Houston: Houston was led offensively by four players in double figures, including a game-high 27 points from Jasmyne Harris. Myyah West finished the contest with a career-high 16 points and paced the Cougars with six rebounds, while Angela Harris and Serithia Hawkins each scored 13 points.
SMU: The Mustangs had three players reach double figures in scoring, including a team-high 25 points from McKenzie Adams. Kiara Perry finished with 14 points, and a game-high eight rebounds, while Dai’ja Thomas scored 12.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the win, the Cougars now have 12 victories on the season, matching their total from the 2016-17 season and matching the most for Head Coach Ronald Hughey in his tenure.
The victory over SMU in the team’s American Conference opener gives the Cougars back-to-back victories to open league play after a 71-66 victory over Tulsa on Jan. 1, 2017.
Houston’s 12-3 record, marks the best start since the 2004-05 team started 14-3 in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore Angela Harris knocked down three 3-point baskets in the contest, giving her 90 in her career and moving her to ninth on the all-time Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Tye Jackson (89; 2005-08).
Harris also racked up four more steals in the game. The sophomore entered Saturday sixth in the NCAA in total steals (50) and 10th in steals per game (3.57).
Junior Serithia Hawkins collected five rebounds in the game, giving her 585 in her career and moving her past Barbara Anderson (583; 1984-88) for 13th on the all-time Houston rebounding list.
Houston forced the Mustangs to commit 27 turnovers in the game. The Cougars entered Saturday’s game forcing 23.56 turnovers per contest which ranks ninth in the nation and first in The American. The Cougars also ended the contest with 16 steals after entering ranked first in the conference with 12.7 steals per game.
Houston scored 33 points off their 27 forced turnovers and also won the fast-break points battle 23-14.
Junior Myyah West finished the game with a career-high 16 points.
Houston’s 85 points is the most that the Cougars have scored in an American Athletic Conference game since joining the league in 2013-14.
The home loss for the Mustangs is just the second defeat inside Moody Coliseum this season, and the fourth for SMU in Travis Mays’ two-year tenure.