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SHAJUAN LINDSEY #22
5'10"...Senior...Forward
Midlothian, Illinois (Bremen)
MAJOR: Elementary Education

2002-03: Played in 25 games, starting 24, in first season with USI...second-leading scorer for the Eagles in 2002-03...had a season-high 25 points against Illinois-Springfield on December 17, 2002...scored in double figures 19 times and posted 20 or more points twice...recorded one double-double, posting a season-high 10 rebounds against Wisconsin-Parkside on February 23, 2003. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Illinois Central College...named All-Region twice... helped ICC to a 32-3 record and a third place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in 2001-02...averaged 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.7 steals in 32 games as a sophomore...averaged 10.1 points as a freshman...played for the legendary Head Coach Lorene Ramsey.  HIGH SCHOOL: Earned letters in basketball, track, and cross country at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Illinois...named honorable mention All-State and All-Area in basketball as a junior and senior...also named All-Conference in three straight seasons.  PERSONAL: Born September 4, 1982.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
02-03 25/24 114/275 .415 24/72 .333 70-92 .753 127 5.1 48 37 30 322 12.9 671

SHANNON WELLS #24
5'8"...Senior...Forward
Merrillville, Indiana (Merrillville)
MAJOR:
Mathematics

2002-03: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors in her first season with the USI women's basketball team...became a starter after seven games, averaged 8.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 13 starts...posted double-figure scoring efforts in seven games, posting a season-high 17 points against Lewis on January 2, 2003...posted a season-high 13 rebounds against Wisconsin-Parkside on January 25, 2003...recorded double-digit rebounds twice and had one double-double...named the USI/Integra Bank Female "Student Athlete of the Year". USI Volleyball: Arguably one of the best volleyball players in USI history, Wells was named the 2002-03 GLVC Paragon Award winner in May of 2003...Wells led the USI volleyball team to the 2002 GLVC Tournament championships, three straight GLVC Green Division championships, the 2000 GLVC regular season championship, three straight 20-win seasons, and the 2002 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional semifinals...led USI to an 87-35 overall record and a 41-22 mark in the GLVC in four seasons...2002 GLVC "Player of the Year" and was voted the GLVC "Scholar Athlete of the Year" for volleyball in 2001 and 2002...three-time first-team All-GLVC selection...third player in USI history to be named AVCA All-Region...three-time Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region selection...named third-team Verizon Academic All-District in 2002...is a four-time Academic All-GLVC selection for volleyball...USI's all-time leader in career service aces (319), kills (1,866), and digs (1,353)...ranks second all-time at USI in career-hitting percentage (.285)...fastest player in USI history to reach 1,000 career kills...led the GLVC two straight seasons in total kills (553 and 554)...set USI single-season records for digs (458) and service aces (125). HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in volleyball, basketball, and softball at Merrillville (Indiana) High School...named Most Valuable Player, first team All-Duneland Conference, and first team All-Area as a senior. PERSONAL: Born December 8, 1980.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
02-03 25/13 64/165 .388 9/32 .281 53/82 .646 115 4.6 57 40 14 190 7.6 601

MEGAN NELSON #51
6'2"...Junior...Forward/Center
Clarendon Hills, Illinois (Hinsdale South/Dupage)
MAJOR: International Business

2002-03: Played in 27 games, making 10 starts, in her first season with the Eagles...averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds...recorded six double-digit scoring outings with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds against Saint Joseph's on December 7, 2002...was 10-of-13 from the field during that game. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from the College of DuPage where she helped lead the Chaparrals to a 27-4 record and the 2001-02 NJCAA Division III National Championship...averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game as a freshman...earned first-team All-Conference and All-Region honors as well as third-team All-America honors...named All-Tournament at the College of DuPage Holiday Invitational. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois...helped HSHS to four conference and regional championships...earned All-Conference and All-Area honors...won eight varsity letters in basketball, soccer, and volleyball...excelled in the classroom where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club, and A.C.E. (Athletes Committed to Excellence). PERSONAL: Born May 14, 1982.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
02-03 27/10 57/113 .504 0/0 .000 36/52 .692 92 3.4 15 10 15 150 5.6 425

ASHLEY GREEN #11
5'11"...Sophomore...Guard/Forward
Otterbein, Indiana (Benton Central)
MAJOR: Elementary Education

2002-03: Played in all 27 games, making three starts, as a freshman...averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game...had two double-digit scoring efforts, including a season-high 13 points against Illinois-Springfield on December 17, 2002...had a season-high seven rebounds against Ferris State on December 29, 2002. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Benton Central High School in Oxford, Indiana where she earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball...named one of the top 50 players in the state both her junior and senior season...first-team All-Area performer...earned All-Hoosier Conference in 2001 and 2002...averaged 17 points per contest, shot 82 percent from the charity stripe, and led BCHS with 72 steals as a senior in 2001-02...second on team in field goal percentage, rebounds, blocks, and assists...helped her AAU team, the Lady Pistols, to an 11th-place showing at the 2001 state tournament and an eighth-place finish at the 1998 state tournament. PERSONAL: Born May 5, 1984.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN

