Tuesday, November 27, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 66


Lady Miners panning for a win

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
offensive load.

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.

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