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Volume 4, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Muoneke leads Houston as Lady Cougars trounce Jacksonville State

By Christian Schmidt
Breaking News Staff

The UH women's basketball team cruised to a 26-point victory over Jacksonville State in the consolation game of the Mississippi State University Classic after falling to Montana 93-72 in the first round. In the championship game, Mississippi State prevailed over Montana in overtime for a 78-73 victory.

Houston pulled away early in the game but led by just six at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Cougars outscored Jacksonville State 62-42 to take the win. They dominated virtually every statistical category, shooting 46 percent from the field making an astounding 40 percent of their three-point shots.

Senior Valerie Muoneke scored 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field in the best game of her college career.

Kelly Nye led Jacksonville State, scoring 17 points on 6 of12 shooting, all but one of her baskets coming from behind the three-point line. Latasha Mathis and Shanika Freeman chipped in 13 and 11 respectively for the Lady Gamecocks. Mathis led the Lady Gamecocks with 11 rebounds.

Freshman guard Shondra Bush drives to the basket.

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Montana out-shot, out-rebounded and turned the ball over fewer times in their first round win over the Lady Cougars. The Lady Griz had four players in double figures, including Simarron Schildt, who came off the bench to put in 10 points in 22 minutes. Cheryl Keller led Montana in scoring with 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting.

Houston recorded a mere four assists for the entire game. Guards Chandi Jones and Shondra Bush provided half of Houston's scoring, as they were forced to create their own shots against the Montana defense. Point guard Courtney Pastner struggled, missing all her shots from the field and recording only one assist in 21 minutes of action.

Jones was named to the All-tournament team after averaging 24.5 points per game and making 19 of her 37 shots in the two games.

The Lady Cougars record is now 7-2 this season. They will next play at Middle Tennessee State on Thursday.

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