Volume 3, Issue 2 University of Houston
Lady Cougars enjoy time in 'Paradise,' trounce
By Crystal J. Doucette
The Lady Cougars entered the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise Classic at the home of the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine on Monday, where they faced the Eastern Washington Lady Eagles in their first contest of the round-robin tournament.
The Lady Eagles, as every team in this tournament, has not received any votes in the Associated Press top 25 poll.
After going 1-1 against top 10 teams in back-to-back games, the UH women's basketball team has taken court against some of the toughest women in basketball. Head coach Joe Curl's non-conference schedule has tested almost every aspect of the Lady Cougars' game, and the benefits of such a difficult schedule seem to be paying off.
UH (5-4) soundly defeated the Lady Eagles, 73-60, never losing the lead. The team ended the first half ahead, 46-29, as the Lady Cougars stepped up on offense and defense. Holding EWU (3-5) to 36 percent from the field, UH hit 41 percent for the game and 50 percent in the first half. With more than eight minutes left to play, Curl put in his bench to finish the game.
UH led by as much as 26 points during the contest, but the team was cold from three-point range, only hitting two-of-11 attempts.
Two Lady Cougars, freshman guard/forward Chandi Jones and senior forward Mone't Sykes, had double-doubles for the evening.
Jones led all players with 20 points, 12 of which were put up in the first half. She grabbed 13 rebounds against the Lady Eagles. The 5-10 standout from Bay City is averaging more than 20 points per game, including a 32-point performance in a UH victory over No. 10 Louisiana Tech.
Sykes scored 17 points and pulled 10 off the boards. It was her second double-double and the second time she has tied her career high of 10 rebounds (16 points, 10 rebounds in a victory over Texas-San Antonio). The 5-10 California-native also helped put Houston up by 17 to end the first half, hitting four-of-four from the free-throw line.
UH has won every game this season when leading at the half.
The Lady Cougars will next play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 at
Hofheinz Pavilion after playing Detroit-Mercy late Tuesday and Hawaii on
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