SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS
Wichita State enters with a 5-10 overall record and a 0-1 mark in conference play after falling 67-62 at home against Tulsa on Saturday.
The Shockers shoot 43.0 percent from the field but only 25.3 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 66.4 points per game. Conversely Wichita State allows opponents to score 69.9 points per game while letting them shoot 44.0 and 32.5 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
The Shockers have a trio of players who average double figures in scoring, including a team-best 18.6 from Rangie Bessard. Diamond Lockhart averages 10.2 points per game, while Angiee Tompkins adds 10.1.
On the glass, Bessard paces the Shockers with 7.5 rebounds per game.
Another night, another win. Big test coming up this weekend at Tulane.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with three players in double figures including a game-high 26 points from sophomore Jasmyne Harris. Dorian Branch added 16 points for the Cougars, while Octavia Barnes contributed 10 while pacing Houston on the glass with seven rebounds.
Wichita State: The Shockers had just one player reach double figures in the game. Rangie Bessard scored 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while tallying a double-double, and also leading Wichita State with 10 rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the victory, Houston improved to 3-0 all-time against Wichita State.
The win over Wichita State gives Houston 13 victories during the 2017-18 season, surpassing their win total from the 2016-17 season and standing as the most for Head Coach Ronald Hughey during his tenure.
Houston’s 13-3 record, marks the best start since the 2004-05 team started 14-3 in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
Houston’s 2-0 record in American Athletic Conference play marks their best start since joining the league.
Sophomore Angela Harris attempted five 3-pointers in the contest, moving her into 10th on the Houston all-time 3-pointers attempted list, passing her teammate Mariah Mitchell (278; 2014- ) with 283.
With 26 points in the contest, Jasmyne Harris posted her seventh game this season of 20 points or more, and her second consecutive. The 27 points also gives Harris 655 in just 46 games of her career.
Houston forced Wichita State to commit 25 turnovers in the game, while collecting 15 steals in the process. The Cougars entered first in the American Athletic Conference and top-10 in the nation in steals, steals-per-game and turnovers forced per game.
Houston was able to score big points off the 25 turnovers forced in the game. The Cougars won the points-off-turnovers battle 35-14.
Houston led for 38:23 of the game and has trailed for just 52 combined seconds over each of its first two American Athletic Conference games.