SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Memphis enters Wednesday’s contest with a 7-15 record and a 2-7 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Tigers most recently fell 61-41 at UCF on Feb. 3 and have lost five consecutive games entering the matchup.
Memphis shoots 41.2 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to just 58.6 points per game. Conversely, the Tigers allow opponents to score 69.9 points per game while allowing them to shoot 43.3 percent and 29.4 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.
Memphis has a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 14.9 points per game from Brea Elmore. Cheyenne Creighton puts in 14.8 points per game to stand as a close second on the squad.
Creighton paces the Tigers on the glass, pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game, while Brianna Porter is second at 4.5 boards per contest.
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Once again a come from behind win over a weak team, but it was on the road. I love the way Jazz has elevated her game as she leads the conference in scoring. Hopefully we bring in some bigs to help next year and become a legit threat against decent teams…Go Coogs!
It was at home; I was there for this one. Coogs really struggled offensively for most of the game, but their defense kicked into gear and just swarmed the Tigers. Close game until the very end when the Coogs started making threes.
Agree on the bigs. We’re still getting abused down low and were lucky last night that Memphis didn’t have bigs that could actually score (missed a ton of layups). Still, the ladies fight hard down there and, in fact, things got pretty testy at time with Memphis pushing Branch and then a Memphis player kicking Hawkins later on (she got a Tech for that one which helped the Coogs tie it in the 4th after Memphis took the lead). Coogs stood their ground though.
Houston: Houston finished the contest with just two players in double figures, including a game-high 24 points from Jasmyne Harris. Angela Harris finished the contest with 19 points, while Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds.
Memphis: Memphis finished with a trio of players in double figures, led by Cheyenne Creighton who paced the squad with 15 points. Alana Davis picked up a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jada Stinson also added 13 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the win, Houston Head Coach Ronald Hughey improved to 1-5 all-time against Memphis.
With the victory, the Cougars picked up their eighth win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.
Houston’s 19 wins are the most the program has earned since winning 26 games throughout the 2010-11 season.
The Cougars made 10 3-pointers in the contest, giving them 195 on the season and extending the program record, which they broke at Wichita State on Feb. 3.
Sophomore Jasmyne Harris picked up her 14th game of 20 or more points, and third consecutive, with her 24 point performance. Harris now has 514 points this season, a mark that leads The American and is the 14th best total in a single season for a Cougar.
Harris made a career-high seven 3-pointers in the contest, giving her 64 on the season, the seventh most all-time for Houston, and 113 in her career which moves her past teammate Angela Harris for ninth on the all-time 3-pointers made list.
With three 3-pointers made in the game, sophomore Angela Harris now has 58 makes this season, ranking her eighth on the all-time list in a season at Houston. Harris now has 109 made 3-pointers in her career which is 10th all-time for the Cougars.
Junior Serithia Hawkins picked up seven rebounds in the contest, giving her 664 in her career. Hawkins’ night moves her past Sancho Lyttle (661; 2003-05) for 10th on the all-time Houston boards list.
Four of Hawkins’ rebounds came on the defensive end, giving her 414 defensive boards in her career and moving her into a tie for fifth all-time at Houston with Nicole Oliver (2000-04).
Houston forced Memphis to commit 25 turnovers in the contest, including 10 off Houston steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the American Athletic Conference in turnovers forced per game (22.25) and steals per game (11.8).
The Cougars scored 29 points off 25 turnovers in the game.
After storming back from eight points down in the contest, Houston completed its ninth comeback of eight or more points this season and its eighth when trailing by that margin in the second half.
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