Houston stormed back in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to two with a minute to play. After a Cincinnati turnover, Houston had a chance to tie or take the lead on the final possession, but Angela Harris’ jumper rimmed out.
Houston: The Cougars had two players reach double figures in scoring, including a team-high 16 points from sophomore Dorian Branch. Jasmyne Harris finished the game with 13 points, while Myyah West led the Cougars on the glass with six rebounds.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats saw three players reach double figures in scoring in the game and were paced by Shanice Johnson’s game-high 17 points. Johnson also led Cincinnati on the glass with eight rebounds. Sam Rodgers added 16 points, while Ana Owens finished with 12.
NEWS AND NOTES
As the No. 5 seed, Houston will face the No. 12 seed Tulsa in the American Conference Championship on Saturday, March 3.
Junior Serithia Hawkins pulled down three rebounds in the contest, giving her 701 in her career. With the accomplishment, Hawkins becomes just the ninth player in program history to score at least 800 points and pull down at least 700 boards in a career.
With 13 points in the contest, Jasmyne Harris has now reached double figures in 21 consecutive contests, dating back to Dec. 10.