Thursday, January 17, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 74


 
 









 

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 back.

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 the night.

"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 year.

"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 Christi.

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 USA opponents.

"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.
 
 

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