02-03

27/3 54/133 .406 0/8 .000 12/22 .545 92 3.4 26 24 17 120 4.4 473

AMANDA LECHLITNER #15
5'8"...Sophomore...Guard/Forward
Mishawaka, Indiana (Penn)
MAJOR: Nursing

2002-03: Played sparingly as a freshman in 2002-03...averaged 1.9 points per game with a season-high nine points against Mars Hill College on November 23, 2002...went 10-for-11 from the free throw line...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana...earned Northern Indiana All-Conference honors and was selected to the 2002 South Bend Tribune All-Metro Team...helped lead Penn High School to a 17-7 overall record and the 2002 sectional championship as a senior in 2001-02...was named the South Bend Tribune All-Metro Most Valuable Player...was the Mishawaka Kiwanis Club Athlete of the Month (December) and the WHME Channel 46 Althete of the Month (February)...earned All-Tournament honors at the 2001 Penn Classic...averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.9 assists per game as a senior...averaged 6.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, and 1.5 spg as a junior in 2000-01...played in the Junior Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada...earned All-Northern Indiana Conference honorable mention in track as a junior. PERSONAL: Born March 10, 1984.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN

02-03

18/0 10/30 .333 5/16 .313 10/11 .909 13 0.7 9 2 0 35 1.9 136

Newcomers

JAMIE TRUITT #21
5'10"...Junior...Guard
Owensboro, Kentucky (Apollo/Western Kentucky)
MAJOR: Physical Education

2002-03: Transferred to USI at mid-semester and redshirted. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Western Kentucky University where she averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 53 games for the Lady Toppers...connected on 62 three-pointers in two seasons at WKU...was WKU's top freshman in 2000-01, averaging 7.6 points and connecting on 43 three-point field goals...recorded a season-high 19 points in WKU's first round victory over the University of Mississippi in the Women's NIT in 2000-01...scored a season-high 19 points three times as a sophomore in 2001-02...finished sophomore season with 3.8 points per game. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Apollo High School where she was a four-year starter and a three-time Third Region Player of the Year...earned All-State and All-District honors and was a Kentucky All-Star selection...a USA Today honorable mention All-America choice...finished in the top 10 in the state in scoring and three-point field goals made in her last two years at AHS...averaged 22.2 points per game and connected on a school-record 91 three-pointers as a senior...finished her career at AHS averaging 17 points and 6.7 rebounds while making 300 three-pointers...holds school-records at AHS for three-point field goals in a game (8) and a season (91)...also earned varsity letters in volleyball, golf, and softball at AHS. PERSONAL: Born April 22, 1982...daughter of Joe and Susan Truitt.


KENNITRA JOHNSON #23
5'8"...Junior...Guard
New Albany, Indiana (New Albany/Purdue)
MAJOR: Physical Education

2002-03: Redshirted in 2002-03. TRANSFER: At Purdue-Transferred to USI from Purdue University where she spent the first semester on the basketball team. At UConn-Member of the University of Connecticut's 2000 national championship team...played in all 37 games, averaging 22.4 minutes per game, as a freshman in 1999-00...named to the Big East All-Rookie team after averaging 7.2 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per contest...ranked second on the team in steals and third in assists as a freshman...scored in double figures 10 times as a freshman, posting a career-high 18 points against the University of Illinois and the University of Pittsburgh...played in 34 games, starting three and averaging 17.9 minutes per game, as a sophomore for the Huskies' 2001 NCAA I Semifinalist squad...contributed 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from New Albany High School where she was a first-team Parade All-American...named MVP of the 1999 Nike/WBCA All-America game...ranked the nation's No. 17 senior by Blue Star...led NAHS to the Class 4A state championship as a senior, averaging 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 5.0 steals per game...averaged 19.9 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior...finished career with 1,837 points...one of 12 heralded Hoosier girls' basketball players named to the IHSAA First Silver Era Team. PERSONAL: Born December 13, 1980...daughter of Charlotte Sutton.


