Houston: The Cougars were led offensively and on the glass by Serithia Hawkins who scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds to register her seventh double-double of the season and the 18th of her career. Angela Harris finished the game with 15 points, while Julia Blackshell-Fair added a career-high 11.
South Dakota: The Coyotes had four players reach double-figures in scoring, including a team-high 12 from Jaycee Bradley. Ciara Duffy finished the contest with 11 points, while Madison McKeever and Allison Arens each had 10. Arens paced the Coyotes with nine rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
With the WNIT game, Houston made its first appearance in the postseason since the 2010-11 season. The WNIT bid was the fifth all-time for the Cougars, and they now hold a 5-6 record in the tournament.
With 16 rebounds in the contest, Serithia Hawkins now has 722 in her career, moving her into sixth all-time on the Houston rebounding list. Hawkins passed Toni Mooney (1980-84; 707), Chandi Jones (2000-04; 714) and ShaRonda Lasseter (1997-01; 715) in the effort.
Angela Harris made three 3-pointers in the contest, to give her 85 on the season. Harris finishes the year second on the all-time 3-pointers made in a season list.
Houston outrebounded the Coyotes in the contest 46-34, and held a 17-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The 17 offensive rebounds led to an 11-3 advantage on second-chance points for Houston.