All-American/All-Conference/Freshman of the Year Candidate: Chandi Jones

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    CHANDI JONES
    Forward/Guard
    University of Houston Lady Cougars
    Freshman

    Though just a freshman for the University of Houston Lady Cougars, Chandi Jones is quickly establishing herself as one of the best players in Conference USA as well as the top female freshman player in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball.

    2000-01 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scored 31 points, including 22 in the second half, in Houston's 90-80 overtime win over Tulane on January 14 . . . Nailed nine of her 11 free throw attempts, including going a perfect 6-for-6 in overtime . . . Shot 10-of-26 from the field overall and had two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
  • She has now bucketed 30 ore more points twice and has 20 or more points in 12 of Houston's 17 games this season . . . She is the only Lady Cougar to register double figures in each of the 17 games.
  • Currently the nation's leading freshman scorer and 11th in the country overall averaging 21.4 points per game (as of Jan. 9) . . . Is second in C-USA behind UAB's Deanna Jackson (26.4) . . . Ranks atop the conference in both points per C-USA game (24.6) and steals (3.40).
  • Leads the Lady Cougars with 37 total steals on the year.
  • Currently ranked fifth among C-USA players (in all games) averaging 2.18 steals per game . . . Tied with teammate ShaRonda Lasseter for 13th in C-USA with 6.1 rebounds per game.
  • Was named to the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise All-Tournament team after amassing 60 points and leading the Lady Cougars in rebounds each of the three games December 18-20.
  • Registered her first double-double of the season and of her collegiate career on Dec. 18 vs Eastern Washington . . . Scored 20 points and pulled down a Lady Cougar season-high 13 boards.
  • Scored a team season-high 32 points vs LaTech Dec. 3 . . . Was the most points scored by a Lady Cougar in a single game since Jennifer Jones scored 36 against Southern Miss on February 18, 1998 . . . Shot 7-15 from the field and 13-17 in free throws . . . Registered six rebounds.
  • Named Conference USA Player of the Week for Dec. 3 following an outstanding four games that week . . . Scored a combined 61 points in two games of the Hilton Houston Hobby Classic.
  • Her 17 free throw attempts vs Indiana on Dec. 1 ties Vickey Finch for the second-most free throw attempts in a single game in Lady Cougar history . . . Finch had 17 attempts against Texas A&M on January 28, 1982.
  • Has started all 17 games this season, averaging a team-high 35.2 minutes per contest.
  • Made her first Division I basketball game start in the season opener Nov. 17 vs McNeese State . . . Scored 23 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and nailed 7 of her 11 free throw attempts.
  • Her 31 field goal attempts in the game at Nebraska on Nov. 22 ranks fourth all-time in Lady Cougar history.
  • Her father, David, is a Lady Cougar assistant coach.
  • Spent the summer participating in the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championships as a member of Team USA.
  • During her senior year in 1999-00, she was named the USA Today Texas Player of the Year as well as to the first team all-state and district MVP . . . Averaged 28.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
  • Was also named the USA Today Texas Player of the Year in 1998-99, her junior year.

    TEAM USA HIGHLIGHTS
    Was selected as a finalist for the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team following her senior year on June 12, 2000 . . . appeared in all five of Team USA's games, scoring 20 points and recording nine rebounds . . . she was 10-for-11 in field goal attempts, the highest percentage on the team.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Averaged 28.7 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, five assists per game as she helped Bay City to a 27-1 record and the 4A state semifinals . . . was named to the 2000 first -team All-American by Parade Magazine and 2000 third team All-American and Texas Player of the Year by USA Today . . . was named to the first-team all-state and district Most Valuable Player each of her four years at Bay City . . . averaged 26.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game her junior year . . . named 1999 USA Today Texas Player of the Year and to the Texas 4A All-State Tournament team.

    Personal
    Born on March 25, 1982 in Bay City, Texas . . . parents are David and Janice Jones . . . major is pharmacy . . . nickname is "Binky" . . . also enjoys swimming, reading and shopping.

     

     

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