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Wednesday, August 23, 2000
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Volume 66, Issue 3 

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Courtney Pastner, 1999 Texas 5-A Player of the Year, has joined the UH women's basketball team, transferring from Texas Tech University.

The NCAA dictates that any player transferring schools has to sit out an entire year. Pastner will still have three years of eligibility left when she becomes an active member of the Lady Cougars.

Pastner averaged 23.2 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game and shot 47 percent from three-point range during her senior year at Kingwood High School. She also nailed 92 percent of her free throws.

Pastner's past awards also include being named the 1999 All-Greater Houston Player of Year, the 1999 Texas Girls Coaches Association Player of the Year and the 1999 Texas 5A Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

While at Texas Tech during the 1999-2000 season, the 5-5 guard scored a season-high six points, playing in 18 total games 

Head coach Joe Curl said he was excited about having Pastner on the team, even if he would have to wait another year.

"She is a tremendous athlete who possesses an outstanding work-ethic and a true passion for basketball," Curl said. "Courtney is well skilled, both offensively and defensively and brings a great deal of leadership and maturity to the table."

Pastner joins Texas 4A Player of the Year Chandi Jones, Valerie Muoneke and Nicole Oliver on Curl's new recruit list.

In other women's basketball news, former Lady Cougar DeJuena Carter Chizer joined the coaching staff last week.

Carter Chizer served as head volleyball coach for nine years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur.

The new assistant coach also played professional basketball in Europe from '88 to '91, and played for the semi-professional Houston Flames during the same period.

Curl was looking forward to having Carter Chizer, who was named to the '86-'87 All-Southwest Conference First Team, return to UH as part of the coaching staff.

"She will be a great asset as she possesses an outstanding work-ethic and a true passion for basketball," Curl said. "In addition, DeJuena was a former Lady Cougar and brings a great deal of Houston tradition and leadership to the table."

The Lady Cougars begin the 2000-01 season at Hofheinz Pavilion, Nov. 17 against McNeese State. UH will be playing at least 10 teams that played in the postseason last year, facing seven that participated in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
 

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