Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 97



UH gets first Top 25 vote this week

Women's Top 25

Crystal J. Doucette

This is UH. We do have a women's basketball program, one which is 19-6 overall and 9-3 in Conference USA play. Yes, I am a little biased (OK, very biased Go
Coogs!), but I'm still just stating the facts.

UH women's basketball, after an impressive weekend on the road, finally caught someone's attention on the national scene. The Lady Cougars received one vote in this
week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. With work and dedication, they'll catch the AP voters' eyes soon, too.

Top 25

Connecticut is, to no surprise, No. 1 again with a 27-0 record. The Huskies only played one game last week, an 85-55 rout of Syracuse on Wednesday.

Stanford remains in second, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Tennessee. The Lady Vols fell one spot after losing a three-point decision to then-No. 18 Texas at

Texas moved up three places in this week's poll, and Tennessee squeezed out an 80-78 win over Mississippi State on Thursday followed by a rematch over No. 6
Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Duke holds fifth, followed by Vanderbilt, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, Baylor and South Carolina.

No. 7 Louisiana Tech wrapped up its first season in the Western Athletic Conference undefeated in league play. The Lady Techsters have dominated the WAC this
season, just as they dominated the Sun Belt Conference for 10 years.

No. 8 Purdue lost to then-No. 15 Minnesota, 73-64, on Thursday. But the Boilermakers made up for it with an 84-73 victory over Michigan on the shoulders of forward
Shereka Wright and her school single-game record 40 points.

Colorado comes in at No. 11, moving up two spots despite a 78-47 loss to Missouri on Feb. 13. Kansas State remains No. 12, followed by Iowa State, Minnesota, Texas,
Florida, Texas Tech, Old Dominion, North Carolina and Colorado State.

Iowa State fell three spots after losing 64-63 on Sunday to Oklahoma State on a basket and a block by Trisha Skibbe in the final four seconds of the game. OSU also
upset No. 17 Texas Tech, 58-55, on Thursday. The Cowgirls have stepped up their play after OSU announced it would not renew the contract of 19-year head coach
Dick Halterman.

No. 14 Minnesota is up one spot with the win over No. 7 Purdue and a 73-63 loss to Indiana on Sunday.

Boston College holds No. 21, followed by Notre Dame, Georgia and Virginia Tech.

C-USA's Cincinnati entered the poll this week at No. 25 after defeating Marquette, 63-53, and DePaul, 75-51, over the weekend.

TCU received 32 votes in the AP poll.

Step up

The third annual Nancy Lieberman Step Up Award is presented to the nation's leading Division I point guard. Connecticut's Sue Bird has received the award since its
inception and is in the running once again this year.

Joining Bird on the panel of 11 finalists are Alana Beard (Duke), Stacey Dales (Oklahoma), Sheila Lambert (Baylor), Kara Lawson (Tennessee), Brandi McCain
(Florida), Ashley McElhiney (Vanderbilt), Tamara Moore (Wisconsin), Sara Nord (Louisville), Lindsey Whalen (Minnesota) and Lindsey Wilson (Iowa State).


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