Thursday, February 7, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 88



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 home stand.

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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 champion
Louisville, but has lost four of its last five games. 

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.

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