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Volume 6, Issue 1                                    University of Houston

Lady Cougars hope Mean Green isn't the Grinch

By Christian Schmidt

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A 5-0 start to the season had the Lady Cougars flying high. Two consecutive losses have brought the team back to earth. Houston (5-2) will face North Texas (3-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in Denton with a chance to get back on the right track.

The Lady Cougars began the season with five wins against non-ranked teams before running into top-10 powers Georgia and Purdue. The Lady Bulldogs beat Houston 65-52 in decisive fashion. The Lady Cougars had a chance to beat Purdue but fell 66-63 to the Lady Boilermakers in a game that went down to the wire.

Junior forward Sancho Lyttle, a junior college transfer, has become a dependable scorer and rebounder for the Lady Cougars and is always a threat for a double-double.
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Houston's Chandi Jones is off to a strong start this season, though most of her statistics are down from a year ago, when she was forced to provide more offensive punch for a team that lacked significant post presence.

Jones is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, averaging 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Assisting Jones at this early stage of the season has been junior forward Sancho Lyttle, who joined the team this season from Clarendon Junior College. Lyttle is averaging 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and shooting a team-high 56.3 percent from the field.

The North Texas Mean Green is coming off a 91-50 loss to Texas on Sunday that knocked the team below .500 for the first time this season.

North Texas has a deep team with nine players averaging at least 10 minutes per game. Junior guard Jill Medlock leads the team with 12.7 points per game, and senior guard Kim Blanton (12.3) and sophomore forward Jamie Armstrong (10.0) are also averaging double-digit points.

A win over North Texas should set the stage for a strong showing in the Lady Cougars' longest road trip of the season, a stretch of four games from Friday until Jan. 5.

The Cougars are starting to get some national recognition. In the latest ESPN/USA Today poll, Houston received 28 votes, putting the team seventh among teams receiving votes that did not make the top 25.

Houston does not have another home game until Jan. 7 when the Lady Cougars face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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