ANDREA ENGLEKING #33
6'0"...Junior...Forward/Center
Charlottsville, Indiana (Eastern Hancock/Kankakee CC)
MAJOR: Elementary Education

TRANSFER: Transferred from Kankakee Community College where she helped lead the Lady Cavaliers to a 53-18 overall record...earned NJCAA II first-team All-America and All-Region IV honors in 2002-03 after averaging 17.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game...set a KCC record by connecting on 143 free throws...led KCC to a 28-5 mark as a sophomore in 2002-03 and the Region IV and District D championships as well as an eighth-place finish in the NJCAA II Tournament...earned All-Tournament honors at the 2003 NJCAA II Tournament...averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2001-02...earned NJCAA II second-team All-Region IV honors as a freshman. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Eastern Hancock High School where she averaged 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists...earned All-Conference honors three times and was an All-Country and All-State performer twice...selected co-County Player of the Year and was a member of the Reebok All-Star team...named one of the top 40 Indiana athletes by Gary Donna of Hoosier Basketball Magazine...set school records for points in a game (40), points in a single season (488), and career points (1,182)...led EHHS to a sectional championship in 2001. PERSONAL: Born March 9, 1983...daughter of Robert and Darlene Engleking.


CLARISSA GROSS #12
5'8"...Sophomore...Guard
Marion, Illinois (Marion/Findlay)
MAJOR: Undecided

TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from the University of Findlay where she recorded 5.1 points and 1.8 assists per game as a freshman in 2002-03. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Illinois, where she was an SICA All-South selection for four seasons...was named the Southern Illinois Player of the Year in 2001-2002...selected to the Nike All-State team...nominated for the McDonald’s All-America team... holds the MHS scoring record of 1,701 points and the assist record of 556 assists. PERSONAL: Born December 26, 1983...daughter of Ira and Sally Gross.


LEAH STORMONT #4
5'6"...Freshman...Guard
Haubstadt, Indiana (Gibson Southern)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gibson Southern High School where she was a three-time All-County performer...was a two-time All-Conference performer and was named to the Toyota All-Tournament team in 2002...helped GSHS to a 23-1 record and a Pocket Conference championship as a senior in 2002-03...helped lead GSHS to three conference titles as well as the Toyota Classic Championship in 2003...helped GSHS to sectional, regional, and semi-state championships as well as the IHSAA 3A State Championship game as a junior in 2001-02...GSHS was 24-5 in 2001-02...was an honor roll student at GSHS and earned Academic All-Conference honors for track...member of the Sunshine Society, pep club, student council, and the science club at GSHS.


JESSICA WILLIAMS #14
5'10"...Freshman...Guard/Forward
Princeton, Indiana (Princeton Community)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Princeton Community High School where she earned 12 letters in basketball, softball, and volleyball...averaged 16.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game as a senior...recorded game highs of 32 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds...earned All-Big 8 Conference and All-Country honors three straight years...was PCHS's MVP as a junior and senior...was named to the Hoosier Basketball Top 100 Team...selected to be on 17-under Hoosier All-Star Team...finished her career at PCHS with 1,028 career points...led PCHS with 12.9 points and 4.0 assists per game as a junior...grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2000-01...led PCHS in scoring as a sophomore and in assists as a freshman and sophomore...Member of the National Honor Society and was on the A-B Honor Roll for seven semesters...earned the Academic Award for Softball and Volleyball...earned All-Big 8 Conference and All-County honors as a senior in volleyball...earned All-County honors in softball.  PERSONAL: Born October 1, 1984...daughter of Mark and Pamela Williams.


LAUREN PARRISH #20
5'4"...Freshman...Guard
Shepherdsville, Kentucky (Mercy Academy)
MAJOR: Undecided

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky...KABC VII Region Player of the Year...named All-State by the Louisville Courier and Journal and the Herald Leader...a Kentucky Basketball Top 55 player, Parrish was nominated for the Ronald McDonald Team...made the Kentucky All-Stars and played in the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star game...Parrish is a two-time All-District and All-Region performer...helped Mercy Academy to district championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as the Northern Kentucky Classic Championship...averaged seven assists and four steals while shooting 49 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range...earned 10 varsity letters at Mercy Academy--four in basketball and three each in soccer and softball. PERSONAL: Born December 1, 1984...daughter of Sherry Parrish.


EMILY MEIER #44
6'2"...Freshman...Center
Mackinaw, Illinois (University)
MAJOR:
Public Relations and Advertising

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from University High School in Normal, Illinois where she earned first-team All-Area and All-Conference honors...was named third-team All-State by both the Champaign News Gazette and the Illinois Basketball Coaches' Association (I.B.C.A.)...averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while recording 52 blocked shots in 28 games for UHS as a senior...scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds in the I.B.C.A. State All-Star game...led UHS to a 24-4 overall record and a 10-0 record in the Corn Belt Conference...UHS won the State Farm Christmas Classic championship and a final AP and UPI State Ranking of third...also earned All-Tournament honors at the State Farm Christmas Classic...awarded the Mental Toughness Extra Effort Award...averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a junior...earned second-team All-Area and All-Conference honors as a junior in 2001-02. PERSONAL: Born April 24, 1985...daughter of Randy and Debbie Meier.

2002-03 Player Bios


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