HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team continue its season-opening, eight-game road trip with the first of three games in Massachusetts, when it meets Boston College at 5 p.m., Wednesday, inside Conte Forum.
Fans can catch all of Wednesday’s action live via the ACC Network Plus with Bill Spaulding calling play-by-play and Kerri Shields as the analyst. Fans can also hear the game 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
Women's Basketball Falls to Boston College, 62-56, Saturday
Boston College overcame a 14 point halftime deficit to hand the University of Houston women's basketball team a tough 62-56 loss in both teams' opening games of the 2008 St. John's-Chartwells Holiday Classic in New York City.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about Wednesday’s road game at Boston College.
Shooting For The Best – A Houston win on Wednesday would improve the Cougars’ record to 3-1 on the season, which would be their best start since beginning the 2010-11 season 4-0.
The Bay State – Houston’s matchup against the Eagles is its first of three consecutive games in the state of Massachusetts.
Long Road – Houston has reached the halfway point of its month-long, season-opening road trip. The Cougars will play eight straight contests on the road.
That’s Ours – The Cougars have had active hands on defense during the start of the season and currently lead the conference and are 11th in the country with 49 steals.
Weekly Award – Sophomore guard Dorian Branch took home Houston’s first weekly conference honor of the season on Monday when she was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.
SERIES vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
Wednesday’s contest marks the third time Houston and Boston College have met on the hardwood.
The Eagles have won each of the first two contests in the series, defeating the Cougars, 65-43, as the No. 25 team in the nation on March 20, 2005, in Chapel Hill, N.C., before winning 62-56 on Dec. 20, 2008, in Queens, N.Y.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 2-1 on the season defeating Milwaukee, 74-59, and New Orleans, 78-66, to wrap up the Preseason WNIT.
Houston has been led offensively this season by a trio of sophomores. Dorian Branch leads the team with 17.3 points per contest, while Jasmyne Harris has scored 14.3 points per game and Angela Harris has added 11.0.
As a team, the Cougars are shooting 39.1 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. Conversely, Houston allows opponents to shoot just 36.4 percent overall and 34.8 percent from deep. Houston has made 64.4 percent of its free throws this season.
The Cougars lead The American in steals this season with 49, while Angela Harris’ 4.0 steals per game paces the league and Dorian Branch’s 64.7 3-point field goal percentage is tops in the conference.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Boston College enters Wednesday’s contest with a 2-2 record after knocking off Fordham 55-52 at home on Nov. 16 before dropping its most recent contest, 78-68, at Minnesota on Nov. 19.
The Eagles shoot 41.5 percent from the field as a team while allowing opponents to make 37.8 percent. From beyond the 3-point line, Boston College shoots 34.6 percent and holds opponents to 26.8 percent.
Offensively, Boston College has been led by Milan Bolden-Morris, who has scored 14.3 points per game, while Sydney Lowery has added 11.8 points per night, and Georgia Pineau has contributed 10.3.
On the glass, Pineau has pulled down 9.7 rebounds per contest, while Bolden-Morris and Martina Mosetti sit second and third with 4.5 and 4.3 boards per game, respectively.
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 remaining Volleyball and Soccer contests and 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.