HOUSTON – The 2017-18 regular season is in the rearview mirror and the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team is in Uncasville, Conn., for the First Round of the 2018 Aaron’s American Athletic Conference Championship. The Cougars earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament, and they will meet No. 12 Tulsa at 7 p.m., Saturday.
All 11 games of the American Athletic Conference Championship will air live on the ESPN family of networks, including Saturday’s First Round Action, which can be found on ESPN3 by clicking HERE. Eric Frede will serve as the play-by-play announcer, while Christy Thomaskutty will be the analyst. Fans can hear the matchup against the Golden Hurricane live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through StatBroadcast, 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 Short at Tulsa
The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team fell just shy of their ninth second-half comeback of the season, dropping a tough, 83-77, decision at Tulsa on Saturday.
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THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Saturday’s American Athletic Conference Championship First Round game against Tulsa.
American Tournament – Houston will compete as the No. 5 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship. This marks the highest finish for the Cougars since joining the league.
See It Live – All 11 games of the American Athletic Conference Championship will air live on the ESPN family of networks, with Houston’s first game airing on ESPN3.
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 236 3-pointers made this season.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (344) and steals per game (11.5) 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 90 steals and 3.00 steals per game lead the American Athletic Conference and rank No. 11 and No. 16 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. TULSA
Tulsa and Houston have met 24 times in previous history, and the Golden Hurricane holds a 16-8 advantage all-time.
Tulsa won the most recent meeting, an 83-77 decision on Feb. 10, in Tulsa, Okla. The meeting was the only one of the 2017-18 season between the two teams.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston enters the American Championships with a 20-10 overall record after falling 61-57 at Cincinnati in the regular season finale. Houston finished with a 9-7 mark in American play.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 19.9 points per game, which ranks third in the American Athletic Conference. Harris has scored 597 points this season, which ranks third in The American and ranks 17th in the NCAA. Harris’ 597 points places her seventh on the Houston Cougar all-time points in a season list.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 74.3 points per game while holding opponents to 70.2. Houston is shooting 41.4 percent from the field including 34.3 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 41.3 percent of their shots but only 27.4 percent from beyond the arc. Houston’s 3-point percentage defense mark ranks No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference and 15th 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 (344) and steals per game (11.5) 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 (90) and steals per game (3.00).
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa finished the regular season with a 9-20 overall record and a 3-13 mark in American Athletic Conference play, earning the No. 12 seed in The American Championship.
The Golden Hurricane shoots 36.9 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 60.5 points per game. Tulsa is allowing opponents to score just 65.5 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 30.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Tulsa has a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 13.7 from Shug Dickson. Erika Wakefield ranks second on the squad in points per game with 11.1, while Kendrian Elliot paces the Golden Hurricane on the glass with 5.9 rebounds per game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The winner of Saturday night’s contest advances to meet the No. 4 seed Cincinnati on Sunday. Tipoff in that quarterfinal game is set for 7 p.m.
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.