Houston: The Cougars finished with a trio of players in double figures including a game-high 20 from Jasmyne Harris, who also pulled down six rebounds and had a game-high seven assists. Angela Harris added 17 points, while Octavia Barnes finished with 12, and Serithia Hawkins paced the Cougars on the glass with eight rebounds.
Tulane: Tulane had a pair of players reach double digits, including Kolby Morgan, who led the team with 16 points. Despite a double-digit effort from the conference’s No. 2 leading scorer, Houston held Morgan to just 6-of-20 shooting, including 0-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line. Kayla Manuirirangi finished the contest with 10 point, while Harlyn Wyatt paced Tulane on the glass with nine rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
Houston swept the season series against Tulane for the first time since 2010-11.
With the victory, the Cougars picked up their sixth win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.
Houston’s 17 wins are the most the program has earned since winning 26 games throughout the 2010-11 season.
The 48 points allowed are the fewest this season for the Cougars. Their previous low came in a 77-53 victory over Columbia on Dec. 28.
With nine 3-pointers made in the contest, Houston tied the program record with 178 triples through 23 games this season. Houston set the record in 2016-17 in 31 games.
With 20 points in the contest, sophomore Jasmyne Harris now has 817 points in her career, while her six rebounds gives her 300 boards in less than two seasons. Harris also assisted on seven baskets, giving her 155 in her time at Houston. The 20-point game for Harris was the 12th this season of 20 or more for the sophomore.
Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down six defensive rebounds in the game, giving her 404 in her career and moving her into sixth all-time on the Houston defensive rebounds list. Hawkins passed Kellye Jones (398; 1988-92), Kiemona Harris (400; 2001-05) and ShaRonda Lasseter (403; 1997-01) in the effort. With eight total rebounds in the game, Hawkins became just the 11th player in school history to reach the 650 rebound plateau.
Junior transfers Octavia Barnes and Myyah West each reached the 100-rebound plateau in the game, with Barnes pulling down six boards to give her 105 and West grabbing four rebounds to reach 102.
Houston forced the Green Wave to commit 22 turnovers in the game while coming away with 13 steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the American Athletic Conference and top-15 in the nation in turnovers forced per game (22.45) and steals per game (11.6).
Houston won the points in the paint (24-20), points off turnovers (23-15), fast break points (8-0) and bench point (20-11) battles in the contest.
The Cougars held the Green Wave to 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from beyond the 3-point line in the game. Houston entered with the 16th best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the nation at 27.1 percent.