Monday, March 18, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 110


 
 









 
 

Lady Cougars win game two of WNIT

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

Head coach Joe Curl's team just refuses to give up.



Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore Chandi Jones led the Lady Cougars to victory in the second round of the WNIT with 22 points.

The Houston women's basketball team advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament on the heels of a second-round
victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night.

The Lady Cougars defeated the Hurricanes 83-76 in a game that was close virtually the whole way.

The win extends Houston's record to 24-7 this season, which is the best winning percentage for a season in the program's history, and the second
highest win total in school history.

A lay-up by Miami junior Meghan Saake pulled the Hurricanes to within three at 75-72 with 1:20 remaining in the game. Sophomore Chandi Jones
responded by hitting a long jump shot with 44 seconds to go, putting the Lady Cougars back up by five.

A Houston foul sent Miami senior Sheila James to the free-throw line, where she calmly stroked two shots, again pulling the Hurricanes to within three
at 77-74.

On the ensuing possession, freshman Shondra Bush missed a three-pointer, but fellow freshman Kiki Harris was in position to snatch the offensive
rebound and was then fouled by Miami.

Harris, who had hit only three of her first six attempts from the line, sank both buckets, giving Houston a 79-74 lead over Miami.

Senior Kathryn Fowler, who had six points on the day, scored a bucket for the Hurricanes with just four seconds remaining, making the score 79-76.

Cougar senior Valerie Muoneke was fouled and hit both free-throws with three seconds to go.

With just six-tenths of a second to go, Harris was once again fouled and hit both of her free-throws, putting the Lady Cougars up by seven and making
the final score 83-76 Houston.

"What I was real proud of was the play of our posts, especially our young posts," Curl said. "(Kiki Harris) went from not having a real good half, playing
a little tentative, a little soft, to playing like a 'wom-ster' half woman, half monster."

Miami's entire team was larger than Houston's in both height and size. The Lady Cougars were forced to use their quickness and relied heavily on
outside shooting to carry them through a rough game.

Only three fouls were called in the entire first half as officials let the women play. The referees clamped down in the second half, calling 25 fouls
between the two teams.

Jones, who was named Conference USA Player of the Year, led Houston with 22 points and added seven assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes of
play.

"I was just trying to score or pass off for the assist," Jones said.

The hero of the night, though, was Muoneke. The 6-2 forward used her muscle down low and bullied the big Hurricane frontline.

Muoneke scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added 14 rebounds to make it a double-double.

Shondra Bush added 20 points and four assists off the bench for the Cougars, going 5-of-7 on her three-point shots.

Houston advances to the third round of the WNIT to face Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Ind., on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Should the Lady Cougars win, they will proceed to face the winner of Virginia Tech and Vermont. That contest will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
 

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