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Volume 68, Issue 92, February 10, 2003


Houston loses more ground in league, falls to Lady Frogs

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

Another game, another loss. That is what the Houston womenis basketball team, which canit seem to buy a victory anymore, has come to. Sunday afternoon, the Lady Cougars lost 60-51 to Texas Christian.

Junior guard/forward Nicole Oliver had 11 rebounds and four steals Sunday as the Lady Cougars fell to .500 on the season. UH (10-10, 2-6 in Conference USA) has lost six-of-seven games.

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The loss drops Houston to 10-10 on the season, 2-6 in Conference USA play. The Lady Horned Frogs are 10-11 overall, 3-5 in conference play.

UH has lost six of its last seven and is in the midst of its worst stretch in three years, since the 1999-2000 team lost eight consecutive games.

Sophomore guard Shondra Bush had 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting, but it didnit keep the Lady Cougars from falling to Texas Christian on Sunday leaving them at 10-10.

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The Lady Cougars held a 7-4 lead two minutes into the contest, the last time Houston led the game. Texas Christianis Tricia Payne tied the game with a three-pointer, and the Lady Horned Frogs never looked back.

The Lady Cougars were out-rebounded 46 to 39, outshot 41.7 percent to 29.4 percent, and had nine of their shots blocked, six of those by TCU center Sandora Irvin. Irvin is second in the nation in blocks per game at 4.4.

Junior guard Chandi Jones, the nationis second leading scorer at 27.1 points per game, scored 22 points on nine-of-22 shooting from the field. Jones added six rebounds, three steals and a block.

Sophomore guard Shondra Bush had 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting, five boards, four assists and four steals. Bush made 4-of-16 attempts from behind the three-point line.

Jones and Bush have scored an average of more than 43 points per game combined this season, and the duo nearly reached that average this game with 41 points.

The problem for Houston was no other player scored more than four points. For that matter, only six players scored for the Lady Cougars at all. The team had just two points off the bench on a jumper by backup guard Crystal Simpson.

Junior forward Nicole Oliver contributed only three points in 38 minutes of play. But she made it for it by chipping in 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

The Horned Frogs had a much more balanced attack with three players scoring in double digits, led by Irvinis 13 on 4-of-10 shooting. They also had 26 points off the bench, led by 11 from Ebony Shaw and nine from Tiffany Evans.

Head coach Joe Curl will be searching for the cure to his teamis woes. That might come in the form of a mid-week trip to a small-time program with a .500 record that has never beaten the Lady Cougars. Houston will take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Corpus Christi.

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