HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns to H&PE Arena for the final time during the 2017-18 regular season to welcome UCF to town on Senior Day. Tipoff against the Knights is scheduled for noon, Saturday.
Fans can follow the action on Saturday through a variety of means, including live on the American Digital Network. Fans can find the matchup with Tom Franklin and Angela Beck on the call HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Knights 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
Cougars Fall 85-59 at UCF
The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team fell 85-59 on the road at UCF on Wednesday, inside CFE Arena. The Cougars were led offensively by freshman Angela Harris' 22 points.
Fans in attendance at Saturday’s contest will receive a free Blackout Graffiti T-Shirt, and the Green Starlettes Dance Team will perform at halftime of the game.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference game against UCF.
Playing For Seeding – American Athletic Conference Championship Tournament seeding implications will be on the line when the two squads meet on Saturday. UCF currently ranks third and is a game ahead of the fourth-place Cougars in the conference standings with two games left to play.
Receiving Votes – For the second time during the 2017-18 season, the Cougars are receiving three votes 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 221 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (329) and steals per game (11.8) 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 86 steals and 3.07 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 14 and No. 20 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. UCF
Houston and UCF have met 18 times on the hardwood, with the Knights holding a 12-6 advantage in the series. UCF has won three consecutive matchups in the series including a pair of victories in 2017. The Knights bested the Cougars 62-48 on Jan. 11, 2017 in Houston, before taking the win in Orlando, 85-59, on Feb. 8.
Houston holds the all-time advantage while playing at home however with a 4-3 mark.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 20-8 (9-5 American) on the season after falling 81-65 at No. 18/17 USF on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 20.1 points per game, which ranks third in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 564 points this season, which ranks third in The American and ranks 20th in the NCAA. Harris’ 564 points places her eighth on the Houston Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.5 points per game while holding opponents to 70.8. Houston is shooting 41.6 percent from the field including 34.3 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.5 percent of their shots but only 27.2 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 8.2 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.5 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (329) 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 (86) and steals per game (3.07).
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
UCF enters Saturday’s contest with an 18-9 record and a 10-4 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights come to Houston as winners of two of their last three games with the most recent being a 63-40 victory at Memphis on Wednesday.
UCF shoots 40.7 percent from the field and only 24.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 58.4 points per game. UCF is one of the top defensive teams in the conference, allowing opponents to score just 54.2 points per game on 36.4 percent shooting from the field and 27.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
UCF has a pair of players that average double figures including a team-best 15.2 points per contest from Zakiya Saunders. Korneila Wright ranks second on the team with 10.6 points per game. Nyala Shuler paces the Knights on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars head on the road for the final game of the 2017-18 regular season with a matchup against Cincinnati. The contest between the Cougars and Bearcats is set for 6 p.m., CT on Monday.
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.