HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team is set for a showdown with George Mason in the squad's penultimate non-conference game of the season at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside H&PE Arena.
Fans who cannot make it to H&PE Arena on Thursday 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 George Mason 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
Thursday's contest will be one of Houston's High School Day games, where local students from various high schools will be invited to attend. High school students wishing to attend Thursday's game should fill out the Houston Women's Basketball High School Days form by clicking HERE.
Fans in attendance will also receive a FREE Holiday Magnet Frame.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the game against George Mason.
Who Are You -- Houston and George Mason will meet for the first time in program history in Thursday's contest. The Patriots are the second Atlantic 10 opponent that Ronald Hughey will face in his tenure.
Hot Start -- A win over George Mason would give Houston its best start since the 2004-05 Cougars started 10-3 in a season that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament.
Get That Out -- Houston has been the top shot-blocking team in The American Athletic Conference this season. The Cougars have swatted 48 shots, tops in the conference and 60th in the NCAA.
I'll Take That -- Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (149), steals per game (12.4) and turnover margin (4.08) and ranks fourth, 14th and 54th 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 39 steals and 3.25 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 8 and No. 22 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. GEORGE MASON
Houston is 9-3 on the season after rolling to a 98-67 victory over Incarnate Word on Monday.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.3 points per game. Harris has scored 219 points this season, which ranks 25th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.0 points per night, while Dorian Branch scores 11.8 per game, and Serithia Hawkins averages 10.5 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 74.5 points per game while allowing opponents to score 69.2. Houston is shooting 41.8 percent from the field including 32.7 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.8 percent of their shots and 29.2 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.3 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.1 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (149), steals per game (12.4) and turnover margin (+4.08) and ranks fourth, 14th and 54th in the nation, respectively, in each category. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (39) and is 22nd in steals per game (3.25).
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
George Mason enters Monday's contest with a 10-2 overall record but a 1-2 mark on the road. The Patriots enter as winners of their last four contests.
George Mason shoots 39.8 percent from the field, including 29.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 68.0 points per game, while opponents score 58.0 points per night on 36.1 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
The Patriots have a trio of players who average double figures in scoring including Natalie Butler and Nicole Cardano-Hillary who average 17.9 and 17.8 points per game, respectively. Jacy Bolton also averages 11.8 per game.
Butler also leads the Patriots on the glass, averaging a double-double with 13.7 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 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.