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In front of an energized crowd in
their first home post-season game in
school history, the University of
Houston Lady Cougars went on a
late drive as the game wound down
to the closing minutes and took control en route to downing cross-town
rival Rice by a final of 67-65 in the
first round of the Women's National
Invitational Tournament on
Wednesday, March 13. Houston
posted first post-season victory
since 1991 over their cross-town
The Cougars went on to a birth in
the WNIT Championship Game,
securing the most wins in the teams
University of Houston Lady
Cougar sophomore guard Chandi
Jones, the 2002 Conference USA
Player of the Year, received an
Honorable Mention on the 2001-
2002 AP Women's All-America basketball team. She received this award
through her endurance and dedication to her team.
"Never give up and always keep
your head up," Jones said.
However, their experience of the
team posed a few problems for the
"Being young, some times there
were many challenges with our
team," coach Joe Curl Said.
The girls were very young, with
most players only 18 years old. That
was where the coach came into play
because he was always trying to
keep things positive and improving
each practice and each game.
"Our goal was to always finish in
the top spot in the Conferences, and
if not, then certainly one of the top
four spots," Coach Joe Curl said.
But more importantly than the
record and their successes on the
court, the Lady Cougars were also
really working hard in the community and in the classroon.
"The Lady Cougars were always
getting out into the community, and
we asked each of them to put in a
minimum of 50 hours of community service during the academic year.
We had several of the girls with over
100 hours of community service,
and none had under 75 hours,"
Coach Joe Curl said.
Additionally in the classroom,
the team had at least six girls well
above a 3.0 GPA, and their overall
team GPA is a historically-high 2.94.
Yale W, 61-59
Colorado L, 88-58
Texas A&M W, 68-30
Montana L, 72-93
Texas A&M L, 69-75
Texas Christian University L, 61 -49
A&M W, 78-50
Louisville W, 71-68
Cincinnati W, 89-78 (OT)
East Carolina University W, 61 -60
Charlotte W, 66-56
South Florida W, 56-53
Tulane W, 85-74
Southern Mississippi W, 65-57
Saint Louis W, 79-71
Memphis W, 84-70
Marquette W, 61-57
DePaul W, 80-73
Charlotte W, 68-65
Cincinnati L, 74-78
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Shondra Bush quickly whips around
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Photo by Lauren Wilson