HOUSTON – After a season-opening, month-long road trip, the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team makes its debut inside H&PE Arena, playing in front of its home crowd for the first time this season, when it welcomes Texas Tech to town at 2 p.m., Sunday.
Sunday’s contest will air live via UHCougars.com and can be found by clicking HERE, however a subscription is required for the video feed. Fans can hear the matchup against Texas Tech 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
Houston Falls to Texas Tech 84-60
The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team fell 84-60 at Texas Tech on Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas. Chyanne Butler led the Cougars with 16 points, while Brianne Coffman scored a career-best 13.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the game against Texas Tech.
The Series Overall – Houston and Texas Tech have met 52 times on the hardwood in program history, dating back to 1977 and playing regularly while each team was a member of the Southwest Conference.
Winning Streak – A win against the Red Raiders would give Houston its first five-game winning streak since the squad won 17 straight during the 2010-11 season.
Long Road – Houston will play a home game for the first time during the 2017-18 season after playing its first eight games away from home.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference and is top-10 in the nation in steals (110) and turnovers forced per game (24.75) while also leading the conference in turnover margin (+6.00).
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 29 steals and 3.63 steals per game are second in the conference and rank No. 6 and No. 14 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. TEXAS TECH
Friday’s contest will be the 53rd meeting all-time between the two schools, with Tech leading the series 39-13.
The Red Raiders have won the last five meetings in the series, including an 84-60 victory in Lubbock last season.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 6-2 on the season after a thrilling, come-from-behind victory at UT Arlington, on Friday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.1 points per game, while sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.1 points per night. Dorian Branch scores 11.5 per game, while Serithia Hawkins averages right at 10.0 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 71.5 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 68.0. Houston is shooting 40.1 percent from the field including 30.2 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 37.7 percent of their shots and 30.7 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.5 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.0 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (110), turnovers forced per game (24.75) and turnover margin (+6.00) and ranks third, ninth and 31st, respectively, in each category.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech enters Sundays contest with a 3-3 overall record after dropping its most recent contest, 48-40, against LSU. The trip to Houston will be the Red Raiders’ first game away from home.
The Red Raiders shoot 42.4 percent from the field but only 23.8 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 69.2 points per game. Conversely, Texas Tech allows opponents to shoot 40.6 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from deep while holding opponents to 66.7 points per game.
The Red Raiders have three players who average double figures in scoring. Brittany Brewer scores 13.7 points per game, while Jada Terry adds 12.0 per night, and Brielle Blaire puts in 10.8.
Dayo Olabode’s 6.7 rebounds per game leads the Red Raiders, but Blaire sits a close second at 6.5 per contest.
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.