Houston: Houston had four players in double figures including Serithia Hawkins who tallied her second double-double of the season and 13th of her career after tying for the team high with 18 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Angela Harris also finished the game with 18 points, while Jasmyne Harris added 15 and Octavia Barnes scored 13.
George Mason: Senior transfer Natalie Butler had a monster night for the Patriots, tallying game highs of 35 points and 19 rebounds. Nicole Cardano-Hillary added 14 points, while Jacy Bolton and Camden Musgrave scored 10 points each.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the victory, Houston improved to 1-0 all-time against George Mason.
The win over the Patriots give Houston its 10th win of the season, marking the best start since the 2004-05 team reached the same record in a season that saw the Cougars make the NCAA Tournament.
The 10 wins also gives Houston its most non-conference wins in a single season since the 2003-04 team notched the feat.
Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down 14 rebounds in the game, giving her 575 in her career and moving her past Lesslee Mason (570; 2008-11) for 14th on the all-time list. Hawkins had 10 of her rebounds come on the offensive glass, giving her 225 in her career and moving her into 12th on the Houston offensive rebounds list, passing Nicole Oliver (223; 2000-04).
Despite Natalie Butler’s presence in the paint, Houston won the points in the paint battle 40-30. The Cougars also claimed the points-off-turnovers battle 35-23 and the fast-break points advantage 16-2.
The Cougars forced George Mason to commit 33 turnovers in the game, and came away with 14 steals. The Cougars entered the game first in the conference fourth in the NCAA in total steals with 149.