Houston: The Cougars had five players reach double figures for the first time this season, including a game-high 26 from Jasmyne Harris on 11-of-17 shooting. Octavia Barnes added 14 points for the Cougars while Myyah West finished with a career-high 13 points, and Dorian Branch and Angela Harris added 11 points apiece. Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with nine rebounds, while West had eight and Barnes finished with seven.
Incarnate Word: The Cardinals had a trio of players reach double figures in scoring, including Sydnee Wynn and Charmaine McBride, who each tied for the team lead with 13 points. Kara Speer finished the game with 11 points. Quincy Baker led Incarnate Word on the glass with seven rebounds, including four offensively.
NEWS AND NOTES
Sophomore guard Angela Harris connected on three 3-pointer in the game, giving her 83 in her career and moving her into 10th all-time on the Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Porsche Landry (2008-13) and Jessica Shanklin (1999-01) who finished their careers with 82.
Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down four defensive rebounds (nine total) in the game to give her 346 defensive boards in her career, moving her past Karen Yee (344; 1987-90) for 11th on the all-time Houston list.
Houston dominated the specialty points categories, winning the points in the paint battle 46-24, the points off turnover competition 24-16 and the bench points battle 32-27. Houston would also take a 22-2 advantage on the fast break.
The Cougars scored 98 points in the contest, marking their highest point total since a 104-65 win over North Texas on Dec. 5, 2009.
The 31-point spread is the largest margin of victory for the Cougars under Head Coach Ronald Hughey and is the biggest advantage for the program since an 88-48 win over UT Arlington on Nov. 14, 2010.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 9-3 on the season, marking their best 12-game start since the 2010-11 squad started 9-3 in a season that saw them reach the NCAA Tournament.
Houston set season highs in points (98), offensive rebounds (21), assists (25), blocks (nine), made field goals (39), field goal percentage (54.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (50.0) in the win.
Myyah West (13), Dionna Collins (eight), and Kaila Chizer (one) each set career highs for points in the game.