Monday, February 19, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 99



Lady Coogs close home with wins

By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff

The Lady Cougars wrapped up their home record at 10-2, 7-1 Conference USA as they snubbed Marquette, 71-52, and DePaul, 70-58, for the final two contests in Hofheinz Pavilion this season.

"It feels great," senior guard Danielle Fenderson said.

Fenderson took the court as one of the starting five for the second time this year and senior Norma Noel started for the first time as a full senior lineup prepared for the tipoff.

Senior forward Moneit Sykes didnit start for the first time this season, but she made up for her early absence.

Sykes played her sixth double-double of the 2000-01 season with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The 5-10 California native shot 75 percent from inside the arc.

It would take more than one Lady Cougar to pull up for the victory on Sunday over DePaul (13-12 overall, 6-8 C-USA), as the Lady Blue Demons took an early lead in the first half. DePaul hit six three-pointers in the first 20 minutes, four coming from Lenae Williams.

UH (17-9, 10-4 C-USA) struggled to get into the game in the first half after an emotional pregame recognition of the teamis six outgoing seniors: Fenderson, Cathy Lida, Norma Noel, ShaRonda Lasseter, Jessica Shanklin and Sykes.

The Lady Cougars didnit hit their first field goal until a basket by Sykes around the 16-minute mark. UH entered the locker room down 37-28.

But Lasseter came out of the locker room with six strong points in the paint as the Lady Coogs overtook DePaul and slowed down Williamsi offensive attack.

"It was a team effort, obviously," head coach Joe Curl said.

Four UH women finished in double-digits: Sykes, Shanklin (18), Lasseter (13) and Lida (10). Williams led the Lady Blue Demons with 26 points, six-for-12 from the three-point range.

Shanklin almost dished her own double-double Friday against Marquette with 16 points and nine assists. UH ran the floor to start the game, holding off the Lady Golden Eagles for a 17-point lead at halftime, which it increased to 24 twice in the second half on three-pointers from Shanklin.

The Lady Cougars slacked on the offense during the last half of the second period, comfortable with a 20-point cushion. Marquette (10-15, 6-8 C-USA) tried to close the gap, tightening the deficit to 15 points in seven minutes on a 14-7 run. UH was shooting 36.7 percent in the second half compared to a 60.7 percentage in the first.

Freshman guard/forward Nicole Oliver made an offensive debut with 13 points along with two steals and a block. Lasseter also had 13 points, followed by Sykes with 11.

Marquetteis Katie OiGrady and Crystal Weaver both hit 11 points for the night. Forward Heidi Bowman was right behind with 10.

The Lady Cougars hit the road to face Texas-Pan Am on Tuesday in Edinburg.

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