Houston loses to Texas A&M at their Fertitta Center debut
The Aggies of Texas A&M returns to Houston after five years, playing the Houston Cougars on first women’s basketball game at the renovated Fertitta Centar Thursday night.
It was an opportunity for both teams as they would play in front of a nationally televised audience; an opportunity that Texas A&M didn’t miss a beat cashing in.
The Aggies took an early 8-0 lead over the first five minutes of the first half.
The Cougars managed to create opportunities to mount a comeback only to fall short in their attempts.
The Aggies were relentless on their assault against the Cougars – continuing to mount points on the board ’till Houston’s Jasmyne Harris slowed down the Aggies momentum with a 3-point bucket.
After trading buckets, The Cougars wound up cutting the lead down to four (14-10) after the first ten minutes of the game.
On the second quarter of the first half, defense was the storied theme until A&M pushed the lead back to seven at 19-12 on a 3-point play from Chennedy Carter with 5:38 left on the half.
The Aggies wouldn’t relent their seven point lead for the remainder of the half till Carter extended the lead 26-18 with 1:28 remaining.
Houston opened the second half of the game cutting the lead down to three (26-23)
Both teams wound up ending in a shoot-out, trading buckets back until the Aggies were building momentum to extend their lead. Harris, however, derailed the build up after knocking down a layup to cut the score 30-27.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the Aggies would go on a 15-0 run.
The Cougars tried to mount a comeback for the remainder of the half, cutting down the lead to 10-points but their efforts wound being in vain as the Aggies managed to score on miscues from the Cougars.
The Aggies efforts allowed them to top the Cougars 68-52, crashing the Cougars’ debut at the Fertitta Center.
The Cougars play UT-Arlington on Dec. 12 at 7pm at the Fertitta Center.