Lady Coogs battle division
By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff
The Lady Cougars begin a two-week home
stand tonight against Conference USA and National Division rival Southern
Miss. at 7 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion. The competition this weekend will
be tough, as UH also faces division leader Tulane on Sunday.
Houston ended its two-game road trip with
two conference losses in its first competition without freshman guard Chandi
Jones this season. The team dropped a 70-58 decision to Charlotte with
18 missed free throws, and was out-rebounded 46-34, in a four-point loss
to Saint Louis.
Road games are always a test, and the Lady
Cougars didnit break during the trying weekend. They returned to practice
on Tuesday with a determination and a visible hunger to show the conference
and the Associated Press pollsters that they arenit out of contention.
Senior forward Moneit Sykes
and the Lady Cougar hoopsters look to reclaim their rule over the National
Division this weekend.
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Senior guard Jessica Shanklin stepped up
big for the Lady Coogs after Jones tore her ACL in the first half of the
71-67 UH victory over UAB. Shanklin had six assists with 14 points, including
a back-breaking three-pointer, which sealed the win for the team.
Both senior forward Moneit Sykes and Shanklin
contributed heavily on the Lady Cougar offense. Sykes put in her fifth
double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and a career-high 25 points in UHis
two losses. Shanklin had two consecutive 20-point games.
Senior guard/forward Cathy Lida made her
mark on the court, putting in double digits over the weekend. Freshman
guard Nicole Oliveris defense contributed to a nine-point turnover advantage
for UH against Saint Louis on Sunday.
Southern Miss pulled out a win over Marquette
on Sunday, ending its two-game losing streak. Angela Johnson averaged 10
points and nine rebounds for the weekend and is only 12 points away from
1,000 in her collegiate career.
The Lady Golden Eagles fell to UH on Jan.
12 in Hattiesburg, Miss., 66-56. Sykes hit 19 points behind Jonesi 24 in
the win, while USMis Jessica Woods hit 16. Johnson had 10 points.
DePaul defeated Tulane on Sunday, holding
the Lady Green Wave to only a half-game lead over UH going into competition
this weekend. All-American candidate Janell Burse of Tulane hit 23 points
and nine rebounds while fighting the stomach flu in her teamis loss.
Burse has put up nine double-doubles with
at least 20 points, including two with more than 30. Her 36-point, 15-rebound
performance was against UH at Tulane. The Lady Cougars took the game in
overtime, 90-80. UH hit a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line in
Tipoff against Tulane is at 2 p.m. Sunday