Jan. 11, 2006
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Houston (5-8, 2-0 C-USA) vs.
East Carolina (10-4, 2-1 C-USA)
Friday, Jan. 13 7 p.m. EST
Williams Arena (8,000) Greenville, N.C.
Radio: Houston ISP Sports Network (Internet Only). Joshua Banks (play-by-play) will handle the action. Broadcast available at www.UHCougars.com starting at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The Records: Houston swept its first two league games, moving to 5-8 (2-0 C-USA) on the season. The Cougars have won their first five league games in each of the past two seasons. ECU is 10-4 (3-1 C-USA) and winners of four in-a-row. The Pirates are 3-1 at Williams Arena this season. ECU was picked to finish 12th in C-USA in the preseason coaches poll.
Houston Coach Joe Curl (Wayne State `78):
Enters his eighth season at the helm of the Cougars' program ... has achieved a mark of 126-98 with Houston and a career coaching record of 264-198 in 15 years ... his program has made two-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and had a record of 109-47 (.699) over the past five seasons.
ECU Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener (Georgia `87):
In her fourth year at East Carolina with a record of 46-52 at the school. She is 105-79 in seven years as a collegiate head coach with stops at Mercer and Life Universtiy along the way.
The Series: UH leads the all-time series 4-0, including a 2-0 mark in Williams Arena.
Cougars Try To Run Streak To Three ...
The University of Houston women's basketball team hits the road for the first time in nearly a month for a 7 p.m. EST Friday-night tilt against East Carolina in Williams Arena.
ECU is off to a 10-4 (3-1 C-USA) start and has been paced by junior Cherie Mills (17.9 ppg/8.0 rpg), Conference USA's second-leading scorer. Freshman Jasmine Young leads the league in steals (3.29).
UH has won its past two games and looks to move to 3-0 in conference play for the third time in three years.
Nakazi Glover and Sha'Ratta Hawkins have both averaged 16.0 ppg in the Cougars two league games while Tye Jackson has averaged 9.50 assists.
Notes From The Last Five Games ...
UH is 3-2 (2-0 C-USA) in its past five games with the Cougars reversing some of their early-season trends.
As a team, UH is firing at a .432 (143 for 331) clip from the floor and a 31-percent mark (27 for 87) from behind the arc while outscoring opponents 374 to 331.
Four players, Tye Jackson (15.2), Sha'Ratta Hawkins (14.6), Nakazi Glover (13.2) and Ryan Meyers (10.4) averaged in double figures.
Jackson has tallied 46 assists (9.2 apg) a mark that would rank her first in the nation and in C-USA in the season rankings.
UH has outrebounded its opponents 218-201.
Jackson (34.4), Hawkins (33.8) and Ryan Meyers (31.4) all have averaged more than 30 minutes per game in the last five.
Meyers (8.0 rpg) has been the team's leading rebounder.
Cougar Talk With Coach Curl On Monday ...
UH's eighth-year head coach will once again appear on the airwaves weekly in 2005-06 as Cougar Talk With Joe Curl returns to the Houston ISP Sports Network on Mondays from 7:30 to 8 p.m. CST starting Jan. 9, 2006.
The show, hosted by ISP Sports Analysts Joshua Banks and Jeremy Branham, serves as the lead-in to the Tom Penders Cougar Talk Show, which airs from 8-9 p.m.
The show airs via the internet at www.UHCougars.com.
All shows will take place at Irma's Southwest Grill, located on the corner of Austin and Texas, downtown.
The times and dates of the show are listed below.
2005-06 Joe Curl Show (7:30-8 p.m. CST)
Mon. Jan. 9, Mon. Jan 16, Mon. Jan 23, Mon. Jan. 30, Mon. Feb. 13, Mon. Feb 20, Mon. Feb 27, Mon. Mar 6
Southern Miss Postgame Notes ...
UH used a 14-0 run in the first 3:08 of the game to cruise to the 92-58 win over Southern Miss.
The Cougars were up 7-0 before the Golden Eagles had even taken a shot. Houston knocked down seven more points before Southern Miss finally got on the board at the 16:07 mark.
UH fired at a 62.1 percent clip (18 for 29) in the half, and led 54-21 at the half, a season-best for points in a half and points in the first half.
Houston had a season-best shooting performance both from the floor and behind the three-point arc. UH was 33 for 61 (.541) in the game including a 7 for 14 (.500) effort from long range.
The 32 field-goals made was a season-best while UH's 19 made free throws tied a season-high. UH did end the night with 21 turnovers, nearly tripling their number from Friday's game (8).
UH has won two-straight games for the first time this season and moved to 2-0 in C-USA play for the third-consecutive year.
Southern Miss gave the ball up 11 times in the first 10 minutes and 17 times in the first half. For the game, Southern Miss had 25 giveaways, which turned into 33 points for Houston.
The Cougars held a dominant 40-8 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Southern Miss by 10, 43-33.
It was Houston's first game scoring more than eighty points this season and its best offensive output since a 92-47 win over Saint Louis on Feb. 5, 2005. That game was also the last time UH won by more than 30 points (45).
