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2004-05 Player Biographies

Returnees...

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

2003-04: Earned second-team All-GLVC honors in her first season with the Eagles...earned GLVC "Player of the Week" honors twice in the final three weeks of the season...was second in the GLVC with a team-leading 16.5 points per game...led the GLVC in conference-only games with 17.8 points per game...set a school record for made three-pointers (84) and attempted three-pointers (202) in a single season...led the GLVC in made three-pointers...her 64 made three-pointers in conference-only games were eight away from matching a GLVC single-season record...averaged a league-high 3.56 made three-pointers per contest in conference-only games...was third in the GLVC in free-throw percentage (.853) and seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (.416)...was 12th in the GLVC with 1.79 steals per game...scored a career-high 31 points against the University of Indianapolis and connected on a career-high seven three-pointers against the University of Missouri-St. Louis...recorded a career-high eight rebounds three times, while recording a season-high five steals twice, and four assists against Oakland City University...scored in double figures 24 times and had 20 or more points 11 times...named Academic All-GLVC.  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.

Career Statistics

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

03-04

28/27 160/369 .434 84/202 .416 58/68 .853 109 3.9 41 50 13 462 16.5 760

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

2003-04: Battled through a foot injury to average 9.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game...recorded a career-high 24 points in the season-opener against Pittsburg State University...earned co-GLVC "Player of the Week" honors for her efforts against Pittsburg State, which included five points in the final minute to seal USI's first victory of the season...had a season-best seven rebounds against Wayne State University, six assists against Lewis University in the GLVC Tournament, and five steals against Bellarmine University...scored 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half and overtime, against Quincy University in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament. 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.

Career Statistics

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

03-04

18/5 58/153 .379 24/74 .324 29/43 .674 48 2.7 55 40 6 169 9.4 21.4

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

2003-04: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...named to the Cancun de Basquetbol All-Tournament team after averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Assumption College and Arkansas Tech University...averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game...had a season-high 18 points against Lewis University and nine rebounds against Arkansas Tech. 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.

Career Statistics

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

03-04

30/18 84/150 .560 0/0 .000 35/50 .700 114 3.8 22 16 18 203 6.8 564

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

2003-04: Came on strong for the Eagles down the stretch, averaging 8.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in USI's final nine contests...averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in USI's first 21 games of the season...finished the season with 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest...recorded a season-high 15 points against Lewis University and a career-high 17 rebounds against Wayne State University...the 17 rebounds were the most by a USI player since February 1, 1996. 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...daughter of Brett and Kim Nelson...working toward her second degree after earning a bachelor's in international business in May of 2004.

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
03-04 30/7 58/108 .537 0/0 .000 35/56 .625 116 3.9 8 17 24 151 5.0 506
Total 57/17 115/221 .520 0/0 .000 71/108 .657 208 3.6 23 27 39 301 5.3 ---

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

2003-04: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...averaged 7.8 points and 4.7 rebounds as a sophomore and became a key factor in USI's return to the NCAA II Tournament...recorded her first career double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wayne State University...recorded a career-high five steals against Pittsburg State University and matched a career-high five assists twice...scored in double figures 11 times...had a GLVC career-high 15 points against SIU Edwardsville and a GLVC career-high eight rebounds three times. 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 in 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 9, 1984...daughter of Dan and Gail Green.

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
03-04 30/11 99/194 .510 5/14 .357 31/51 .608 140 4.7 59 50 19 234 7.8 619
Total 57/14 153/327 .468 5/22 .227 43/73 .589 232 4.1 85 74 36 354 6.2 ---

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

2003-04: Averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game as a freshman...recorded a career-high six points against the University of Illinois-Springfield, four rebounds against Assumption College, and four assists against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 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...earned All-Conference honors as a senior and All-County honors as a junior and senior in volleyball...was GSHS's MVP for volleyball...was a four-time All-Conference, All-County, and team MVP in track and field...was a state qualifier in the 1,600-meter relay as well as the 100 and 400 meters...helped GSHS's track and field team to sectional championships in 2000 and 2003 as well as a conference championship in 2003...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. PERSONAL: Born January 9, 1985...daughter of Michael Stormont and Donna Lowe.

