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Volume 68, Issue 60, Monday, November 18, 2002

Sports
 

Curlis not impressed

UH finishes exhibition season with 86-72 win

By Lauren McFarlane
The Daily Cougar

It was the final tune-up game before the regular seasonis beginning, but UH womenis basketball head coach Joe Curl wasnit entirely impressed with the Lady Cougarsi 86-72 win Friday night against the Houston Flight. Despite the teamis 14-point win, putting it 6-0 in exhibition in three seasons, Curl was disappointed with the teamis performance.

"We played a good team and won, so Iim happy about that, but this is the time of year you have to get better and better," he said. "We have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of talent, but we played really sloppy. Our offense was never in sync. Our defense seemed to take chances and give them easy baskets. We have to correct that."

Houston had five players score in the double digits. Among them was 2001-2002 Conference USA Player of the Year junior Chandi Jones, who led the team with 20 points and three blocks. Sophomore Shondra Bush led the team with six assists and put in 12 points. Senior Angela Curl scored 11 points.


Junior guard Chandi Jones led the Lady Cougars with 20 points during their 86-72 exhibition win over the Houston Flight on Friday.
Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore center Kiemona Harris had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Emily Fryters added 11 points and 10 rebounds the first double-doubles of their career.

"I was pleased with Emily Fryteris performance. She gave a lot of spark." said Curl.

Marla Brumfield led the Houston Flight with a total of 17 points, followed closely by Brandy Jonesi 16.

"We knew (the Flight) had great guards, and we knew we had to play really well, but we didnit," said Curl. "Brumfield is a strong player."

The Cougars eked out a 41 to 38.2 field goal percentage, but free throws nearly did them in. Houston took 11 more shots, but the Flight had an 80 to 66.7 percent advantage from the charity stripe. The Cougars led in blocks 7-2 and 61-41 on the boards, but turned the ball over 19 times.

The Lady Cougars begin the regular season on the road in Indianapolis at the Indiana Tournament on Friday. UH will play Ball State on Friday and either Indiana or Wofford on Saturday. Houstonis next home game will be against Mississippi State at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

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