Hi 68 / Lo 50
|Volume 68, Issue 69, Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Lady Cougars look to continue streak
By Christian Schmidt
Coming off a 106-54 victory over Sam Houston State, the Lady Cougars are heading to west Texas to take on Texas El-Paso. The last time Houston faced the Lady Miners was also the last time the Cougars scored 100 points, beating UTEP 100-52 a year ago.
But donit think this is the same old Lady Miners team. UTEP is 2-2 thus far and has yet to play a home game. Heading out to play UTEP on the road will not be an easy task for the Lady Cougars.
"UTEP is going to be the most improved team in the state of Texas, mark my words," womenis basketball head coach Joe Curl said. "They are going to be a force to be dealt with. Weive got our work cut out for us."
Junior guard/forward Nicole Oliver and the rest of the womenis basketball team begin a three-game road trip against Texas-El Paso at 7 p.m. tonight. The Lady Cougars wonit return to Hofheinz Pavilion until a Dec. 20 meeting against Georgia.
Curl had high praise for Lady Miner junior transfer Vaida Zagurskyte, who leads UTEP averaging 18.5 points per game. The Lady Cougars had heavily recruited Zagurskyte, even receiving a verbal commitment from her at one point.
Guard Kia Dowell and forward Dragana Zoric are also averaging more than 10 points apiece, and should prove an interesting match-up for the Cougar backcourt.
Chandi Jones, who is leading the Cougars in scoring for the third consecutive season, commands the Cougar backcourt. Through five games, Jones is averaging 24 points and eight rebounds per game, both significantly higher than her career averages.
Sophomore guard Shondra Bush sprained her ankle during Sundayis game against Sam Houston State. Her availability for todayis game was not known at press time Tuesday. Bush is the second-leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 13.6 points per game.
Should Bush not be able to go, freshman guard Shannon Steele and sophomore guard Sara Hinkley would likely see more time. Steele is fourth on the team in assists, despite seeing only limited action. Hinkley scored a career-high 19 points Sunday in her first extended playing time of the season.
The Lady Cougars will need some inside presence as well to face a Miner team that has two players measuring in at 6-4. Sophomore center Kiki Harris has been coming off the bench recently and providing rebounding.
Taking Harrisi place in the starting lineup has been freshman center Emily Fryters. Frytersi physical presence and offensive skills have helped her work her way into the lineup early in her first collegiate campaign.
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