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Volume 9, Issue 1                                    University of Houston

Women’s basketball looks to change fortunes
at Troy Classic


By JONG LEE
Breaking News

    The Cougar women's basketball team (1-6, 0-1 Conference USA) will head to Los Angeles to compete in the Troy Classic. It will play Prairie View A&M at 5 p.m. Friday and the University of Southern California at 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Prairie View A&M has changed its team significantly since last year, head coach Joe Curl said.

    “They are going to be a totally different team, and from what I understand, they have a lot of different kids on their roster (who were) not there a year ago,” he said. “They may be a little young, but so are we. I expect us to play as well as we can play to get a win out there.”

    Curl said USC has also improved its team dramatically.

    "I know (Coach Mark Trakh) very well. (He) came over from Pepperdine a couple years ago and has turned them back into a winner," Curl said. "They have competed for the Pac-10 title with Stanford and UCLA, and I know that they will be very tough.”

    The Cougars are coming off their first win of the season against California State University-Bakersfield Dec. 6. Houston started the season with six losses.

    “We never showed a lack of hustle, and we were playing hard,” Curl said. “But I think it may have rattled our confidence a little bit.”

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