|Wednesday, February 2, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 86
No.1 Cincinnatti strolls in tonight
|Curl glad to play
By Nicole Jansen
Angela Curl has grown up around basketball her whole life and wouldn't have it any other way. But she had never been coached directly by her father, UH women's basketball coach Joe Curl, until her freshman year in college.
"I've been around basketball all my life since my dad was a coach," she said. "He never pressured me. He always said, ‘If you don't want to play, don't play,' but it was always something I wanted to do."
Angela Curl (33) was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team for the 1998-99 season. The 6-17 Lady Cougars next face Cincinnati on Friday night at UH.
Curl spent her high school athletic career in Brenham, where she lettered in basketball and averaged 20 points per game. She was named Newcomer of the Year and first team All-District, and she averaged 10 rebounds per game. The sophomore graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Curl originally signed with the University of Missouri, but when the coach who had recruited her retired, she decided to become a Cougar.
"I've always wanted to play for my dad; it's something I've always dreamed of doing. He's the main reason I came here," she said.
As a freshman, Curl was an offensive powerhouse, shooting 45.9 percent of the UH three-pointers last season and placing third on the UH single-season list for dropping in 57 three-pointers. She was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
"I like to shoot the basketball, so (being on) offense is my favorite, but I realize that defense wins the game" she said.
The sophomore has also taken part in a new online notebook this season in which she writes about the team and her own personal experiences.
"I like it a lot. My family from up North can read it because they know exactly what's going on every week."
In addition to the notebook, Curl has been involved as a mentor at Cullen and Ryan Middle Schools.
"A big part of our program is the community service and outreach-type stuff," she said. "All the kids cheer in the stands, whether we're winning or losing. It's fun because you know you're going to be a big part of their life."
UH has a disappointing record of 6-17 this year despite winning its first two exhibition games. According to Curl, things might start to look up.
"I think that we're trying hard to do everything we can to win. It's a mental thing," she said. "We have times where we play great defense, but then because of a lack of concentration, there are times that we can improve on it.
"If we could get it together all the time we could be so much better. That's our problem. If we could stay consistent, we'd be doing so much better," Curl said.
The future of women's basketball at UH has much to look forward to with recruits like Chandi Jones and Nicole Oliver.
"Both of them are great players," Curl said. "I know both of them will come in and impact our team dramatically their freshman year."
Curl has decided on a sports administration major with a minor in marketing.
"I'm only a sophomore, so I'll have time to really figure out what I
want to do. I think it rounds out areas in something that I want to do.
I want to stay involved in sports any way I can."
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