Houston outscored Wichita State 26-11 in the third quarter to erase a halftime deficit in route to a 73-62 win Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State (10-14, 5-5) dropped its second straight game after a season-high five-game winning streak and fell to 0-4 all-time vs. Houston. Houston (18-6, 7-3) picked up its third straight victory with the win.
Rangie Bessard led three Shockers in double-figures with 15 points, but struggled from the field, finishing just 5-for-18. Keke Thompson scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half to go with seven rebounds and five assists and Angiee Tompkins added 13 points and five rebounds.
The Shockers finished the game shooting 37 percent and were outrebounded for just the sixth time this season, 41-35. Despite turning the ball over 21 times, Houston made up for it by shooting 46.7 percent from the field. Both teams came away with 13 steals.
Jasmyne Harris scored a game-high 24 points to lead Houston, while Serithia Hawkins added 18. Dorian Branch and Octavia Barnes finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
For the second straight game, Thompson got off to a quick start by scoring six of the team's first eight points. Her eighth point gave the Shockers a 12-10 lead with 3:00 minutes left in the quarter.
Thompson started the game 4-of-5, while the rest of the team was a combined 1-for-9.
A jumper from the top of the key from Jeliah Preston cut the Houston lead to 19-16 at the end of the first. The Shockers were just 7-of-18 from the field, while the Cougars hit 50 percent, including a trio of three-pointers.
Back-to-back three-point plays from Bessard and Thompson put Wichita State in front 30-25 with 4:59 to go until halftime.
By the five-minute mark of the second quarter, the Shockers had already forced 10 Houston turnovers.
A 7-0 Shocker run gave Wichita State its largest lead of the half, 37-28. Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage started the run with a trey from the corner and then Bessard capped it with a layup and two free throws.
The Cougars were able to hit two more from long range to end the half with Wichita State leading 39-34. The two teams were neck-and-neck from the field with UH shooting 44 percent and WSU at 43 percent.
Houston was able end the half with seven made from downtown, but committed 13 turnovers. Thompson led the Shockers with 11 first half points, while Jasmyne Harris paced all scorers with 14.
Houston used a 7-0 spurt covering less than a minute of game action to tie the game at 43, forcing a Keitha Adams timeout in the opening minutes of the second half.
Two Bessard free throws snapped the run, but the drought continued from the field to allowing UH to retake the lead, 48-45, following a three-point play from Dorian Branch. WSU started the half 2-of-8 from the floor, while UH hit five of its first seven.
The Cougars stretched their lead to double-figures in the final minutes behind a 10-0 run and would take a 60-50 lead into the final quarter. Houston outscored Wichita State 26-11 in the period.
Through three quarters of play Bessard led the Shockers with 15 points, but WSU had no answer for Jasmyne Harris who had 22 points. Wichita State was just 4-of-14 from the field with eight turnovers in the frame. Houston shot an efficient 10-of-15.
Houston upped its lead to 14 to open the fourth and would hold a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
WSU held Houston to 4-of-15 shooting in the frame, but couldn't take advantage.
Wichita State hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 7, before making the trip north to face No. 1 UConn on Feb. 10. The Shockers and Bearcats will tip at 7 p.m. CST on COX YurView.