventh and 13th, respectively, in the NCAA this season.
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 76 steals and 2.92 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 14 and No. 20 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. ECU
Houston and ECU have met 19 times in previous history, with the Cougars holding an 11-8 all-time advantage. The Pirates won the most recent contest, an 80-78 overtime decision on Jan. 20 at ECU.
The Cougars are 5-3 all-time against the Pirates in Houston. The Cougars won the most recent contest 81-65 on Feb. 25, 2017, in the final game for the Cougars inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 19-7 (8-4 American) on the season after falling in its most recent contest 83-77 at Tulsa on Feb. 10.
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 529 points this season, which ranks third in The American and ranks 14th in the NCAA. Harris’ 529 points place her 10th 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 70.0. Houston is shooting 41.5 percent from the field including 34.2 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.3 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 10th in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.3 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.7 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (304), steals per game (11.7) ranks seventh and 13th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-20 in the nation in both steals (76) and steals per game (2.92).
SCOUTING THE PIRATES
ECU enters Saturday’s contest with a 14-11 record and a 6-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Pirates most recently defeated Memphis 75-62 on Feb. 14 in Greenville, N.C., and have won four of their last five contests.
ECU shoots 37.4 percent from the field and only 24.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 65.2 points per game. Conversely, the Pirates allow opponents to score 65.8 points per game while allowing them to shoot 39.7 percent and 30.0 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
ECU does not have a player that averages double figures in scoring, but the Pirates are led by Ariyana Williams, who averages 9.7 points per game. Thais Oliveira scores 8.8 points per contest, while Alex Frazier adds 6.9.
Salita Greene paces the Pirates on the glass with 6.5 rebounds per contest, while Oliveira sits second on the squad with 5.8 boards per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston hits the road for its first and only regular season matchup against USF on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tipoff against the Bulls is scheduled for 6 p.m., in Tampa, Fla.
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.