Lady Cougars return home
By Brad Sebastian
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH women's basketball team (15-6, 5-3
in Conference USA) finally returns to Hofheinz this weekend for a two-game
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Sophomore Nicole Oliver hustles
for a loose ball. Oliver's defensive prowess has been a huge part of the
Cougars' success this season.
The games come on the heels of a four-game
road trip that saw the Cougars go 3-1. It is vital that the Cougars take
advantage of their home
court from now until the end of the season.
Of Houston's last six games, four are at home.
On Friday night, Tulane (16-8, 4-5 C-USA)
comes to town. The Green Wave is coming off a victory over defending C-USA
Louisville, but has lost four of its last
The Cougars will have to play tough in
the paint to contend with Tulane's powerful inside game. Green Wave juniors
Gwen Slaughter and
Teana McKiver are among the conference's
most devastating post players. Last season, they both finished in the top
three in the conference
in blocked shots.
On Sunday, Southern Mississippi (10-12,
3-6 C-USA) comes in for an afternoon contest at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars should feel fortunate to be
facing the Golden Eagles at home. Southern Mississippi has been one of
the worst road teams in
C-USA this season. It is an impressive
10-2 at home, but just 1-10 on the road. The Cougars will hope to keep
that trend going on Sunday.
The Cougars shouldn't let that dubious
road record fool them, though. The Golden Eagles are a dangerous young
team with a quick
backcourt and plenty of talent.
Contending with junior guard LaTasha Summerall
will be a key to victory for the Cougars. Summerall is a versatile, phenomenal
athlete and a
threat every time she has the ball.
"She can shoot the three, she can score
off the dribble and she can penetrate to score," Southern Mississippi head
coach Rick Reeves said.
When the Cougars aren't defending Summerall,
they will have their hands full with two of the tallest players in C-USA
in 6-5 Sonja Brown and
6-7 Courtney Todero. Brown is the team
leader in rebounds, averaging 8.6 boards per game.
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.