HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2017-18 schedule with a contest against Columbia, inside H&PE Arena on Thursday. Tipoff against the Lions is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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 Columbia 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. Students wishing to attend Thursday’s high school game should fill out the form 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 Columbia.
Who Are You – Houston and Columbia will meet for the first time in program history in Thursday’s contest. The Lions are the first Ivy League opponent that Ronald Hughey will face in his tenure.
Hot Start – A win over the Lions would give Houston 11 wins throughout the non-conference season, tying the program’s all-time best mark since conference play began. The Cougars have not won 11 non-conference games since 2003-04.
Among The Top – The Cougars are off to a strong start as the non-conference season winds down. Houston ranks No. 29 in the NCAA in RPI.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (165), steals per game (12.7) and turnover margin (4.46) 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 46 steals and 3.56 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 6 and No. 11 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. COLUMBIA
Houston and Columbia will meet for the first time in program history on Thursday. In his career, Head Coach Ronald Hughey has never met a team from the Ivy League.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 10-3 on the season after storming back to an 82-73 victory over George Mason a week ago.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 18.0 points per game. Harris has scored 234 points this season, which ranks 39th in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.3 points per night, while Dorian Branch scores 11.5 per game, and Serithia Hawkins averages 11.1 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.1 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 69.5. Houston is shooting 41.6 percent from the field including 31.3 from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 39.1 percent of their shots and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.6 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.1 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (165), steals per game (12.7) and turnover margin (+4.46) and ranks sixth, 12th and 45th in the nation, respectively, in each category. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in both steals (46) and steals per game (3.54).
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia enters Thursday’s contest with a 6-6 overall record and a 3-1 mark on the road. The Lions enter as winners of four of their last five games.
Columbia shoots 41.9 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 66.7 points per game. Conversely, the Lions allow opponents to score 68.2 points per contest, on 41.3 percent shooting overall, and 26.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Lions have a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including Camille Zimmerman who paces the squad with 21.1 points per game and is shooting 50.0 percent (91-of-182) from the field. Riley Casey also averages more than 10 points a night with 10.7 per game.
Zimmerman also paces Columbia on the glass, pulling down 8.8 rebounds per contest.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars open American Athletic Conference play with a showdown against in-state rival SMU. The Cougars and Mustangs will tip at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30 inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
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.