Simpson makes her
n from college to the real world
LJarla Simpson has control over her life as she fans, and this year it increased. We've had some
has control over a rebound. She graduated in of the biggest crowds since I've been here. It
1991, started work on her masters degree and makes you play harder when you know you
still played post for the Lady Cougars. The 6-3" have someonebehind you. It makes you want to
post player leaves UH in 1992 with a bachelor's give even more because you want to do it for
degree in Marketing as well as a firm hold on the them as well as for yourself."
UH record books. Now that her college playing days are
As for the 1992 season, she wasn't so over, Simpson says that she'll miss her team-
positive. The team had it's best start ever, and mates the most.
was ranked, but the second half wasn't half as "I love my teammates. We had a lot of
good. fun together. I'm going to miss the jokes and the
'I think this season was all right for me," things we like to do because we were pretty
said Simpson. "It definitely wasn't my best. It close. We respect one another and we want the
started out good , but it wmg^mmam^mmmm^^m^/mmm^^m best for each other."
retrogressed instead of I F^^l The best includes a
progressed." t I good education, which
Simpson has already
earned. Simpson had
chosen to be a business
major and her counselor
had put her on the track
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But then one of
the high points was to
finally beat the Lady
Longhorns of Texas, the
first Lady Cougar team
to do so.
"Yeah we did. That was one accomplishment, but we never did it again. I'm proud
to have been on that team. We beat Texas first.
That was one of my goals, before I left here, to
years, her drive to succeed led to graduation.
"(The coaches) always stress the importance of education, but for me, I didn't need that
because my parents brought me up where I
knew education was important, and that college
Simpson earned severalhonors,includ- was just the next natural step."
ing SWC Player of the Week, and she also broke Simpson put her plans to earn her
team records in rebounds and blocked shots, masters degree on hold as she looked at her
There was still one goal that eluded her though, options, including a job in the corporate world.
"I wanted to get further than the first She hoped that she could go pro in Europe, and
round in the NCAA's, but we didn't get there. It she had a chance to sign with a team in Spain or
was a good game," Simpson said , about the France, where women's basketball has a larger
game against UC-Santa Barbara.''But they had following.
the advantage because it was their home court ' You can extend your career in Europe,
and they had all the fans. I've never experienced It's pretty muchlookslikel'llbe there. It'snotfinal
anything like that. It did have a little effect on our yet, but I'm just taking it step-by-step, wherever
play. They were into it, and that gave them the the Lord sends me. If He wants me to work at a
advantage." job here or go over there, I'll be ready to do it. I
[he LadyXJougar tans were typically
few and far between, but early wins led to bigger
"I love the support we have from our
Although she seemed to have a knock-
on-wood attitude about the future, there was a
sense of control underneath that would lead her
to success, no matter what goals she chose to
work for.-Michael Edwards
Uarla flies! The floor is left wide open for "the
Terminator". Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
lVlargo Gram was a welcom addition to the team.
Here she works against the hard defense of the SMU
'Blonde Squad". Photo by Thomas Nguyen.
Lighting up the
Stephanie Edwards works to deny this SMU player LaShawn Johnson looks to recover the imssed
thegoal.CoachKenlawnicknamedher'LadyBarkley' pasts to the flu fhead. Johnson enpys //., VI e»-
afterheragressiveplavthatmirrorsCharlesBarklev. can food, and listening to Janet Jackson. Photo In
photo by Gilbert Sifuentea
Lady Cougar Basketball Con't
Southwest Conference Tournament
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SWC Record-10-4 Final Record--22-8
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