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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 20, 2015) Houston Cougars' starting forward Seritia Hawkins get her first double-double of the season, but her performance was not enough to curtail the offensive punch of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as they dropped a 55-45 decision at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston on Sunday, December 20, 2015. The freshman guard, who played her prep ball at Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, scored 13 point and pulled down 11 rebounds. Teammate Tyler Gilbert scored 12 point off the bench in the Cougars’ effort.
The Cougars held a 9-5 lead after 10 minutes of play, with turnovers playing a key role in the score. UTRGV had five, while Houston posted eight. Houston shot 40% from the field, but the Vaqueros could only manage 16%. Both teams picked up the pace in the second quarter with the score being tied at 23 at halftime. Houston fell to 38% in shooting with UTRGV picking theirs to 33%. Turnovers continued to play a part of the game with both teams adding six more in the second quarter. The third quarter saw the Vaqueros score nine points to jump ahead of the Cougars by the score of 42-36. The fourth quarter was the clincher for UTRGV as they outscored the Cougars 13-9 to take the game. The Vaqueros had two players scoring in double figures. Starting guard Shawnte’ Goff scored 16 points, while starting forward Hild Kjartansdottir tallied 14.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 4-7 for the season, while UTRGV goes to 7-6. Houston will have 10 days off to prepare for the Tulane Green Wave on December 30, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rio Grande Valley will face Evengel on the same date at home.