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Tuesday, December 7, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 74

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Lady Cougars travel to Austin for tough contest against the Longhorns

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff 

Life doesn't get any easier for the UH women's basketball team as head coach Joe Curl's women take on legendary Texas coach Judy Conradt's team in Austin today in yet another learning experience for the Lady Cougars.

After a weekend of back-to-back losses to undefeated North Texas and the No. 2 Georgia Lady Bulldogs, venturing into Longhorn country will very likely make Curl's prediction of a 1-6 start into a reality.

Conradt has been the Texas women's coach for 24 years, and has compiled the most wins on record in collegiate basketball history. Her 725-222 record is light years ahead of her nearest competition.

The Texas coach was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998 and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Curl's approach to building a team closely resembles Conradt's philosophy: play the best and you'll become the best.

Texas, led by pre season All American senior Edwina Brown, plays a minimum of nine NCAA playoff teams this season and four squads that made it to the 1998 "Elite Eight" in the NCAA tournament.

Brown leads the Longhorn attack in scoring and leadership.

The senior guard was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Nov. 29, and is one of the 10 women athletes nominated for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award.

This meeting between the Lady Longhorns and the Lady Cougars is simply another step up the ladder, win or lose, for the Lady Cougars.

The difference between winning and losing in college basketball is razor thin. 

Curl's mission is to mold these women into a cohesive unit. He's attempting to find the formula that will allow these talented players to develop into a dominating squad.

It's painful for the player, and tough on the fans, but playing the best is exactly what will make these athletes reach their awesome potential.

When the Lady Cougars jell, their exciting play is going to start producing wins. 

Until then, it's another round of experimentation for Curl. Texas is a tough laboratory, but it's all part of the process to bring championship basketball back to Houston.

The Lady Cougars will be off until after Christmas when they participate in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29. Houston will play Louisiana Tech in the first round. Louisiana-Monroe and Akron University will also be at the tournament in Rustin, La.
 

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