HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s basketball team is on the road for the 2017-18 regular season finale when it meets Cincinnati, on Monday. Tipoff against the Bearcats is scheduled for 6 p.m., at Saint Ursula Academy.
Fans can follow Monday’s action through a variety of means, including a live stream courtesy of Cincinnati athletics. A subscription is required to access the stream which can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against the Bearcats 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
Houston Falls to Cincinnati, 88-82
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell 88-82 against Cincinnati on Wednesday, in American Athletic Conference play inside H&PE Arena.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Monday’s American Athletic Conference regular season finale at Cincinnati.
Bye on the Line – The winner of Monday’s game will finish as the No. 4 seed in the American Athletic Conference and receive a first round bye at the American Championships later in the week.
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 227 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (335) and steals per game (11.6) and ranks eighth 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 87 steals and 3.00 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 13 and No. 16 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. CINCINNATI
Houston and Cincinnati have met 23 times previously, with the Bearcats holding a 17-6 advantage in the series. Cincinnati won the most recent contest, an 88-82, decision on Jan. 10, inside H&PE Arena.
Cincinnati holds the all-time advantage at home in the series with a 7-2 record. The Cougars have not won in Cincinnati since claiming a 48-39 victory on Feb. 8, 2014.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 20-9 (9-6 American) on the season after falling 64-59 in a defensive battle on Saturday against UCF.
Houston has been led on offense by three 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 584 points this season, which ranks second in The American and ranks 18th in the NCAA. Harris’ 584 points places her seventh on the Houston Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 74.9 points per game while holding opponents to 70.6. Houston is shooting 41.6 percent from the field including 34.0 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.7 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 10th in the NCAA.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.4 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (335) and steals per game (11.6) and ranks eighth 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 (87) and steals per game (3.00).
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati enters Monday’s contest with a 17-11 record and a 9-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Bearcats host the Cougars after falling 84-65 at No. 18/17 USF on Saturday.
Cincinnati shoots 42.6 percent from the field and 29.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 68.0 points per game. The Bearcats are allowing opponents to score just 62.0 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Cincinnati has four players the enter the contest averaging double figures in scoring, including Nikira Goings, who leads the team with 12.0 points per game. Ana Owens adds 11.3 per night, while Iimar’I Thomas adds 10.6 per night, while leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per game and Shanice Johnson adds 10.2 points per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The postseason begins with the American Athletic Conference Championship, to be held March 3-6 in Uncasville, Conn. The Cougars will learn their first opponent for the tournament when play concludes 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.