Houston scored 71 points in the second half and overtime period, after scoring just 27 in the first 20 minutes. The Cougars reclaimed the lead for good with 35 seconds to play, but a huge defensive play by Mariah Mitchell, taking a charge on the next possession, sealed the game for Houston.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with four players in double-figures including a career-high 34 points from Jasmyne Harris to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds for her sixth career double-double and fourth this season. Harris also finished with a team-high eight assists. Serithia Hawkins also tallied a double-double, the 14th of her career, setting a career-best with 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, while Octavia Barnes and Dorian Branch finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Tulane: The Green Wave also had four players reach double figures, including a team-high 30 from Kolby Morgan. Kayla Manuirirangi added 16 points, and Sierra Cheatham had 14, while Meredith Schulte finished the contest with 10. Morgan also paced Tulane on the glass and in assists with nine each.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the victory, Houston improved to 14-28 all-time against Tulane and 7-13 while playing inside Devlin Fieldhouse. The victory over the Green Wave is the first in Head Coach Ronald Hughey’s tenure.
The win over Tulane gives Houston 14 victories during the 2017-18 season, the most for Head Coach Ronald Hughey at Houston.
Houston’s 14-3 record, marks the best start since the 2004-05 team started with the same record, in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
Houston’s 3-0 record in American Athletic Conference play continues their best start since joining the league.
The victory for Houston pushes its winning streak to six-consecutive games, a number they have reached twice this season. The Cougars multiple 6-game winning streaks marks the first time a Houston team has achieved multiple streaks of at least six games since the 2003-04 season.
Houston improved to 3-0 while playing in the city of New Orleans in 2017-18 with the win. The Cougars won a pair of contests against New Orleans and Milwaukee in the Preseason WNIT earlier this season.
The come-from-behind win for the Cougars is their sixth this season when trailing by at least eight points, and the fifth when trailing by double-digits.
With a career-high 34 points in the contest, Jasmyne Harris became the first Cougar to have multiple 30-point games in a season since Porsche Landry scored 30 twice during the 2012-13 campaign. Harris is averaging 29.0 points per game over the first three American Athletic Conference matchups and has scored in double-figures in eight straight games and 13 of her last 14.
With six 3-pointers made in the contest, Jasmyne Harris now has 84 in her career, moving her to 11th on the all-time Houston 3-pointers made list, passing her teammate Mariah Mitchell (80; 2014- ), Porsche Landry (82; 2008-13) and Jessica Shanklin (82; 1999-01).
With a career-high 25 points in the contest, Serithia Hawkins now has 700 points in her career through 77 games.
With four offensive rebounds in the game, Hawkins moved past Lesslee Mason (231; 2008-11) for 11th all-time on the Houston offensive rebound list with 232 in her career. Hawkins also pulled down six defensive rebounds, giving her 367 in her tenure and moving her past Pat Luckey (363; 1988-92) for No. 10 on the defensive board list at Houston.
Houston forced Tulane to commit 23 turnovers in the game, while collecting eight 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 25 points off its 23 forced turnovers in the game.
Saturday’s game saw eight lead changes and 12 ties.
The Cougars scored 98 points for the second time this season, matching the most that they have scored since a 104-65 win over North Texas on Dec. 5, 2009.