Lady Miners panning for
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH women's basketball team will take
on the UT-El Paso Miners tonight at 7 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion.
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Senior center Valerie Muoneke
puts up a jump shot against Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 18 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston comes into the game sporting a
2-1 record for the season after falling to No.14 ranked Colorado in the
championship game of the Coors
Classic in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday.
The Lady Cougars should be looking for
some redemption after the Buffaloes blew them out, 88-58. Colorado has
five wins and just a single loss this
year and currently ranks No. 11 in the
nation among Division I-A schools.
UTEP's record fell to 0-3 after dropping
games against New Mexico, UT-Pan American and Southwest Texas State by
an average of 27.7 points.
Junior Kimya Murray leads the Miners in
scoring at 12.7 points per game, in steals at 2.3 per game and in minutes
played at 34.7 per game. The 5-6
point guard from Chicago also leads UTEP
in turnovers at 3.3 per game while averaging just three assists per contest.
Sophomore Chandi Jones leads the Lady Cougars
in scoring this season with an average of 14.7 points per game.
That's well below the smooth guard's average
from last season, when Jones poured in 21.5 per game for the Cougars. Jones
led all freshmen in
scoring and ranked ninth in the nation
in points per game during the 2000-01 season.
The decline in her points per game might
be the result of increased contributions from younger players, especially
freshman guard Shondra Bush and
sophomore forward Nicole Oliver.
Bush, the freshman whiz from Crosby, scored
19 points last week against UT-San Antonio, while Oliver dropped in eight
points against Colorado and
has seen a steady increase in her playing
time this season.
The Lady Cougars are looking to improve
their post play to take pressure off the guards, who have thus far been
forced to take the lion's share of the
The Lady Cougars are looking to rack up
some early season wins before they begin Conference USA play.
Friday, Houston heads to Evanston, Ill.,
to participate in the Northwestern Tournament. Houston's opening-round
match is against LaSalle University.