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Volume 2, Issue 4                                    University of Houston

Lady Coogs capture third straight with win over UNCC

By Jesse Lauritz
Staff Writer

Although it began the new year with a loss, the University of Houston women's basketball team has taken advantage of the new millennium by winning the last three games.

The Lady Cougars beat Texas-El Paso 68-66 last Tuesday at the Don Haskins Center. 

Junior Nakea Mitchell came off the bench with 11 points in the first half to give the Lady Cougars a 31-30 halftime lead.

The Lady Cougars and UTEP each exchanged seven-point leads, and with less than three minutes to play, Cathy Lida took control.

Lida was all over the floor in the last two minutes as she scored UH's last five points and had two key defensive plays. She finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Mitchell led UH scorers with 19 points, including four three-point baskets and four steals.

The second game took a lot more effort, as the Lady Cougars had to come from behind again to beat Saint Louis. UH held the Lady Billikens to 18 second-half points, while forcing 13 turnovers.


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Danielle Fenderson (32) scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in UH's 57-52 win over Saint Louis at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Lady Cougars improved to 2-1 in Conference USA, 5-8 overall.

With four seconds remaining, Monet Sykes hit a 10-foot jumper to put Houston ahead 53-51. USL guard Many Lueking drew a two-shot foul with less than a second remaining in the game.

Lueking, the Lady Billikens leading free-throw shooter, hit the first free throw and missed the second, giving UH its one-point victory.

Lida led all players with a career-high 21 points. Sykes added seven points and seven rebounds in only 15 minutes of play.

On Sunday, the Lady Cougars won back-to-back Conference USA games for the first time in two years when they beat UNC-Charlotte 57-52 at Hofheinz Pavilion.

UH led 25-21 at halftime and had an 11-point lead in the second half, but saw it dwindle down to five points on two different occasions.

UH guard Jessica Shanklin came off the bench to lead the Lady Cougars in scoring with a career high 13 points in just 22 minutes of play. ShaRonda Lasseter added 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while two other Lady Cougars scored in double digits.

The win gives UH a three-game winning streak and four wins in their last five games. The Lady Cougars improved their record to 5-8 overall and 2-1 in C-USA play.

The Lady Cougars are now in sole possession of second place in the National Division of C-USA.

UH's next game is against UAB on Thursday, Jan. 13 and the next home game is against Tulane on Jan. 21.

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