Tuesday, February 19, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 96


Cougars grab wins

By Brad Sebastian

Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's basketball team (19-6, 9-3 in Conference USA) continued its winning over the weekend with two victories at Memphis (11-14, 5-7 C-USA) and Saint
Louis (11-13, 4-7 C-USA).

All-American candidate Chandi Jones led the way with two dominating performances, scoring 72 points in the two games.

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With two dominating performances over the weekend, Chandi Jones must be hoping to become Ms. All-American for the UH women's basketball team.

On Sunday, the Cougars jumped out to a 15-4 lead and never trailed as they cruised to an 84-70 win.

The Lady Tigers made several runs, once shaving the Cougars' lead to one point. However, the Cougars had an answer to each of Memphis' threats.

After taking a 47-29 halftime lead, it looked as if the Cougars would make it a blowout. However, Memphis opened the second half with a 10-0 run.

Junior Angela Curl hit a jumper with 15:51 remaining to end Memphis' rally, but the Tigers continued to chip away and pulled within five points.

That was as close as the Tigers would get. Sparked by standout second-half performances from Jones and freshman Crystal Simpson, the Cougars took control.

Simpson had her best game of the season, scoring a career-high 10 points on a perfect 4-4 from the floor.

On Friday night, the Cougars earned a thrilling overtime victory at Saint Louis.

Jones nailed a jumper with just two seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

The Billikens were in control most of the game, but the Cougars played tough, managing not to let the game get out of hand. Despite taking an early 9-2 lead, the
Cougars were outscored 37-29 in the first half.

They started to pull back within striking distance in the second half. An 8-0 run trimmed the lead to nine (52-43) with 9:35 remaining.

The Cougars' tenaciousness finally paid off as they pulled even with 45 seconds left.

The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of regulation. Billiken junior Christian Shelton made two pressure free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining to give St.
Louis a 68-66 lead.

That set the stage for Jones' dramatic shot. Jones drove the length of the court and nailed a running jumper to send the game into overtime.

The Cougars dominated the overtime period, scoring the first eight points. The Billikens closed the margin to five at one point, but late free throws by Jones sealed the

Jones scored a career-high 37 points.

The Cougars play Marquette (14-10, 7-4 C-USA) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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