W BBall Opens Conference Tournament Against USF (L 72-55)

(Patrick) #1

Saturday’s contest can be seen on ESPN# by clicking HERE and heard live by fans via the home for Houston Women’s Basketball Radio, UHCougars.com/wbbradio. Live statistics are also available and can be found HERE and the official Twitter account of Houston Women’s Basketball, @UHCougarWBB, will offer updates throughout the game.
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USF enters Saturday’s contest with an 17-14 overall record, a 7-9 mark in American Athletic Conference play. USF won its First Round Matchup against No. 12 Tulane in a 61-52 decision.
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USF has five players averaging double figures in scoring this season, Kitija Laksa paces the Bulls with 16.3 points per game to lead the team, Laura Ferreira is second on the team with 14.9 points per game.
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USF is allowing opponents to score 55.2 points per game, allowing 36.1 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent from long-range.

(Patrick) #2

(Patrick) #3

11-9 Coogs lead after 1.

(Patrick) #4

Coogs lead 34-33. Had opened a 7 point lead, but an 8-0 USF run at the end of the period erased that.

(Patrick) #5

Coogs fall 72-55 and bow out of the tournament. Probably their last game of the season as well as they struggled at the end of the season and probably have no shot at the WNIT.

Disappointing season, yet, with all the turmoil, it was also somewhat of a miracle that they did as well as they did. Most teams don’t lose two of their top 4 players for long stretches and still go on to finish with a winning record in conference.

One thing I’ve noticed, Hughey’s got talented players, but he needs a true captain that can help settle things down on the floor when things get hectic. We’ll see if he can find that next season.

(Butch) #6

It just was not a very good run by the women this year…but like you said losing our top two players did not help anything. And once again, hopefully we get some tall, talented girls into camp…otherwise we will continue to lose to the better programs…

(Patrick) #7

HOUSTON: The Cougars saw two players reach double figures in scoring, Branch led the team with 13 points, while Okoene added 10. Serithia Hawkins posted led the team in rebounds with eight and Blackshell-Fair led the team in assists, matching her career-high with five. Barnes has now hit at least one three-pointer in the last 21 games.
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USF: USF finished the game with three players in double figures. Ena Pehadzic led the team with 16 points. Tamara Henshaw led the Bulls on the boards with seven rebounds and Elisa Pinzan and Sydni Harvey finished with four assists.
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* Houston drops to 15-15 on the season and 9-7 in conference play. The Cougars have matched their regular-season record from last season at 9-7.
* The Cougars shot 32.1 percent from the field, compared to 49.0 percent from USF. Houston was outrebounded by USF 40-27, hitting 4-of-17 from long-range.
* The Cougars force 16 USF turnovers for its 25 game this season with at least 15 forced turnovers.