The University of Houston women’s basketball team had another tough week, while the men managed victories over SMU and UConn this past week.
The No. 25-ranked Houston Cougars closed out the regular season with wins over the SMU Mustangs and UConn Huskies.
Houston won its final road game of the season with a 69-56 win over rivals SMU on Wednesday in Dallas.
Rob Gray scored 19 points to lead the Cougars, but fell one assist short of his second straight double-double.
With the win, the Cougars swept the Mustangs this season for the first time since 2012-13.
It was the ninth win in the last 11 games for the Cougars.
The Cougars had a 36-24 lead at the half.
SMU had a decent start to the game, scoring the first points, but the Cougars soon took over with a 13-2 run to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
SMU narrowed its deficit to seven points late in the first half before the Cougars went on a 5-0 run, heading into the halftime break.
Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points for the Cougars while Armoni Brooks finished with 12.
Jahmal McMurry scored 17 points for the Mustangs to lead the team while Ben Emelogu finished with 14 points.
Playing on senior day, the Houston Cougars broke away late in the game to take an 81-71 victory over the UConn Huskies on Sunday afternoon at H&PE Arena.
The win put the Cougars (24-6, 14-4) in a tie for second with the Wichita State Shockers, who earlier in the day lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the regular season conference championship decider.
In a game that was close for a majority of the contest, the Huskies (14-17, 7-11) took a 38-37 lead at the half.
A layup by Terry Larrier brought the Huskies to a 70-68 deficit with 3:40 left in the game before the Cougars used an 11-3 run to close out the game and end the regular season on a high note.
The Cougars scored all their last 11 points from the free throw line.
Free throws by Devin Davis made it 72-68 for Houston and Gray added a few more charities soon after to extend the Cougars’ lead.
Gray led the Cougars in scoring with 30 points while Davis Jr. had 17 and Davis finished with 12 points.
Jalen Adams scored 22 points to lead UCONN while Larrier put up 19 and Christian Vital scored 11 points.
The Cougars (23-6, 13-4) who should have a spot locked up in the NCAA Basketball Tournament will now turn their attention to the AAC Championship Tournament this week in Orlando, Fla.
The Houston Cougar women’s basketball team’s hopes for a possible spot in the NCAA Basketball Tournament may have just ended, losing to the Cincinnati Bearcats in a 61-57 encounter on Monday before being dealt a 98-72 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
The Cougars dropped their regular season finale with a four-point loss to the Bearcats on Monday in Cincinnati on Monday night.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to fifth in the AAC standings.
Two players were in double figures for the Cougars including a team-high of 16 points from Dorian Branch. Jasmyne Harris scored 13 points while Myyah West recorded six rebounds.
The Bearcats had three players reach double figures in scoring. Shanice Johnson scored 17 points while Sam Rodgers finished with 16 and Ana Owens put up 12 points.
Both teams kept it close throughout the night.
Houston came back in the fourth quarter and managed to cut the lead to two with a minute left to play. On the final possession, Angela Harris fired a jumper that was no good.
The Cougars went on a run to start the fourth quarter before the Bearcats used a 5-0 surge to push the lead back to seven at 59-52 with 2:23 remaining.
Playing in the first round of the AAC women’s basketball tournament in Uncasville, Conn. on Saturday, the Cougars (20-11, 9-7) were eliminated in a 98-72 loss.
Tulsa started the contest on a 6-1 run to take an early lead and take control of the game.
The Cougars used a 7-2 run in the second quarter to try and pull back.
Houston finished with three players in double figures with Angela Harris scoring 27 points to lead the Cougars. Jasmyne Harris scored 12 points while Serithia Hawkins finished with 11.
Tulsa had five players score in double-figures. Crystal Polk scored 28 points, while Shug Dickson had 22. Alexis Gaulden finished with 16. Erika Wakefield had 12, and Kendrian Elliot scored 11 points.
Houston used a final surge, cutting the lead to 12 at 64-52, but it wouldn’t be enough.