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Volume 68, Issue 56, Tuesday, November 12, 2002


Lady Cougars pounce on Jags

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

The Lady Cougars dominated the first 10 minutes of its game against the Houston Jaguars, opening up a 15-point lead in the early going and a 46-25 halftime lead.

Houston never trailed and went on to grab an 88-64 win over the Jaguars, a team of former collegiate players that featured six former Lady Cougars: Chiara Combs, Sharonda Lasseter, Mia McCoy, Nakea Mitchell, LaSonya Conley and Darla Simpson.

UH played well early on, executing crisply on offense and playing intense defense. Though it increased its lead throughout the game, the team did not look as crisp after the first part of the game.

Sophomore point guard Shondra Bush led the Lady Cougars with 18 points and five assists as UH beat the Houston Jaguars 88-64 on Monday to begin the exhibition season. The Lady Cougarsi regular season begins Nov. 22.
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar

"For the first exhibition I was happy with it," head coach Joe Curl said. "But if weire going to beat a team that we want to beat against the schedule we have to play, weire going to have to play 40 minutes."

Curl said his team needs to cut down on turnovers (Houston had 30) and work on keeping their focus throughout the game.

Sophomore point guard Shondra Bush led the team with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She made five of her six free-throw attempts and led the team with four assists.

Junior guard Chandi Jones had 17 points in 27 minutes, including 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Senior Nakia Holmes and sophomore Kiki Harris started the game at the power forward and center positions and pulled down 14 rebounds together.

Forward Nicole Oliver played grabbed nine rebounds (seven defensive) and three steals. Oliver, Bush and sophomore guard Sara Hinkley each had three steals.

Andrea Jackson led the Jaguars with a game-high 19 points.

Nine Lady Cougars had at least 10 minutes of playing time in the game, as Curl tried to get all his players more experience before the regular season begins. Every eligible player on the UH bench saw gametime.

"We tried to play a lot of kids, and we want to play a lot of kids all year long," Curl said. "But at the same time, you have to be productive when you go in there."

During the season, fewer players will likely get as many minutes as they did Monday night, though Curl said he is committed to giving eight or nine players serious minutes throughout the season.

Houston takes on the Houston Flight at 7 p.m. Friday in Hofheinz Pavilion in their final exhibition game. The Lady Cougars begin the regular season Nov. 22 against Ball State at the Indiana Tournament.

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