HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team hits the road for Tampa, Fla., where it is set for a matchup against No. 18/17 USF, on Wednesday. Tipoff against the Bulls is scheduled for 6 p.m., inside the USF Sun Dome.
Fans can follow the action on Wednesday through a variety of means, including through a live stream courtesy of USF Athletics. A subscription is required to access the live stream which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Bulls live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through SideArm Stats, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Cougars Fall 79-50 against RV/RV USF
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell 79-50 to RV/RV USF on Tuesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Sophomore Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Wednesday’s American Athletic Conference game against USF.
Wins Keep Coming – The 2017-18 Cougars are climbing up the all-time wins chart at Houston. A victory over the Bulls would give Houston 21 wins and tie for the 10th most all-time in a single season.
Ranked Opponents – Wednesday’s contest against the Bulls will serve as Houston’s third matchup against a ranked opponent this season. USF is currently ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the 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 213 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (319) and steals per game (11.8) and ranks seventh and 12th, 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 81 steals and 3.00 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 14 and No. 16 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. USF
Houston and USF have met 18 times on the hardwood, with the Bulls holding a 12-6 advantage in the series. USF has won five consecutive matchups in the series including a 79-50 victory in the only contest of 2017.
USF holds a 5-3 advantage on games played in Tampa and won the most recent matchup, a 73-49 decision, on Jan. 27, 2016.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 20-7 (9-4 American) on the season after rolling to a 97-81 victory over ECU on Saturday.
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 third in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 550 points this season, which ranks third in The American and ranks 20th in the NCAA. Harris’ 550 points places her ninth on the Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.9 points per game while holding opponents to 70.4. Houston is shooting 41.8 percent from the field including 34.4 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.6 percent of their shots but only 26.8 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference and ninth in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.6 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (319) and steals per game (11.8) and ranks seventh 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 (81) and steals per game (3.00).
SCOUTING THE BULLS
USF enters Wednesday’s contest with a 22-5 record and an 11-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Bulls enter the contest on a seven-game winning streak and are ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
USF shoots 43.1 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 76.0 points per game. Conversely, the Bulls allow opponents to score 61.3 points per game while allowing them to shoot 37.4 percent and 32.7 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
USF has a trio of players that average double figures, including a team-best 20.5 from Kitija Laksa, which ranks second in the American Athletic Conference. Maria Jespersen puts in 18.2 points per game, while pacing the team with 9.7 rebounds per contest, and Laura Ferreira averages 10.3 points per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return for their final home contest of the 2017-18 season, when they welcome UCF to H&PE Arena on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tipoff against the Knights is scheduled for noon, with the game airing live on the American Digital Network. Saturday’s game will also serve as the team’s Senior Day.
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.