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Volume 8, Issue 3                                    University of Houston

New Years Resolution/Lady Cougars begin 2006 with two-game win streak 

By Arica Jefferson
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The UH women's basketball team started off the new year with a different look from 2005, opening 2006 with back-to-back wins over Central Florida, 64-50, Friday and Southern Miss., 92-58, Sunday to begin Conference USA play.

In Friday's game, freshman guard Sha'Ratta Hawkins made her presence felt with her first career double-double. She finished the game with 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tye Jackson dished up 11 assists, and freshman guard Nakazi Glover added 11 points and seven boards to the pot. 

First half runs in both games gave UH enough momentum to catch a lead and sustain it for the remainder of the contest. It was a 10-2 run that gave the Lady Cougars the lead over the Golden Knights (2-12). The ladies forced UCF to commit 22 turnovers, which were converted into 22 UH points.

Nakazi Glover posted 21 points and nine rebounds in Houston's win over Southern Miss. She will attempt to repeat that performance when facing East Carolina on Friday. 

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In Sunday's game, a 14-0 run took the Lady Cougars past the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. UH had a season-best shooting performance with 54.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line and 73.1 percent from the stripe. Glover played a large part in the win posting one of her career-best perfomance with season high 21 points and nine rebounds. 

The ladies led by as many as 43 with 6:54 left in the game, then cruised to a 34-point win. It was first game in which UH scored more than 80 points this season. Senior forward Emily Fryters also had a career-best game with 12 points, and Jackson came close to recording a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in Houston's 92-58 blowout.

The Lady Cougars have a pair of games before the spring semester starts. They will travel to Greenville, N.C., to take on East Carolina University (10-4) Friday and then return home to face crosstown rival Rice (6-7) at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday at 4 pm. This is the first meeting of the teams as conference opponents. Both games can be seen on ESPN2.

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