SCOUTING THE BUCS
East Tennessee State enters Sunday’s contest with a 6-4 record after winning back-to-back games at Murray State (96-68) and at Winthrop (74-63).
The Bucs shoot 38.9 percent from the field but only 25.5 percent from beyond the arc, leading to 73.2 points per game. Conversely, ETSU allows opponents to shoot 42.5 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from deep while holding opponents to 72.8 points per game.
The Bucs have been led offensively this season by Tianna Tarter, who scores 17.0 points per game. Tarter was named as one of 50 players to the watch list for the 2018 Citizen Naismith Watch List, awarded to the top women’s basketball player in the country. Erica Haynes-Overton also averages double figures for ETSU with 14.2 points per night.
Britney Snowden leads the Bucs on the glass this season with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Coogs keep rolling.
Very tough game this week against a Top 25 Rutgers team.
Houston: The Cougars had a trio of players reach double-figures, including Jasmyne Harris who paced Houston on both offense and on the glass with 28 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career. Angela Harris and Serithia Hawkins each added 12 points.
ETSU: The Buccaneers also had three players reach double figures, led by Tianna Tarter’s team-high 19 points. Shy Copney scored 15 for ETSU, while Erica Haynes-Overton added 10 and Malloree Schurr paced the Bucs with seven boards.
NEWS AND NOTES
Houston won its sixth consecutive game for the first time since winning 17 straight from Jan. 6-March 10, 2011.
The Cougars’ 88 points is the most they have scored in a contest since a 90-84 victory in overtime against Tulane on March 5, 2011. The 88 was the most Houston has scored in regulation since Dec. 30, 2010, when they defeated McNeese 93-63.
The 19-point victory was the largest margin of victory under Head Coach Ronald Hughey. Houston had previously won by 18 under Hughey three times, with the most recent contest coming in a 63-45 victory over SMU on Jan. 3, 2015.
Sophomore Angela Harris made a pair of 3-point baskets in the game, giving her 77 in her young career and moving her into 13th on the all-time Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Twiggy McIntyre (75; 2007-08) and Tanda Rucker (76; 1994-96).
Sophomore Jasmyne Harris connected on three 3-point buckets to move her into 18th on the all-time Houston 3-pointers made list, passing Jessieka Palmer (63; 2010-16).
Junior Serithia Hawkins scored 10 points in the contest, and her sixth point of the night gave her 600 in her career.
Houston pulled down a season-high 52 rebounds in the game, including 18 on the offensive glass, leading to 17 second-chance points.
Houston’s 8-2 record means the Cougars are off to their best start since the 2010-11 squad opened the season 8-2.
With the win, Houston improved to 1-1 all-time against East Tennessee State, while Hughey improved to 1-0.