HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team heads back on the road for a weekend matchup with RV/- Rutgers, on Saturday at 5 p.m., inside Rutgers Athletic Center, in Piscataway, N.J.
Saturday’s contest will air live via BTN+ with Lou Brogno and Jared Smith on the call and can be found by clicking HERE, however a subscription is required for the video feed. Fans can hear the matchup against Rutgers 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 VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
Cougars Come Back to Stun Rutgers 53-51
The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team used a 15-3 run over the final five minutes to come from behind and beat Rutgers 53-51 inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday. Freshman guard Jasmyne Harris led Houston with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the game at Rutgers.
A Rematch – Houston and Rutgers meet in the return match of a home-and-home series, in which the Cougars claimed the 2016 contest, 53-51, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Winning Streak – A win against the Scarlet Knights would give Houston its first 7-game winning streak since the squad won 17 straight during the 2010-11 season.
Some of the Best – Saturday’s contest features two of the hottest teams in the nation. Rutgers enters play with the No. 12 RPI in the nation, while the Cougars rank 32nd. Each team is currently on a 6-game winning streak.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (125), turnovers forced per game (23.00) and turnover margin (+5.20).
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 34 steals and 3.40 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 9 and No. 14 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. RUTGERS
Rutgers and Houston have met three times previously in their program’s history.
The Scarlet Knights won the first two meetings in 2014, when each team was a member of the newly-formed American Conference, but Houston won the most recent matchup 53-51 on Dec. 10, 2016.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 8-2 on the season and is riding a 6-game winning streak after leading from start to finish in an 88-69 victory over ETSU on Sunday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.2 points per game, while sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.2 points per night. Dorian Branch scores 11.8 per game, while Serithia Hawkins averages 11.4 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 73.9 points per game while allowing opponents to score 68.8. Houston is shooting 40.9 percent from the field including 31.2 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 38.7 percent of their shots and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.5 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (125), turnovers forced per game (23.00) and turnover margin (+5.20) and ranks seventh, 14th and 33rd in the nation, respectively, in each category. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (34) and steals per game (3.4).
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers enters Saturday’s contest with an 11-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark at home after defeating Princeton, 70-50 on Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights have won six straight games.
Rutgers shoots 43.0 percent from the field but only 29.7 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 70.3 points per game. Conversely, the Scarlet Knights allow opponents to shoot 36.3 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from deep while holding opponents to 54.8 points per game.
Rutgers has been led offensively by Tyler Scaife who scores 21.0 points per night and is the only Scarlet Knight to average double figures.
Caitlin Jenkins paces Rutgers on the glass, pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game off the bench.
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.