Cougars Maul Bearcats – University of Houston Athletics

CINCINNATI – In its only regular season meeting, the University of Houston women’s basketball team recorded its biggest win over Cincinnati in program history 63-39 Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena.

Four different cougars scored in double digits, led by Junior Laila Blairs game-high 17 points and graduate Tatyana Hills 13th career double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds). Senior Bria Patterson chipped in 13 points and Redshirt Senior Britney Onyeje Added 10 more.

Houston (7-13, 4-3 American) held Cincinnati (7-12, 0-6) in three separate quarters with single-digit goals, handing the hosts their seventh straight loss. In the first quarter, Cincinnati didn’t score their first points until 4:37 – the longest goal gap a Houston opponent had at the start of a game this season.

The Cougars held the Bearcats to just eight points in the first quarter, for the second game in a row Houston’s opponents didn’t score more than 10 points in the first quarter.

A 16-0 run over 5:32 in the second quarter put Houston to a 29-10 lead with 2:58 at halftime. All five starters scored during the 16-point streak for Houston, including three points from Blair and Senior Bria Patterson.

Blair scored 10 points and Patterson picked up nine chips of his own in the first half as the Cougars outplayed the Bearcats 18-5 in the second quarter. Cincinnati’s five points in the second period is a season low, allowing Houston in every quarter this season. Houston held Cincinnati in fourth place on nine points.

The Bearcats used a Reverse Uno card defensively against the Cougars in the third quarter, not allowing Houston to score a field goal for four minutes midway through the period. Houston’s lone shot through four minutes of play in the half came on Onyeje’s three-pointer with 8:29 in the quarter.

The Cougars reverted to their defensive identity moments later by forcing four straight turnovers.

Houston kept Cincinnati at its second-lowest shooting efficiency of the season, 23.5 percent. The fantastic field-goal percentage defense marks the first time Houston has kept his opponent below 25 percent from the field since 2014 against Nicholls State and the lowest for the head coach Ronald Hugheys career in Houston.

The Cougars return home to face Tulane in their second meeting in just over three weeks on ESPNU Sunday. The 1:00 p.m. CT peak marks the final meeting of the regular season between the two programs.

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