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Volume 70, Issue 147, Thursday, June 16, 2005


UH dominates C-USA All-Decade Awards

Former basketball star Jones named Female Athlete of the Decade

Cougar Sports Services

Throughout the 2004-05 season, Conference USA has been naming its All-Decade Team in the 19 sports it sponsors to celebrate the league's 10th anniversary. Conference USA completed its celebration this week by naming its final All-Decade Awards, and a former UH athlete earned one of the highest honors.

Chandi Jones, former Lady Cougar basketball star (2000-2004), was named C-USA Female Athlete of the Decade. Jones was named C-USA Player of the Year three times (2002, 2003, 2004) and helped lead the Lady Cougars to their best season ever in 2003-04: a 28-4 record, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament (highest in Lady Cougar history) and a C-USA championship.

Former Lady Cougar star Chandi Jones, who currently plays for the WNBA's Detroit Shock, led UH women's basketball to unprecedented success and was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Decade.
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Jones was a 2004 Kodak All-American and is the all-time scoring leader in C-USA history with 2,692 points. She holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games with double-digit points (114, every game of her UH career) and was also named C-USA Women's Basketball Player of the Decade earlier this year.

The former UH star also became the first female in school history to have her number retired at Hofheinz Pavilion, an honor she earned during a ceremony in February.

Kenyon Martin, former Cincinnati basketball star from 1997-2000 who currently plays for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, was named C-USA Male Athlete of the Decade. His head coach at Cincinnati, Bob Huggins (1989-present), also collected some hardware as he was awarded C-USA Men's Coach of the Decade. Eugene Lenti, who has served as DePaul's softball coach since 1983, rounded out the final awards by being tabbed C-USA Women's Coach of the Decade.

UH led all members of C-USA with the most All-Decade Team members, Players of the Decade and Coaches of the Decade. UH had 28 All-Decade team members (Tulane came in a close second with 27), six Players of the Decade (Tulane was second with five) and five Coaches of the Decade (Cincinnati and Tulane each had three).

There were a total of 212 student athletes and 20 coaches named to the C-USA All-Decade squads during the league's 10th anniversary campaign. Voters for the awards consisted of the current athletic directors at each of the league's schools.

Conference USA wrapped up its 10th anniversary celebration with its final All-Decade Awards this week. The following athletes and coaches made UH a dominant presence at the event: 

Female Athlete of the Decade (all sports)

Chandi Jones, women's basketball (2000-04)

Coach of the Decade winners

Leroy Burrell, men's indoor track and field/ women's ITF/women's outdoor track and field (1999-present)

Mike Dirks, men's golf (1994-2003)

Jane Figuiredo, swimming and diving (1990-present)

Athlete of the Decade winners

Jenny Adams, women's ITF and OTF (1997-2001)

John Davis, men's OTF (1996-99)

Chandi Jones , women's basketball (2000-04)

Yulia Pakhalina, S&D (2001-03)

Darius Pemberton, men's ITF (1996-97)

All-Decade team members

Jenny Adams , women's ITF and OTF (1997-2001)

Azul Almazan , S&D (2002-05)

Karim Alston, men's ITF (1997-2000)

Sarah Borwell, women's tennis (1999-2002)

Rhian Clark, women's ITF and OTF (2000-02)

Kyle Crowell, baseball (1998-2000)

Dennis Darling, men's ITF (1997-99)

John Davis, men's ITF and men's OTF (1997-99)

Robert Foster , men's ITF (2000-03)

Michelle Frazier, volleyball (1997-2000)

Kristen Glowacz, softball (2002-05)

Chandi Jones , women's basketball (2000-04)

Ifoma Jones, women's OTF (1998-2000)

Anna Kiess, S&D (2003-present)

Chris Morris, men's golf (1996-2000)

Shane Nance , baseball (1997-2000)

Yulia Pakhalina, S&D (2001-03)

Darius Pemberton, men's ITF and OTF (1996-97)

Stanford Routt, men's OTF (2002-05)

Andy Sanders, men's golf (1998-2001)

Ketric Sanford, football (1996-99)

Victor Schwamkrug, men's golf (1996-99)

Brad Sullivan, baseball (2001-03)

Jennifer Wittenberg, volleyball (1999-2001)

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