HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team wraps up its month-long, season-opening road trip with a matchup against UT Arlington, at 7 p.m., Friday, inside College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
Friday’s contest in Arlington will air live via ESPN3 with Ron Thulin and Robert Gill on the call. The live feed can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup at UT Arlington live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through GameTracker, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Stifling Defense Leads Cougars to 88-48 Victory Over UTA
Lesslee Mason and Courtney Taylor posted double-doubles to lead the University of Houston women's basketball team to an 88-48 season-opening rout of UT Arlington Sunday evening at Hofheinz Pavilion.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the UT Arlington game.
The Series Overall – Houston and UT Arlington have met nine previous times on the hardwood. The Cougars have never lost in the series, controlling the overall record 9-0.
Winning Streak – A win against the Mavericks on Friday, would give Houston a four-game winning streak. Houston has not won four straight games since Nov. 23-30, 2012.
Long Road – The UT Arlington game is the final stop on Houston’s month-long, season-opening road trip. Houston’s first eight games of the 2017-18 season were played away from Houston.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference and is top-10 in the nation in steals (94) and turnovers forced per game (24.57), while also leading the conference in turnover margin (+5.29).
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 27 steals and 3.86 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 4 and No. 6 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. UT ARLINGTON
Friday’s contest will be the 10th meeting all-time between the two schools with Houston holding a 9-0 record in the series. The matchup will be the first meeting between the schools since Nov. 14, 2011.
The Cougars have won three times in Arlington, including a 78-74 victory on Nov. 17, 2009.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 5-2 on the season after picking up its third-consecutive win in a 72-67 victory at Texas State on Tuesday.
Houston has been led on offense by a trio of different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.4 points per game after her 32-point night against the Bobcats, while sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.4 points per night and Dorian Branch scores 12.6 per game.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 72.9 points per game while allowing opponents to score 69.4. Houston is shooting 41.3 percent from the field including 33.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 38.0 percent of their shots and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (94), turnovers forced per game (24.57) and turnover margin (+5.29) and ranks fourth, eighth and 41st, respectively, in each category.
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
UT Arlington enters Friday’s contest with a 5-1 overall record after dropping its first contest of the season, a 71-41 decision to Utah on Monday.
The Mavericks shoot 41.8 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 61.0 points per game. Conversely, UTA allows opponents to shoot 35.8 percent from the field and only 21.3 percent from deep, to hold opponents to 57.0 points per game.
The Mavs have a pair of players who average double figures in scoring. Crystal Allen leads the squad with 14.5 points per night, while Rebekah VanDijk ranks second with 10.8 points per contest.
VanDijk also paces UT Arlington on the glass, collecting 7.5 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.