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Big Weekend For Cougar Sports

...well, as long as you're not solely a fan of the men's basketball team. While James Dickey's team was losing its seventh game out of its last eight, the other athletics programs at UH were having huge weekends.

On the hardwood, the Cougar women's team improved to 13-0 in conference play, and clinched an outright regular season conference title. The ladies were the second-highest "other receiving votes" team last week, so another two wins ought to get them and their 22-4 overall record into the top 25 this week.

On the diamond, seasons were getting off to big starts, as well.

New Cougar baseball head man Todd Whitting remained undefeated as a head coach, as Houston swept UT-Arlington by scores of 15-5, 9-0 and 6-4. The Mavericks are, on paper, the least-challenging opponent this team will face this year, but it's been a few years since UH was able to dominate even Southland Conference opponents, so Cougar fans have to be happy about a 3-0 start.

Meanwhile, the Cougar softball team swept all five games of its weekend tournament, including a pair of dramatic, extra innings victories over #16 LSU. On Saturday, Houston rallied from a 4-0 deficit to force extras, and pulled off the 5-4 victory. On Sunday, the Cougars were no-hit, but sent the game to the 8th, 0-0. In the bottom of that inning, Reina Gaber picked up the first hit of the afternoon for Houston, driving in the only run they would need for a victory.

With an 8-1 record, including a 3-1 mark against teams in the top 20, the Cougar softball team will have a very strong case for seeing themselves in the rankings when those come out this week, as well.

After a miserable football season, and amid what has been a tough first year for Coach Dickey, there are certainly bright spots to being a Cougar fan right now.

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