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Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. 1995. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 31, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5568.

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(1995). Houstonian 1995 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5767/show/5568

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Title Houstonian 1995
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Transcript Women'S Basketball The 1994-95 season began with lots of promise for the Houston Lady Cougars. After all, they were returning two starters, an All American Candidate, had signed top transfer prospects and signed a freshman out of Chicago that many were calling the "female version of Charles Barkley." But not all went as planned for the Cougars early on as Houston began the season with just seven players. What gave? Returning 1994 letterman Antoinette "Poochie" Isaac, Pat Luckey and Traci Bell were out of action due to serving academic suspensions during the fall semester. Top Arizona State transfer Stacey Johnson was not eligible to join the team until mid-December because of transfer rules. And other top transfer prospect, center Nakia Hill from Georgia, tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason practice, ending her season before it started. Nevertheless, the Cougars, as few as there were, quickly jumped out to an impressive 3-1 record. But in all fairness to its opponents, Houston was, however, beating up on the likes of pansies Detroit (81-80), Prairie View A&M (8345) and Lamar (83-45). "We really haven't been testea yet," coach Jessie Kenlaw said in the wake of the Cougars' win over Lamar's Lady Cardinals Dec. 6 in Hofheinz Pvilion. "The teams we played so far this year have sort of helped us out." So it seemed a "challenge" was what Houston was looking for. And three days later on Dec. 9, coach Cheryl Miller brought her No. 24 Southern California Lady Trojans into Hofheinz for a Friday evening showdown. Even though the game was back and fourth battle, USC pulled away in contest's latter moments, claiming an 87-72 victory. However, things started looking up for the Cougars when Johnson finally made her UH debut on Dec. 17 against the Stephen F. Austin Lady Lumberjacks. In a slim 98-96 loss, Johnson poured in what was then a career-high 33 points. The 5-9 native of Antioch, Ca. followed that performance up with a 20-point output against No. 7 Penn State (Dec. 21), a 21-point effort against Nevada-Las Vegas (Dec. 22) and a 25-point outburst vs, Ball State (Dec. 29). And on Jan. 2, Johnson and former Pacific-10 Conference rival Tanda Rucker (Stanford) lit up the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks ih Hofheinz for 32 and 28 points, respectively, as Houston was again norrowly defeated, this time 99-98. Despite the high offensive production from Johnson, the Cougars were just 5-6 heading into Southwest Conference play with an opening contest against crosstown -rival Rice in Hofheinz. The great news surrounding the return of the 1994 Freshman All- American.Luckey, did not seem to boost Houston enough as the Owls escaped with an 88-87 victory following a fadeaway jumper from Rice guard Kim LaLonde with just four seconds left. In fact, the Cougars dropped three of their first four SWC games giving up an average of an even 88 points in three defeats. But a Cougar's six-game winning streak soon afterward was the team's longest since 1991, when it won nine straight to open up that season. The victory in Dallas on Jan. 28 proved to be the best offensive game from the Johnson/Luckey combination as the two eventual first- team All-SWC players combined to score 53 points. Houston beat the Longhorns on Feb. 2 for just the second time in 52 career meetings as Johnson scored a career-high 37 points. For the season, Johnson averaged 20.6 points per game while Luckey scored 18.6. During the winning streak, either Johnson or Luckey led the team in scoring, with the latter being the leading scorer in four of those games. A Feb. 15 contest with the then-No. 7, first-place Texas Tech Lady Raiders offered the Cougars a chance to set a new school record for most consecutive conference victories with six (Houston had won six games overall in a row, but one of those was a non-conference game). But once again, the Cougars failed to knock off nationally ranked competition ranked competition as the Raiders escaped with 78-76 decision in Hofheinz. Houston fell to a 6-4 league record and a half-game behind the then- No. 23 Texas A&M Lady Aggies for second place in the conference. So if the Cougars wanted any chances of taking over sole possession o f the second spot and finally getting a chance to beat a ranked opponent, they would have to do it on the home floor of the Aggies' G. Rollie White Coliseum just three days later on Feb. 18. With just three seconds left, freshman Jennifer Jones made both ends of a one-and-one situation to sink both free throws and preserve a 78-75 triumph over the eventual 1995 National Women's InvitationalToumament champion. It was a clutch performance that didn't seem to phase Jones, as the 17-year-old led the conference in rebounding (8.6 per game) and was also named SWC Co-Freshman of the Year. The Chicago native also averaged 11.1 points in being the first freshman in UH history to lead the league in the rebound department. But while the A&M victory, "looked like (the Cougars) had just won the World Series," as described by one observer, the three-game losing streak that followed just afterward looked like Houston was back in basic training. The Cougars lost games to Baylor, SMU and Texas to fall from grace and to fourth place in the conference with a 7-7 final regular season SWC record before heading into the conference tournament in Dallas on March 8-11. And during those contests, Houston was beaten by an average of 18.3 points. In just 11 days, the Cougars had gone from possibly cracking the Top 25 and receiving a hands-down, at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament to needing to win the Postseason Classic where an exit at any time might have not been good enough to even get into the NWIT. In 'Big D' onMarch 8, Houston returned to the scene at SMU'sMoody Coliseum where Luckey, Johnson and the rest of the Cougars had so handily defeated the eventual NCAA-bound Mustangs by 10 almost six weeks prior. The dimly-lighted arena was the scene of an all-Houston first round matchup between Houston and the fifth-place Owls. Following Rice's one- point victory in Hofheinz to begin the SWC season, the Cougars returned the favor with a one-point decision of their own (69-68) in Autry Court on Feb. 7. But this one wasn't even close. Amidst the dim lights, Houston turned out the lights on the Owls as the former rolled to a 77-48 victory. The outcome sent a serious message to second-round opponent Texas Tech and head coach Marsha Sharp when Sharp remarked, "Houston played so well today. I think they might have something to prove. The Cougars indeed had something to prove, but the then-No. 6 Lady Raiders didn't seem to care. In that Friday's contest, Tech quickly jumped out to a 37-11 lead before Houston struck back to go on a run of its own (46-23) and cut the Raiders' deficit to 5248 with 16:47 left to play in the game. ButTechduplicatedtheCougar'sanswerwitha25-6runtogoup7/- 54 as it held Houston scoreless over the next nine minutes. , The game and, as it turned out, the season was over. The 90-69 rinar gave the Cougars a 14-14 record as Houston, for the next two days, would wait on word as to if it would be invited into the NWIT. Sunday, March 12, Kenlaw waited by the phone. But it never rang. The season was, indeed, over. Jason Paul Ramirez Houstonian 1995 1 4