|Wednesday, January 20, 1999||
Volume 64, Issue 75
Top 25 Notebook
|Road woes continue for Lady Cougar squad
By D. Ryan Monceaux
Lady Cougar head coach Joe Curl is making ripples in his first year, and their impact has already been far-reaching. Later this week, Lady Cougar fan John W. Rickett will make the single largest donation in UH women's basketball history.
Rickett is not an alumnus of Houston but says Joe Curl's leadership is the reason he is making the sizable donation. The amount, which is not being made public until halftime of the UH-DePaul game Saturday, is one of the largest made to any of UH's non-revenue sports. The game is being carried on Fox Sports Net around the nation.
Recapping the winter break
While most of us were celebrating the holiday of our choice (I chose Canadian Boxing Day), the Lady Cougars continued grinding out through the 1998-99 season.
After a 13-day break for finals, UH took to the road for a three-game trip. The Lady Cougars, in a theme that would recur through many games later in the break, went on an eight-minute scoreless streak in the first half to give New Mexico an early 25-8 lead en route to a 77-61 Lady Lobos victory.
Three days after Christmas (only two days after Boxing Day), the Lady Cougars returned to action to face nationally-ranked Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Houston shot only 29 percent for the game and were subsequently blown out by the Jayhawks 79-54.
For the eleventh game of the season, UH traveled to the Super Pit in Denton to face North Texas. The Lady Cougars held a three-point lead with 37 seconds left, 64-61, but a three-point play by the Lady Eagles followed by a free throw at 2.5 seconds sealed the come-from-behind victory for UNT.
Houston finally got a home game in Hofheinz, a C-USA match-up with Southern Miss on New Year's day. Chiara Combs scored seven points in the final minute of the game, including the winning basket, shot with 13 seconds left in play, to lift UH's conference record to 1-1.
Houston trailed 35-25 at the half but outscored USM 51-39 in the second half to mark UH's first time to win after trailing at the half in this season.
Tulane was too much for the Lady Cougars Jan. 3 as the Green Wave handed Houston an 82-62 defeat after UH led by as much as seven points in the second half. Houston shot a season-low 15 percent from the field in the final period.
Houston traveled to Louisville the next week, keeping pace with the Lady Cardinals before falling in the second half. The final was 85-69 in favor of UL, after the two squads battled to a 40-40 tie at the half.
Angela Curl scored a then-career-high 20 points in the losing effort.
Houston battled UC into overtime before faltering, losing the game 93-87. UH shot 70 percent in the second half to erase a nine point haftime deficit. ShaRonda Lasseter missed four free throws in the final 16 seconds of regulation and UC's Madinah Slaise hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into the extra period.
Last weekend, Houston traveled to UAB and Memphis to play two more conference games, and like the rest of the season on the road, did not come back with positive results.
UAB slaughtered UH in the second half 47-28 as Houston's Rosalind Carter faced her sister, UAB's Denise, for the first time in her college career. Rosalind scored a career-high 14 points, but sister Denise had a school-record five blocks as her team won the war, 86-66.
The Memphis Lady Tigers were too much for the Cougars as C-USA Player
of the Year Tamika Whitmore scored 26 points to lead UM past UH, final
score 75-65. ShaRonda Lasseter converted on her seventh double-double of
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