Monday, November 26, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 65


Buffaloes stampede Lady Cougars

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's basketball team lost to No. 14 Colorado on Saturday in the championship game of the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo.

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Junior forward Angela Curl drives to the basket and lays up a shot against the Texas-San Antonio on November 18.

The Lady Buffaloes led by eight at the half, and ran away with the game in the second period to win 88-58. Houston was simply overmatched
against the Buffaloes' talented and deep squad.

The Lady Cougars shot a dreadful 27.6 percent from the field for the game. In contrast, Colorado shot 46.2 percent as a team. Colorado pulled
down 50 total rebounds to Houston's 48. The Buffaloes also recorded eight blocks as they dominated the Cougars in nearly all the major
statistical categories.

Sophomore Chandi Jones led the Cougars in scoring with 16 points, but made only five of her 22 shot attempts.

Junior Angela Curl and senior Valerie Muoneke each chipped in nine points for the Cougars. Muoneke's play time was limited to just 14 minutes
because of fouls.

Sophomore point guard Courtney Pastener dished out just one assist to four turnovers. Sophomore guard Nicole Oliver, known primarily for her
outstanding defensive play, was the only Cougar to record more than a single assist.

Houston squeaked by the Elis of Yale 61-59 in their first-round showdown. Jones poured in 17 points to lead the Cougars to victory.

The Cougars trailed by two going into halftime, but stepped up their play in the second half. Strong performances from back-court players
including Oliver, freshman Shondra Bush and Jones allowed the Cougars to grab a 53-51 lead with 11:25 left in the game.

Despite being out-rebounded by the Elis 52-42 and shooting just 29.2 percent compared to Yale's 37.7 percent, the Cougars gunned up eleven
more shots than Yale. The Cougars did out-rebound the Elis on the offensive boards 21-20.

Yale turned the ball over 22 times in the game. The Cougars only gave up the ball 10 times and recorded nine steals to Yale's four.

The Cougars proved against Yale that they could win a tight game against an equally talented squad. This win could prove valuable for the
young team's confidence later in the season.

Chandi Jones was named to the All-Tournament team along with Lindsay Austin of Bowling Green, Yale's Meg Simpson and Mandy
Nightingale from Colorado. Colorado's Jenny Roulier was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Houston will look to improve upon its 2-1 record when it faces the Miners of UT-El Paso at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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