Lady Cougars forge on
to WNIT Final Four
By Brad Sebastian
Daily Cougar Staff
At the end of the regular season, UH women's
basketball head coach Joe Curl figured his team had done enough to earn
a berth in the NCAA
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily
Junior forward Angela Curl
scored 18 points in the Cougars' victory over Valparaiso, including 5-of-6
from the three-point range.
The Lady Cougars were bypassed by the
NCAA selection committee, but were invited to the Women's National Invitation
Many looked at the Cougars' situation and
saw a snub — but Curl saw an opportunity.
"We've just got to keep fighting and scraping
and proving ourselves on the court," Curl said. "(We) don't expect anyone
to give us anything."
Obviously, the Cougars paid attention to
their coach's advice. They have fought and scraped their way to the WNIT
The Cougars (25-7) used victories over
Rice, Miami and Valparaiso to get here.
The Lady Cougars will play at Virginia
Tech (21-10) on Saturday.
Virginia Tech is a very tough home team.
The Hokies are 15-1 at Cassell Coliseum this season. Their only home loss
came against No. 1
The Cougars should expect a very hostile
environment Saturday night. In their win over Vermont on Wednesday, the
Hokies packed in 2,884
On the court, the Hokies are led by sophomore
Ieva Kubina. The 6-4 player was named the Big East Conference's most improved
season. Kubina ranked fourth in the conference
in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage.
The Hokies recently got a lift from senior
Sarah Hicks. In her team's win over Vermont in the quarterfinals, Hicks
scored 22 points, including four
three-pointers. Hicks had averaged 12
points per game this season.
If the Cougars win Saturday, they will
face the winner of the Michigan State/Oregon semifinal. The final will
be Wednesday, March 27.
With 25 wins on the season, the Cougars
are just one victory shy of matching the school record for victories in
a season set during the 1977-78