Friday, January 25, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 79


Cougars prowling for East Coast victories

Brad Sebastian
Daily Cougar Staff

The Lady Cougars (12-5, 2-2 in Conference USA) hope to keep their winning ways on track Friday night when they take on East Carolina
(3-13, 1-3 C-USA) in Greenville, N.C.

The Cougars, winners of their last three games, are led by Conference USA co-player of the week Chandi Jones.

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Sophomore Chandi Jones was recently named Conference USA Player of the Week for the third time in her career. Jones is leading the
Cougars in scoring this season.

Jones received the honor for the third time in her career and the second time this season after averaging 21.3 points and 6.0 rebounds
over the last three games.

If Jones and her teammates are peaking, their timing couldn't be better. The remainder of their schedule has only conference opponents
and there isn't another contest at Hofheinz until Feb. 8. Between now and then, there are four straight road games, the longest such
streak of the season.

However, East Carolina may be a comfortable start for head coach Joe Curl on this road trip. The Pirates are extremely young, carrying
no seniors and only one junior on their roster.

Coming off a tough loss at rival Charlotte on Sunday, the Pirates have had limited success thus far this season.

Although ECU looks to have a bright future on paper, the Cougars would seem to have the edge come Friday night. The key to stopping the
Pirates could be containing speedy Ayana Williams.

The 5-6 freshman point guard poured in 10 points and pulled down six boards in Sunday's loss. Beyond that, taking advantage of ECU's
inexperience and playing mistake-free basketball will be the keys for the Cougars.

After Friday's game, the Cougars will travel to Charlotte to face the 49ers (9-8, 1-3 C-USA) at Dale F. Halton Arena, where the 49ers
recently drew the largest crowd for women's basketball in school history.

The 49ers, like the Cougars, seem to be picking up steam at just the right time. They have won five of their last six games, and first-year
head coach Katie Meier has the Charlotte program headed in the right direction.

The Cougars will have to contend with talented junior forward Alicia Abernathy and a stingy 49er defense to gain a victory.

Abernathy has four double-doubles on the season, including a 14-point, 13-rebound performance Sunday. 

Following the East Coast swing, the Cougars will have a few days off before heading to Birmingham, Ala., for a match-up with UAB on

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