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Volume 70, Issue 77, Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Lady Cougars split road trip in conference action

Houston defeats Cincinnati, falls to Louisville

Cougar Sports Services

Conference play was the name of the game this weekend for the UH women's basketball team. The ladies took on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday and faced the Louisville Cardinals Sunday. The ladies finished one-and-one for the weekend.

Friday the Lady Cougars met the Bearcats in Cincinnati for a Houston 63-56 win. UH shot 70 percent from the free-throw line for the game, which helped the ladies to victory.

Senior center Sancho Lyttle caused a scare when she went down with a high ankle sprain with seven minutes left in the first half. Despite coaches' suggestions, Lyttle went back in and finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds. 

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The Lady Cougars traveled north to face Conference USA foes Cincinnati and Louisville where they went 1-1 defeating the Bearcats and falling to the Cardinals.

The Lady Cougars went on a 7-0 run to start the second half. Cincinnati had no answer for senior guard Joann Overstreet, who finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. 

Sunday the ladies had a hard fall against Louisville in a 50-49 defeat. This was their first conference loss of the season. 

Louisville had a 45-43 lead when Lyttle stole the ball and got a two-shot foul. Lyttle sank both and was fouled again with 1:31 left in the game. The two converted free throws pushed the game to a 47-47 tie.

Louisville's Katie Olson hit a jumper with 56 seconds on the clock to take the Cardinals to a two-point lead. Senior center KiKi Harris responded with a running jumper to tie the game again with 33 seconds to play.

A foul against Louisville's Angel Bradley sent her to the free-throw line with 3.3 seconds left to play. Bradley made the second to put the Cardinals up 50-49, and the Lady Cougars didn't get another shot before the buzzer.

Lyttle posted her 15th double-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds, making it 10 in a row. Senior Daphne Andre came off the bench smoking with 12 points. Harris added to the pot with nine points and six rebounds.

Turnovers were a key factor in the game. Houston had a total of 15 while Louisville recorded 18. Both teams had trouble getting the ball into the hoop. Houston shot 34.7 percent from the field for the game and Louisville was not far behind with 34.5.

The next game is at Hofheinz Pavilion for a Conference USA Championship rematch against TCU at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30.

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