HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team returns home to host Incarnate Word, on Monday at 11 a.m., in the team’s Education Day game, inside H&PE Arena.
Fans who cannot make it to H&PE Arena on Monday can catch the game with their all-access accounts courtesy of UHCougars.com and can find the link by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against Incarnate Word live via Houston’s home for Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available through Game Tracker, and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | TWITTER
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Cougars Race Past Incarnate Word, 67-51
The University of Houston Women’s Basketball team was in control throughout the evening as they earned a 67-51 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word at the McDermott Convocation Center on Monday night. Serithia Hawkins led Houston with 16 points.
Monday’s contest is Houston’s Education Day game, where students from various schools around the city will attend the game.
Students will have the opportunity to hear a few guest speakers from the University of Houston and will be treated to autographs following the game.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the game against Incarnate Word.
Against the SLC – Head Coach Ronald Hughey has had success against Southland Conference schools with a 6-2 record, however he is 1-1 all-time against Incarnate Word.
Hot Start – A win over Incarnate Word would give Houston its best start since the 2010-11 Cougars started 9-3 in a season that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament.
From Deep – Houston ranks 83rd in the nation in 3-pointers made this season, while Incarnate Word ranks 339th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (136), steals per game (12.4) and turnover margin (4.55) and ranks seventh, 15th and 46th in the nation, respectively.
That’s Mine – Sophomore guard Angela Harris has been one of the most active defenders in the nation this season. Her 38 steals and 3.45 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 9 and No. 12 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. INCARNATE WORD
Houston and Incarnate Word have met twice previously on the hardwood.
The Cardinals won the first contest 50-48 on Nov. 17, 2014, before the Cougars evened the series the following year with a 67-51 win on Dec. 7, 2015.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 8-3 on the season after falling on the road 75-57 at Rutgers on Saturday, snapping a six-game winning streak.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 17.5 points per game, while sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.3 points per night. Dorian Branch scores 11.9 per game, while Serithia Hawkins averages 11.0 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 72.4 points per game while allowing opponents to score 69.4. Houston is shooting 40.5 percent from the field including 31.3 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.5 percent of their shots and 29.9 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.3 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (136), steals per game (3.45) and turnover margin (+4.55) and ranks seventh, 15th and 46th in the nation, respectively, in each category. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (38) and steals per game (3.45).
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Incarnate Word enters Monday’s contest with a 1-8 overall record and a 0-5 mark on the road and have dropped five consecutive games.
The Cardinals shoot 30.5 percent from the field and only 20.0 percent from beyond the arc, leading to just 46.3 points per game. Conversely, Incarnate Word allows opponents to shoot 45.7 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from deep while giving up 72.6 points per game.
UIW has been led offensively by Imani Robinson who scores 9.2 points per night.
Sydnee Wynn paces the Cardinals on the glass, pulling down 6.7 rebounds 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 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.