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Monday, November 29, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 68

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Lady Cougars fall to 0-3, prepare for UNM tonight

By Jesse Lauritz
Daily Cougar Sports

The UH women's basketball team is looking to bounce back after a hard-fought and disappointing week.

The Lady Cougars dropped their last two games to bring their overall record to 0-3. However, their effort was valiant as they lost the two games by a combined total of five points, including a heartbreaker in overtime.

The overtime game came against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns were down late 65-59, but rallied to tie the game at 66.

In overtime, Louisiana-Lafayette outscored UH 8-4, giving the Lady Cougars their second loss of the season. Junior forward Cathy Lida led all players with 19 points, including four three-pointers. Nakea Mitchell also scored 15 points off the bench and pulled down five rebounds for the Lady Cougars.

Cathy Lida

Against the McNeese State Cowgirls the Lady Cougars once again gave the crowd an exciting game as it went down to the wire, ending in a 67-66 MSU win.

Jessica Shanklin sank a three-pointer to bring the Lady Cougars within one, but with the next play, McNeese State inbounded the ball and let time expire to win the game.

Mitchell led all Lady Cougars with 13 points and Lida added 11 points. Lida has been the Lady Cougars' perennial threat and continues to be impressive in the early going. UH also showed great ball movement, as it had four players score in double figures.

The Lady Cougars will play again tonight at Hofheinz Pavilion against New Mexico. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

The all-time series is tied at one game a piece. The last time New Mexico beat UH was last year at The Pit, 77-61. The Pit should be familiar to UH fans as it was the site where North Carolina State upset UH men's team led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Reid Gettys and Michael Young in the 1983 NCAA National Championship game.

New Mexico is coming off a loss to No. 24 Arizona 74-63, after receiving two votes in the Associated Press Poll and being ranked No. 40.

The Lady Cougars will look to contain Miranda Sanchez. Sanchez is the Lady Lobos' leading scorer, averaging 15.6 points per game. The 6-1 junior forward also averages four rebounds and shoots better than .500 beyond the three point arch.

The Lady Cougars will have their paws full. The Lady Lobos are 2-1.
 

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