HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team opens up action in the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic, where they will meet Liberty on Friday at 2 p.m. CT, before returning to face Northeastern on Saturday at 10 a.m., in Amherst, Mass.
Fans can hear each game of the Thanksgiving Classic 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 STATS | TWITTER
The Last Meeting
November 24, 2007
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic.
UMASS Classic – The Cougars meet the Flames for the first of their two mathups in the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic. Houston will face Northeastern on Saturday in Amherst, Mass.
Not Too Familiar – Houston and Liberty will meet for just the second time in program history, with the last contest happening in November of 2007. The Cougars have never met Northeastern on the hardwood.
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 are currently second in the conference and 14th in the country with 58 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. LIBERTY
Friday’s contest marks just the second time the two teams will meet on the hardwood.
Liberty won the only other matchup in the series, defeating the Cougars 70-61 on Nov. 24, 2007 in the National City Xavier Invitational Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio.
SERIES vs. NORTHEASTERN
Houston and Northeastern will meet for the first time in program history on Saturday.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 2-2 on the season after dropping its most recent contest 79-74 at Boston College on Wednesday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players who are averaging double figures thus far. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 16.0 points per game, while fellow sophomores Dorian Branch and Angela Harris sit second and third with 13.0 and 12.8 per game, respectively. Junior Serithia Hawkins averages 11.3 points per game.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 72.8 points per night, while allowing opponents to score 71.8. Houston is shooting 38.6 percent from the field including 33.7 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 37.6 percent of their shots and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.8 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.3 boards per game.
The Cougars sit second in The American and rank 14th in the nation in steals this season with 58.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
Liberty enters Wednesday’s game with a 1-2 record after winning their opener in the Preseason WNIT at Old Dominion, before falling to 24/23 Michigan and at Drake to wrap up the tournament.
The Flames shoot 41.4 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 60.3 points per game, but they allow opponents to shoot 51.3 percent and 37.7 percent from deep, giving up an average of 75.0 points per game.
Individually, the Flames have just one player, Keyen Green, who averages double-figures in scoring at 11.0 points per game, but KK Barbour adds 9.0 per contest.
Green also paces Liberty on the glass, pulling down 5.0 rebounds per night, while Barbour is a close second at 4.7 boards per game.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Northeastern enters the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic with a 2-2 overall record, posting wins over Fairfield and Marist, and will meet the host school UMASS on Friday before facing the Cougars on Saturday.
As a team, the Huskies are scoring 77.3 points per game on 42.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Conversely, Northeastern is allowing its opponents to score 71.8 points per game and shoot 46.1 percent overall and 33.8 percent from deep.
Five players average double-figures in scoring for the Huskies, including Stella Clark, who has scored 16.3 points per game through four contests. Claudia Ortiz adds 15.5 points per night, while Gabby Giacone scores 15.0. Jess Genco and Todd Shannon round out the leaders for Northeastern with 13.5 and 13.0 points per night, respectively.
Giacone averages just below a double-double per night with 9.8 rebounds, while Loren Lassiter adds 8.5 rebounds per game.
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.