Basketball Welcomes SMU to H&PE Arena (W 60-56)

SMU enters Tuesday’s contest with a 7-13 record and a 1-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play, and are currently on a 3-game losing streak dating back to Jan. 16.

SMU shoots 34.4 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line, leading to 56.8 points per game. Conversely, the Mustangs allow opponents to score 60.5 points per game while allowing them to shoot 35.8 percent and 30.2 percent from the field and beyond the 3-point line, respectively.

The Mustangs have a pair of players that average double figures in scoring, including a team-high 17.5 points per game from McKenzie Adams. Kiarra Perry sits second on the squad with 10.2 points per night.

Perry also paces the Mustangs on the glass, pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game, while Dai’ja Thomas is a close second at 7.2 boards per contest.

After the Mustangs (7-14, 1-7) scored 10 unanswered points late in the third quarter to go up 44-39 at the end of the period, UH narrowed the gap early in the fourth quarter before SMU took its biggest lead of the game at 52-44 with 5:09 left.

But the Cougars’ defense took over from there, holding the Mustangs to just four points the rest of the way while scoring 16 to take control of the game.

Houston: The Cougars finished with a trio of players in double-figures including Jasmyne Harris, who paced the squad with 15 points, giving her 13 consecutive double-digit scoring games. Angela Harris finished the contest with 13 points, while Serithia Hawkins tallied her 16th career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

SMU: The Mustangs had a pair of players reach double figures in the game, including a game-high 19 points from McKenzie Adams. Kiara Perry added 12 points, and Klara Bradshaw led SMU on the boards with seven rebounds.


Houston swept the season series against SMU for the first time since 2010-11 and pushed the overall series record to 34-25.

With the victory, the Cougars picked up their fifth win in American Athletic Conference play, the most the program has achieved since joining the league.

The fourth-quarter comeback was the seventh comeback of eight or more points in the second half for the Cougars this season.

With seven defensive rebounds in the contest, junior Serithia Hawkins now has 398 in her career, moving her past Sancho Lyttle (391; 2003-05) and into a tie for eighth with Kellye Jones (1988-92) for seventh on the all-time Houston defensive boards list.

With 10 total rebounds in the game, Hawkins moves to 11th all-time with 642, passing Nicole Oliver (637; 2000-04).

Sophomore Dorian Branch tallied three assists in the contest, giving her 101 in her career.

The Cougars outrebounded SMU 15-7 on the offensive glass, giving the Cougars a 12-7 advantage on second-chance points.

With eight 3-pointers made in the game, Houston has now knocked down 169 threes this season. That number ranks fourth all-time and is just nine off the team record pace of 178.