HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team opens American Athletic Conference play, riding a 3-game winning streak into their contest against in-state rival SMU on Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum. Tipoff against the Mustangs is scheduled for 2 p.m., in Dallas.
Fans can catch all the action of the SMU game in a variety of ways, including a live stream courtesy of SMU Athletics. The stream requires a subscription and can be found by clicking HERE. Fans can hear the matchup against SMU 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 Fall to SMU in Regular Season Finale
The Houston Cougar Women's Basketball team closed the regular season with a 74-45 loss on the road at SMU on Monday. Senior Jacqueline Blake paced the Cougars with 18 points in the effort.
THE STARTING FIVE
Here are five names, numbers, news items and storylines you need to know about the American Athletic Conference opener at SMU.
Old Rivals – Houston and SMU will meet for the 58th time in program history. The two squads have met on the hardwood every year since 2006.
American Play – The Cougars begin their fifth season of American Athletic Conference play. Houston claimed its first win in a conference opener since joining the league, when it beat Tulsa 71-66 on Jan. 1, 2017.
Among The Top – The Cougars are off to a strong start as league play begins. Houston ranks No. 34 in the NCAA in RPI.
I’ll Take That – Houston leads the American Athletic Conference in steals (178), steals per game (12.7) and turnovers forced (23.36) and ranks fifth, 10th and ninth 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 50 steals and 3.57 steals per game lead the conference and rank No. 6 and No. 10 in the nation, respectively.
SERIES vs. SMU
Houston and SMU will meet for the 58th time in program history on Saturday. The all-time series dates back to a 77-71 win for Houston on Jan. 13, 1981, and the two programs have met twice in each season since 2006.
Houston holds the all-time series lead at 32-25 but dropped each of the two matchups in 2017, falling 66-45 on Jan. 21 in Houston and 74-45 on Feb. 27 in Dallas.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Houston is 11-3 on the season after rolling to a 77-53 victory over Columbia on Thursday in the non-conference finale.
Houston has been led on offense by four different players averaging double-figures per night. Sophomore Jasmyne Harris leads the squad with 17.9 points per game. Harris has scored 250 points this season, which ranks 32nd in the NCAA. Sophomore Angela Harris adds 14.3 points per night, while Serithia Hawkins scores 11.6 per game and Dorian Branch averages 11.4 points per contest.
As a team, the Cougars are scoring 75.2 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 68.3. Houston is shooting 41.9 percent from the field including 31.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, while opponents are making 38.9 percent of their shots and 28.2 percent from beyond the arc.
On the glass this season, Hawkins paces the Cougars with 8.3 rebounds per night, while Jasmyne Harris adds 6.3 boards per game.
Houston currently ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in steals (178), steals per game (12.7) turnovers forced per game (23.36) and turnover margin (+4.79) and ranks fifth, 10th, ninth and 45th in the nation, respectively, in each. Angela Harris leads the conference and ranks among the top-10 in the nation in both steals (50) and steals per game (3.56).
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
SMU enters Saturday with a 6-7 overall record after falling 79-57 at Texas A&M, Thursday.
The Mustangs shoot 36.1 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 59.7 points per game. Conversely SMU allows opponents to score 59.8 points per game while letting them shoot 34.6 and 28.9 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
The Mustangs have a pair of players who average double figures in scoring, including a team-best 18.1 from McKenzie Adams. Kiara Perry averages 11.2 per night, and on the glass, Perry paces SMU with 7.7 rebounds a game.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return to H&PE Arena for their American Athletic Conference home opener, when they welcome the newest member of the league, Wichita State. The Shockers joined The American in the summer of 2017. Tipoff against Wichita State is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2.
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.