#31, A Streaking Freshman ...
After a slow start in her first eight collegiate games, freshman Nakazi Glover has made a strong impact in the past four, leading UH to a 3-1 record.
In her first nine games, Glover averaged 10.1 minutes per game, 2.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, had shooting percentages of .172 (FG), .111 (3FG) and had only been to the charity stripe eight times.
In the past four contests, she is averaging 29 mpg, 16.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 spg and has shot at over a 50 percent clip from the field (22-43/.512).
Glover has also been to the free throw line 28 times, hitting for 19 of those (.679).
She tallied a career-best 21 points and nine rebounds against Southern Miss (Jan. 8).
Taking Care Of The Ball ...
UH finished with eight turnovers against UCF (Jan. 6), tying its season-low.
The Cougars have had single-digit giveaways in four contests this season and are 2-2 in those games.
The school's single-game record is six, set on Dec. 20, 2000 in a home game against Hawai'i.
Prior to this season, UH had not had less than 10 turnovers in a game in five years.
Houston's 214 turnovers are the second-fewest in C-USA this season (Tulane/206).
The Cougars rank first in C-USA with a margin of +9.00 in two league games.
Fit To Be Tye-d ...
Since making her UH debut six games ago, Tye Jackson has made an immediate impact for the Cougars.
Jackson has not achieved the minimum standard (75%) of games played to count in the C-USA or NCAA standings.
If she had, she would be the league's third-leading scorer (17.0 ppg) and leader in assists (7.8 apg).
Her assists average would rank her third nationally, behind Lyndsey Medders of Iowa State (1st/9.1) and Melanie Boeglin from Indiana State (2nd/8.5).
She has netted three 20-point games, with a career-best 26 coming against Michigan State (Dec. 17).
Jackson had a career-high 11 rebounds against Dartmouth (Dec. 19).
She has had two double-digit assists games, with her career-high of 12 coming against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 20). She also had 11 against UCF (Jan. 6).
Jackson is on pace for 165 assists this season or an average of 7.8 per game.
That average would be the best in school history (Betty Darthard-1983-84/6.7 apg). UH's single-season record of 202 assists belongs to Kip Anderson (1980-81).
UH averages just 16.9 team fouls per game, a mark that ranks third in C-USA and 93rd nationally (324 teams).
UH has had just three players foul out this season.
From Way Downtown...
UH has shown no fear when it comes to shooting from behind the arc this season.
The Cougars lead C-USA and rank 73rd nationally with a 5.8 three-point field goals made per game average.
UH has drained 76 treys in 13 games, ranking second only to UCF (80/14 games).
Sha'Ratta Hawkins (.368) is ranked seventh in three-point field-goal percentage.
Hawkins, Tye Jackson and Jasmin Moore have combined for 64 of UH's 76 triples (.842) and have attempted more three's (201) than seven of the teams in the league (Marshall/153, UAB/160, Rice/164, Tulane/174, Southern Miss/183, East Carolina/189, Tulsa/197).
Hawkins, a true freshman, has emerged as a candidate for the league's freshman of the year honor.
She ranks tied for third in the league in scoring (16.0), leading all C-USA freshmen.
She ranks second in three's per game (2.31), tied for fourth in steals (2.23 spg), eighth in three-point field-goal percentage (.366), tied for 10th in blocked shots (0.85) and is 19th in rebounding (5.8 rpg).
Her career-best six-steal performance at Creighton (Nov. 30) ties her for the second-best single-game effort in C-USA this season.
Hawkins has finished in double figures in 11 of 13 contests, including seven of the last eight and has led the team in scoring on six occasions.
Hawkins has hit for 20 points four times. She tallied a career-best 28 in the season opener at Wisconsin (Nov. 18), hit for 24 against West Virginia (Dec. 10), knocked down 23 at Creighton (Nov. 30) and had 24 against UCF (Jan. 6).
She paired that 24 points with a career-high 12 rebounds against the Golden Knights for her first career double-double.
She averages a team-high 35.2 minutes per game and has started in 12-straight games.
Two UH players have won the first-year player award, ShaRonda Lassetter (1998) and Chandi Jones (2001).
Division I newcomer Ryan Meyers and sophomore Jasmin Moore have been nice compliments to Hawkins and Jackson this season.
Both rank in the top-five on the team in scoring average (Meyers/9.2-3rd, Moore/8.4-4th) and among the team's leaders in minutes (Meyers/31.5, Moore/24.9).
Meyers leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg) while Moore is one of the top three-point shooters, ranking second on the squad (21-68/.309).
Meyers added a career-best 19 points against Southern Miss (Jan. 8). She finished with a 9 for 11 (.818) shooting night the best single-game performance for UH this year.
Meyers had a career-best 18 rebounds against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 20). That single-game effort ranks tied for fourth in school history and is the third-best mark in C-USA this season.
Before missing three games due to injury, Moore was on a hot streak with three-straight double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 24 points against Texas Pan-American (Dec. 3).