Jones Captures Season Conference USA Honors

Standout freshman Chandi Jones named C-USA Freshman of the Year; Senior Sykes named to Second Team All-Conference

Chandi Jones

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Despite missing the final nine games of the regular season due to injury, the University of Houston freshman sensation Chandi Jones still remained the nation's leading freshman scorer in Division I women's basketball (twelfth overall) and her overall numbers-including 429 total points and a 21.5 per game average-shattered all Conference USA freshman scoring records.

Recognized for her outstanding season and her impact on the Lady Cougars' turnaround this season, Jones was named C-USA Freshman of the Year at the annual awards banquet on the eve of the start of the Conference women's basketball tournament. In awards voted on by the conference head coaches, sports information directors and one media representative from each of the 12 C-USA schools, Jones was also named to the First Team All-Conference as well as the All-Freshman Team. Lady Cougar senior Monet Sykes, who was the team's leading rebounder, was named to the Second Team All Conference.

Monet Sykes
The award for Jones was the first such award given to a Lady Cougar since current Houston senior ShaRonda Lasseter was named C-USA Freshman of the Year for the 1998-99 season. She also is the first Lady Cougar to be named to the All-Conference First Team since Houston has been a member of Conference USA, and the first time overall since Pay Luckey was named to the First Team All-Southwest Conference Team in 1995-96.

This year's C-USA women's basketball tournament is hosted by Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and play begins with four first-round games on Friday, March 2. Houston is the No. 3 seed and earned a first round bye. They play on Saturday, March 3 and will take on either Saint Louis or Memphis at 6:00pm.



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