HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team continues its month-long, season-opening road trip with a midweek contest at Texas State at 7 p.m., Tuesday, inside Strahan Coliseum, in San Marcos, Texas.
A live stream of Tuesday’s contest is available courtesy of Texas State athletics and can be found by clicking HERE, however a subscription is required for video access. Fans can hear the matchup at Texas State live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through Stat Broadcast, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Valiant Effort Falls Shy For Cougars
Despite a ferocious second half comeback, the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team fell just shy in a 61-56 effort against Texas State, inside Hofheinz Pavilion, on Wednesday. Sophomore Serithia Hawkins collected her fifth career double-double in the contest.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the Texas State game.
The Series Overall – Houston and Texas State have met 14 previous times on the hardwood but only twice in San Marcos, Texas. The Cougars are 1-1 in road games in the series and 11-3 overall.
Stop The Streak – After winning 11 straight games in the series from 1977-2012, the Cougars have dropped the two most recent contests against Texas State, in 2013 and 2016.
Long Road – Houston is in the final week of its month-long, season-opening road trip. Houston will play five true road games and three neutral site games before finally playing in Houston.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference and is top-10 in the nation in steals (86) and turnovers forced per game (26.17) while also leading the conference in turnover margin (6.83).
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris had been one of the top defensive players in the country through the early season. Harris ranks No. 1 in The American and No. 7 in the nation in steals (24) and steals per game (4.0).
SERIES vs. TEXAS STATE
Tuesday’s contest will serve as the 15th meeting all-time between Houston and Texas State.
The Bobcats won the first ever meeting before Houston reeled off 11-straight wins, however Texas State has taken the last two matchups.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 4-2 on the season after sweeping the UMASS Thanksgiving Classic with wins over Liberty and Northeastern.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players who are averaging double figures thus far. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 16.2 points per game, while fellow sophomores Angela Harris and Dorian Branch sit second and third with 16.0 points per night and 12.2 points per contest, respectively. Junior Serithia Hawkins averages 10.5 points per game.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 73.0 points per game while allowing opponents to score 69.8. Houston is shooting 40.7 percent from the field including 34.1 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.4 percent of their shots and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 9.0 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 5.3 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (86th), turnovers forced per game (26.17) and turnover margin (6.83) and ranks fourth, seventh and 25th in the NCAA, respectively, in each category.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Texas State enters Tuesday’s contest with a 4-1 overall record after a 76-59 win over Fresno State on Saturday.
The Bobcats shoot 42.5 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 73.0 points per game. Conversely, Texas State allows opponents to shoot 40.3 percent from the field and only 25.0 percent from deep to hold opponents to 60.0 points per game.
Texas State has three different players who average double-figures in scoring. Taeler Deer paces the squad with 19.0 points per game, while Toshua Leavitt ranks second with 18.0 points per night. Brooke Holle sits third on the squad with 10.8 points per game.
On the glass, Ericka May pulls down 7.0 rebounds per game to lead the Bobcats.
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.