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Wednesday, January 26, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 81

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Sykes providing the spark; Huskies hold on 

Women's Hoops

Jesse Lauritz
 

After losing to Tulane on Friday, the Lady Cougars won an important game this past weekend against Southern Mississippi last Sunday.

After trailing by as much as 17 points at one point and 14 at half-time, the Lady Cougars rallied in the second half with their non-stop tenacious defense to win the game 86-76.

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Monet Sykes (23) led UH in scoring when the Cougars defeated Southern Miss by 10 last Sunday. Her totals for the game were 21 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Monet Sykes led the Lady Cougars' with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists and ShaRonda Lasseter had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sykes has been a real spark off the bench and the exceptional play of Nakea Mitchell and Cathy Lida has helped the team's attempt to remain competitive game after game.

The attendance during the week was the highest of the year -- Friday's game broke this year's home-opening attendance and Sunday broke that feat by more than 200 people.

UH is only two games behind front-runner Tulane with a 3-4 conference record.

The Lady Cougars will be on the road against DePaul on Friday and Marquette on Wednesday. UH won't play at home again until Feb. 4 when they take on the Lady Blazers of Alabama-Birmingham at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Player of the Week

Guard Madinah Slaise of Cincinnati was named Conference USA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending January 23 as she averaged 31.5 points, five rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Slaise led the Lady Bearcats to two Conference USA victories during that week and tied a career-high with 35 points when she took control in the 77-69 win over UNC Charlotte.

Against Saint Louis, Slaise scored 28 points and pulled down five rebounds in a close victory over the Lady Billikens, 61-56 on Saturday. 

Top 25 breakdown

Unbeaten Connecticut remained a unanimous choice for No. 1 Monday in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, and Virginia made the Top 25 for the first time this season. 

Another newcomer, Stanford, returned to the poll at No. 24 after being ranked for three weeks early in the season. Virginia was 25th.

The nation's only undefeated team, Connecticut (17-0), has been No. 1 all season-long and received all 45 first place votes this week for the third consecutive time. 

The Lady Huskies were 62 points ahead of Louisiana Tech (13-2), who took the No. 2 spot from Tennessee.

Tennessee (14-3) dropped to fourth after losing to Georgia.

The Lady Bulldogs (19-2) also beat Georgia Tech and Auburn to jump to No. 3 after holding at No. 7 for more than two weeks. At No. 6, Iowa State matched its highest ranking in school history.

The other teams in the Top 10 are Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Duke and UCLA.

A lot of the shakeup occurred because seven games featured matchups with opposing ranked teams.

After starting 4-4, Virginia won 10 games in a row to enter the poll for the first time this year.

Stanford, Kansas and George Washington both dropped from the Top 25 after losses early in the week.
 

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