Friday, March 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 14



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

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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 Tournament.

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 Final Four.

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 player this
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

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