PROVIDENCE – Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball guards Jasmyne Harris and Angela Harris have been named to the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team for their stellar play during their rookie seasons, the league office announced Thursday.
“This is a tremendous honor that everybody in the conference selected two of our student-athletes to the All-Freshman Team,” Head Coach Ronald Hughey said. “I’m very proud. When you come in as a freshman there is a lot of pressure on you, especially playing in your home city and home state. Jasmyne and Angela stepped up to the challenge. I’m really proud of them for that. They knew the pressure was on, and we asked them to do more than most freshman should, and they stepped up to it. I’m super excited about the future and what it holds for them.”
JASMYNE HARRIS’ SEASON
Jasmyne Harris appeared in all 29 regular season games for Houston while making 10 starts. The Freeport, Texas, native led all Cougars in scoring at 11.4 points per game and averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. Harris tallied double-doubles on two different occasions this season, and after scoring 27 points and pulling down eight rebounds against East Carolina, became just the fifth freshman in school history to score 300 points and collect 150 rebounds.
During conference play, Harris upped her scoring average to 12.5 per game while making 40.2 percent of her shots from the field. On three separate occasions this season, Harris was named American Conference Freshman of the Week, winning the honor on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and in the final weekend of the season on Feb. 28.
Entering the Frontier Communications American Conference Championship, Harris ranks inside the Houston All-Time Freshman Top-10 in 14 different categories. Harris is sixth in scoring (332 points) and points per game (11.4), tied for fourth in assists (64), sixth in assists per game (2.2), third in 3-point field goals made (48), fourth in 3-point field goals attempted (142), and 3-point field goal percentage (33.8), ninth in free throws made (64) and free-throws attempted (99), ninth in defensive rebounds (104), seventh and ninth in field goals attempted (277) and field goals made (110) respectively, and also top-10 in minutes played and minutes per game.
ANGELA HARRIS’ SEASON
Angela Harris started 13 games for the Cougars while appearing in all 29 games and logging 708 minutes during the regular season. Harris finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 per game, while collecting 75 assists and a team-high 52 steals throughout the season.
Harris increased her numbers during the conference portion of the 2016-17 season, averaging double figures in scoring at 10.0 points per contest, while the guard pulled down 2.8 rebounds per game. On Nov. 28, Angela Harris earned Houston’s first weekly honor of the year when she was named American Conference Freshman of the Week after a 17-point, seven steal performance against Texas State.
Harris is also moving up the freshman list, ranking third and fourth in assists per game (2.6) and assists (75), tied for fifth and seventh respectively in steals (52) and steals per game (1.8), and third and fourth respectively in 3-point field goals attempted (163) and made (46).
Jasmyne Harris’ and Angela Harris’ honors mark the second and third yearly awards that the Cougars have earned since moving to the American Athletic Conference. Last season, then-freshman Serithia Hawkins was a unanimous selection to the league’s All-Freshman team.
“Having three freshman make this team in two years means that the foundation is being laid,” Hughey said. “We’re recruiting the right kids to surpass what previous teams at Houston have done. We want to be able to continue to build the program, in records and wins and losses, and these are tremendous honors.”
THE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Angela Harris, Houston
Jasmyne Harris, Houston
Crystal Dangerfield, UConn
Tamara Henshaw, USF*
Shug Dickson, Tulsa
Kendrian Elliott, Tulsa
*Denotes unanimous selection
FERTITTA PLEDGES $20 MILLION TO ATHLETICS
Tilman J. Fertitta, globally recognized entrepreneur and Chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents, presented a historic $20 million gift to the University of Houston to transform the UH basketball arena into a state of the art collegiate sports facility and rename the arena Fertitta Center. Fertitta's gift is the largest individual donation to UH Athletics.
The Fertitta gift is a significant step forward in the $60 million University of Houston Basketball capital renewal project for the center's design and renovation. Design work is currently underway. Renovations and construction are scheduled to follow the 2016-17 season, with completion expected during the 2018-19 season. Plans for the Cougars' home facility during the 2017-18 season have not been finalized.
The facility will feature a premium club area and a courtside club. The reconfigured bowl will move mid-court seating locations closer to game action with floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students. Renovations include a new audio system, sports lighting and video boards as well as new concession stands and expanded restrooms. The facility's exterior also will be refreshed.
Prominent to the center's exterior, the renovation will preserve the legacy of the Hofheinz family and its contributions to both UH and the city of Houston. UH will transform an area adjacent to the new facility into Hofheinz Plaza, where fans will be greeted by a bronze statue of former Harris County Judge Roy Hofheinz. The University of Houston will request that city officials rename a portion of Holman Street in front of the arena after the Hofheinz family. In addition, Roy Hofheinz's records will be permanently archived and publicly accessible as a special collection in the UH library and the Alumni Center will house an area describing the lives and public service of Roy and Irene Hofheinz.
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