by Adam Burns
and Angela SnyderDaily Cougar Staff
The path through Baylor leads to Brian Skinner.
The 6-10, 240-pound sophomore center for the Bears (6-9, 1-3 in the Southwest Conference) leads the team in points (15.6 per game), rebounds (8.3), blocks (3.6) and shooting percentage (62.7).
But the Cougars (9-7, 4-1 in the SWC) can answer with a lot Moore -- SWC Player of the Week Tim Moore (17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game).
Baylor assistant coach Larry Brown said he could only think of one way to contain Moore.
"Break his leg," he said. "We're not going to stop him; he's going to get his (point production)."
Houston has also shown an ability to come back from large deficits, as it did when the Cougars were down 37-23 at halftime to Texas A&M Wednesday night. "Whenever they get challenged, they step up," Houston head coach Alvin Brooks said about his team's resiliency.
The Lady Cougars (9-8, 2-3 in the SWC) will attempt to stop their two-game losing streak Saturday in Hofheinz Pavilion (7 p.m.) when they play Baylor's Lady Bears (9-11, 1-4).
Baylor's inconsistent record this season probably stems from the fact that there are no seniors on the team, and only three juniors: forward Tonia Harris (13.6 points per game), post Angie Wilson (46.4 shooting percentage) and guard Halley Bradley (17.8 minutes per game); freshmen make up 40 percent of Baylor's roster.
"There is an advantage (to playing with a young team)," said Houston coach Jessie Kenlaw. "They're learning how to play together and develop team chemistry that they know they'll be able to have next year."
In order for the Cougars to have any chance of putting Baylor away, forward Pat Luckey must recover from her shooting slump. Luckey has shot just 22.9 percent (11-for-48) in UH's mini skid.
"I have little injuries that are keeping me from playing up to my potential," Luckey said.