Islanders out to sea
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH women's basketball team dominated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi,
beating the Islanders 78-50 on Wednesday night.
The Cougars jumped out to an 11-0 lead early in the game and never looked
Shondra Bush led all players in the game with 18 points. Bush played
32 minutes, more than any other Cougar, despite not starting. Bush and
sophomore Chandi Jones split time at the point guard position with starter
Courtney Pastner away from the team.
Four Cougars scored in double figures, with Chandi Jones getting 14
to go with her nine rebounds and a team-high four assists. Senior center
Valerie Muoneke got nine boards, six of them offensive, and 10 points on
"We have a lot of speed on the floor (with Bush and Jones)," Bush said.
"Even when Courtney (Pastner) was here, we switched in and out a lot."
UH senior center Valerie Muoneke puts up a shot as freshman
forward Kiki Harris looks on.
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Senior center Rosalind Carter started the game, her first start of the
"Rosalind Carter has paid the price here," head coach Joe Curl said.
"She brought her leadership, had team meetings with the kids this week."
Depth, once a strength for the Cougars, has dwindled rapidly. For the
past two games, Houston has suited up just 10 players. Pastner and backup
forward Nakia Holmes both recently left the team on medical leave. Holmes
has a very serious back injury.
"Losing Courtney (Pastner) was a big blow to us," Curl said. "Our hearts
are with her. Nakia Holmes will probably be down for her career."
Two of the players still on the roster, senior center Rosalind Carter
and freshman guard Sara Hinkley, are averaging considerably less than 10
minutes a game.
The Islanders were led by ShaKayla Hawkins, who had 11 points in the
contest. Forward Kendra Smith dished out seven assists for A&M-Corpus
With this game done, the Cougars will look ahead to a two-game home
stand this weekend. The game was the last non-conference matchup of the
season for the Cougars. From here on out, Houston will play Conference
"I hope it's just an absolute war (this weekend)," Curl said. "We're
going to have to take the intensity up 10 notches."
The Cougars have a busy weekend coming up as they take on Louisville
at at 7 p.m. Friday night and Cincinnati at 2 p.m. Sunday in two huge C-USA
battles. Both games will be held at Hofheinz Pavilion.