Shocker women's hoops falls at Houston

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HOUSTON (WSU Athletics) -

Houston’s pressure defense forced 25 Wichita State turnovers to help the Cougars pick up a 73-55 win Tuesday night in H&PE Arena.

Wichita State (5-11, 0-2) is still looking for its first win in the American Athletic Conference. The Shockers held the advantage in field goal percentage, rebounds (43-30) and points in the paint (46-22), but turnovers and three-point shooting were the difference.

The Shockers shot 45 percent from the floor compared to Houston’s 43 percent. For the third time this season, Wichita State was held without a three-point field goal (0-11) and fifth straight game with two or fewer. On the other side, UH knocked down 11-of-23 attempts from behind the line.

Houston (13-3, 2-0) came into the game as one of the country’s top teams in forcing turnovers and steals. Fifteen of Wichita State’s 25 turnovers were steals in the game.

Rangie Bessard led the Shockers with her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She now has seven games of 20 or more points this season and 20 in her career. Bessard finished 10-of-18 from the floor, but also had eight turnovers.

Jasmyne Harris led all scorers with 26 points, while Dorian Branch and Octavia Barnes added 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Wichita State concludes its brief two-game road swing in the Sunshine State on Jan. 6 vs. UCF. The Shockers and Knights tip on the American Digital Network at 1 p.m.