Conference USA names former Ladycat Chandi Jones to inaugural Hall of Fame

Chandi Jones had a stellar career at UH.

   HOUSTON – In honor of its 25th season, Conference USA announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, tabbing Cougar standouts Chandi Jones, Case Keenum and Yulia Pakhalina for induction.
   Chandi Jones, closed out her collegiate career in 2004. 
   Jones was inducted in the Blackcat Hall of Fame in 2005.
   The 5-10 guard from Bay City, led the Cougars onto the national stage during her four-year career. 
   She was named C-USA’s Female Athlete of the Decade in 2005 and was also named the league’s basketball player of the decade and earned a slot on the C-USA All-Decade Team.
   She was a 2004 Kodak All-American, the first in school history, as well as a three-time C-USA Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004). 
   She earned First-Team All-C-USA honors in each of her four seasons and is UH and C-USA’s all-time leading scorer with 2,692 points. 
   That mark ranks her 21st on the NCAA career scoring list. She became C-USA’s all-time scoring leader on Feb. 15, 2004, while leading Houston to a 73-65 victory at East Carolina. 
   She finished the game with 21 points to surpass the previous record held by Tamika Whitmore, who bucketed 2,488 points in 120 games for the Memphis Tigers from 1996-99.
   Jones ranks third all-time in UH basketball scoring history, behind only Elvin Hayes (2,884 points) and Otis Birdsong (2,832 points). 
   She won the national scoring title in 2003, averaging 27.5 points per game. Her career average of 23.6 points per game is a C-USA record. 
   Jones reached double figures in a then-NCAA record 114-straight games, scoring in double digits in every game she played for UH. She reached the 2,000-point plateau in just 84 games, the third-fastest player in NCAA history to do so. 
   Jones led UH to a nearly 70-percent winning percentage, as Houston was 88-38 (.698) during her career. 
   She aided the program to the 2004 C-USA Regular Season and Tournament Titles.
, both firsts for the Cougars. She earned MVP honors at the 2004 C-USA Championship. 
   Her jersey was retired on Feb. 5, 2005, the first such honor for a UH women’s player. Jones’ number 13 hangs in the Fertitta Center along with some of the great names in college basketball history including Birdsong, Clyde Drexler, Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and former UH coach Guy V. Lewis.
   At the close of her career, she became the first UH women’s player to be selected in the first round of the 2004 WNBA draft. Jones was chosen eighth overall by the Phoenix Mercury and later traded to the Detroit Shock. 
   Jones played two seasons for the Minnesota Lynx before playing overseas in several different countries. Jones was inducted into the Houston Hall of Honor on Nov. 4, 2010.


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