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Volume 4, Issue 4                                    University of Houston

Poor shooting costs Lady Cougars conference opener

By Christian Schmidt
Breaking News Staff

The UH women's basketball team lost to highly regarded Texas Christian 61-49 Sunday in the Conference USA opener for both teams. The loss drops the Lady Cougars to 9-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Horned Frogs moved to 11-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference.

Houston scored just six points in the first 17 minutes of the game, as TCU's defense prevented UH from getting clean looks at the basket. The Lady Cougars shot a horrific 18 percent from the field during the first half and went into halftime trailing by eight points. The 18 points the Lady Cougars scored in the first half is 17 less than their season average per half.

Houston cut the lead to just two points at 41-39, but a 10-0 run by the Horned Frogs put them back in control.

Perhaps worst of all, Houston made just nine of 23 from the free-throw line while TCU made nine of 11 of its foul shots.

Senior center Valerie Muenoke’s scoring and rebounding prowess is one of the main reasons that the Lady Cougars have gone 9-4 this season.

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Chandi Jones came on strong in the second half and finished with a game-high 27 points, more than half of the Lady Cougars' offensive output. Jones also pulled down nine rebounds.

Unfortunately for Houston, Jones' teammates gave her precious little help. Freshman guard Shondra Bush was the only other UH player in double figures with 10 points. No other Lady Cougar recorded more than five points and only six players scored.

The Cougars were also outrebounded 53-39, despite senior center Valerie Muoneke's 11 boards.

TCU was led by forward Kati Safaritova, who scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including a perfect two-of-two from behind the three-point line.

Houston now heads to Fort Worth for a rematch Sunday, where it will try to exact some revenge and erase its losing record in conference play.

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