Houston Women's Basketball Inks Another Texas Player of the Year

HOUSTON, Texas (August 21) - University of Houston women's basketball head coach Joe Curl announced today that Courtney Pastner, the 1999 Texas 5A Player of the Year, has officially transferred from Texas Tech University and will play for the Lady Cougars. Pastner, a native of Kingwood, Texas, will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2000-01 season per NCAA regulations.

A highly-touted prospect in 1999, Pastner led the All-Greater Houston Area in scoring her senior season averaging 23.2 points per game while guiding Kingwood High School to a 31-5 record. She also tallied 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game while shooting a blistering 47 percent from the three-point line and 92 percent from the foul line during her senior campaign.

Pastner's list of accolades is long and impressive, as she was named the 1999 All-Greater Houston Player of the Year, the 1999 Gatorade "Circle of Champions" Texas High School Player of the Year, the 1999 Texas Girls Coaches Association Player of the Year (TGCA), in addition to being named the 1999 Texas 5A Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).

Pastner's achievements her senior season earned her a spot in the TGCA All-Star Game where she garnered MVP honors by scoring a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers.

"We feel very fortunate to bring in a player of Courtney's caliber into our program," Curl said. "She is a tremendous athlete who possesses an outstanding work-ethic and a true passion for basketball. Courtney is well skilled both offensively and defensively and brings a great deal of leadership and maturity to the table."

Pastner, a 5-5 guard, played in 18 games as a freshman for Texas Tech scoring a season-high six points versus Southwest Texas State.

Pastner is the second Texas Player of the Year to sign with the Lady Cougars this year, joining 2000 Texas 4A Player of the Year Chandi Jones (Bay City, Texas). Valerie Muoneke (Houston, Texas) and Nicole Oliver (South Sioux City, Neb.) round out this year's recruiting class for the Lady Cougars.



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