Basketball: Cougars Return Home to Face Rutgers (W 53-31)

Cougars Return Home to Face Rutgers
Houston, Scarlet Knights meet for first time since 2014

Rutgers enters Saturday’s contest with a 2-8 overall record including a 5-0 mark away from Piscataway N.J.

The Scarlet Knights are led offensively by Kandiss Barber who has averaged 10.6 points through the first 10 games. Barber is the only player averaging double-figures for Rutgers. Shrita Parker averages 8.6 points per game, while Khadaizha Sanders scores 8.0.

On the glass, Desiree Keeling leads the Knights, pulling in 7.1 rebounds per contest. Barber is the only other Scarlet Knight averaging more than five boards per game, coming in at 5.1.

Entering play on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights are averaging 49.2 points per game, while allowing their opponents to score 62.3. Rutgers shoots 34.6 percent from the field, compared to their opponents 38.5, while being outshot from beyond the 3-point line 35.4 percent to 24.3 percent. On the glass, the Scarlet Knights are outrebounded by nearly seven rebounds per game at 40.3 to 33.4.

Team is making progress; this is a team we would have lost to badly last year.

Cougars Come Back to Stun Rutgers 53-51
Jasmyne Harris’ first career double-double paces comeback

With 6:54 remaining in the contest, Rutgers extended its lead to 10 points, but over the final 4:55 Houston’s defense clamped down. The Cougars allowed just one field goal and three points over the last five minutes, while outscoring Rutgers 15-3 down the stretch.