Jones expected back for game against Southwestern Louisiana

Women's Hoops

Rohith Nandagiri

The Conference USA women's basketball teams have started off their seasons hot. Heading into Tuesday's action, only two teams were below .500.

Conference play starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday when the South Florida Bulls come into Hofheinz Pavilion to battle UH. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

UH forward Jennifer Jones should be back into the lineup on Monday after missing the previous two games with a cartilage tear in her right knee. Both games resulted in losses.

The Cougars started the season strong, beating No. 25 LSU and destroying Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Cougars will need Jones to return and play well if they intend to be competitive in C-USA.

C-USA Player of the Week

Tamika Whitmore, Memphis

The junior center posted three double-doubles as her Memphis Lady Tigers won two out of three games. She led UM to the championship of the Lady Tiger Classic and was named Most Valuable Player after scoring 24 points and collecting 10 rebounds in both wins. In the loss against Mississippi State, she scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds. She also had nine blocks last week.

Conference Notes

Cincinnati (2-0) senior guard Jolinda Lewis scored 20 points to lead the Bearcats over Middle Tennessee State.

DePaul (2-1) senior forward Mfon Udoka was named to the Moran's Reality Classic's All-Tournament team last week. She averaged 22.5 points a game and 10.5 rebounds in two games as the Lady Blue Demons lost the championship game. They are receiving votes in both top 25 polls.

DePaul head coach Doug Bruno said, "We played well against our first two opponents, but we let our guard down against North Carolina State in the championship game."

Louisville is a 2-2 after losing to two ranked opponents.

They lost to, then No. 16, Western Kentucky 89-73 and got massacred by No. 3 Old Dominion 77-39.

Marquette, which was picked to win the C-USA American Division, is getting great play inside. MU is 3-1 with its two forwards, Abbie Willenborg and Lisa Oldenburg combining for 53 points and 25 rebounds.

No. 21 Tulane (4-1) defeated LSU on Nov. 29. Tulane is holding its opponents to 35 percent shooting and out-rebounding the opposition by 11 a game.

Southern Mississippi (3-1) won its ninth Lady Eagle Classic tournament after beating Jacksonville St., Northeastern Illinois and Mercer. Not a big feat, however, considering the weak caliber of opponents competing in the tourney.

The Lady Golden Eagles play No. 18 Auburn on Friday. Southern Miss head coach Kay James said she believes a win over a ranked opponent could be a springboard for her team. "Auburn is very talented and strong, so if we do beat them it would definitely be a confidence booster for us. Also, anytime you beat a ranked team it is good for your conference as a whole," James said.

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