Career Statistics

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

03-04

28/0 13/35 .371 6/19 .316 3/4 .750 32 1.1 20 19 0 35 1.3 301

Newcomers

TIARA BROWN #24
5'4"...Junior...Guard
Normal, Illinois (University/Lake Land)
MAJOR: Business Administration

TRANSFER: Transferring from Lake Land College where she helped lead the Lady Lakers to a two-year record of 43-22...finished 20th in the NJCAA II in assists per game (5.0) and was second on the squad with 12.3 points per contest as a sophomore in 2003-04...efforts led LLC to a 22-10 record and lifted her to All-Conference honors...helped the Lady Lakers to a 21-12 mark as a freshman in 2002-03 by averaging a team-high 4.9 assists to go along with 7.2 points per outing...overall, averaged 9.7 points , 4.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game during her two-year stint with the Lady Lakers...named the “Freshman of the Year” in 2002-03. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from University High School in Normal, Illinois, where she earned five varsity letters in basketball and track and field. PERSONAL: Born August 25, 1984...daughter of Hosaja and Faye Brown.


SABRINA BRANDON #34
5'11"...Junior...Forward
Danville, Illinois (Danville/Parkland)
MAJOR: Business

TRANSFER: Earned All-Conference, All-Region, and All-NJCAA II Tournament honors as a sophomore at Parkland College...averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during sophomore campaign...helped the Cobras to a 30-5 record and a 14-0 mark in the Central Illinois Conference...also helped lead Parkland to the Region XXIV championship and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA II Tournament, as well as a number one ranking in the NJCAA II in 2003-04...averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 29 contests and was voted Parkland’s most improved player as a freshman...helped lead the Cobras to the first of two straight conference championships in 2002-03. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Danville High School where she earned nine varsity letters in basketball, soccer, track and field, and volleyball...was the basketball team’s MVP and earned honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior and senior...averaged 14.2 points per game as a junior to help lead DHS to a regional championship and 12.6 points per contests as a senior...also earned All-Area honors in soccer and was a two-time team MVP in volleyball. PERSONAL: Born April 7, 1984...daughter of Dennis Watson and Gayle Mason.


NICOLE MCDONALD #10
5'6"...Freshman...Guard
Portage, Indiana (Portage)
MAJOR: Pre-Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Portage High School where she was an All-Area performer in 2003-04 and an All-Conference performer as a junior and senior...earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball during her career at PHS...was PHS’s most valuable player as a junior and a senior and earned the Coach’s Award as a sophomore. PERSONAL: Born May 25, 1985...daughter of James and Annette McDonald.


JESSICA GRIMALDO #12
6'1"...Freshman...Forward/Center
Carmi, Illinois (Carmi-White County)
MAJOR: Chemistry

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carmi-White County High School where she averaged 20.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and was named the Black Diamond Conference MVP as a senior in 2003-04...finished her career as CWCHS's second all-time leading scorer (1,576 pts) and rebounder (704 rbs)...averaged two assists and two steals per game in 2003-04...recorded a career-high 39 points in a single game...recorded the highest career field goal percentage (.630) in school history and was the first to score 600 points in a single season...also holds the school record for rebounds in a single season (294)...had 48 blocked shots as a senior and finished her career with 124 steals...averaged17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a junior in 2002-03...earned honorable mention All-State honors in 2002-03...entering her senior season in 2003-04, she was a two-time All-North Egyptian Conference performer as a sophomore and junior as well as a three-time All-Southeastern Illinois performer...also earned All-Southern Illinois honors as well as fourth-team accolades by the Illinois Girls Basketball Coaches’ Association in 2003...earned most valuable player honors at the Eldorado Tournament in 2002-03...holds the CWCHS season record for field goal percentage (.650) and is second on CWCHS’s list for points (509) and rebounds (229) in a single season...also is sixth all-time with 913 career points as well as seventh all-time with 410 career rebounds...averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2001-02...inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior. PERSONAL: Born October 6, 1985...daughter of Loren and Anita Minnick.


MARSHAY JOLLY #22
5'9"...Freshman...Guard
Merrillville, Indiana (Merrillville)
MAJOR: Business Administration

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Merrillville High School where she was a four-time team MVP as well as a four-time All-Duneland Athletic Conference selection...also was voted to the Tremendous 26 list as a senior in 2003-04...was second on the team with 10.8 points and third on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game during her senior season...shot 47 percent from the field to help lead MHS to a conference title and an 18-3 overall record, 13-1 in the DAC, in 2003-04...was a junior All-Star and was named the Prep Athlete of the Week in 2002-03...also was named the Player of the Week in January of 2002. PERSONAL: Born December 13, 1985...daughter of Napoleon and Mary Jolly.


BRITTANEY OETH #25
5'6"...Freshman...Guard
Mt. Vernon, Indiana (Mt. Vernon)
MAJOR: Marketing

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School where she was named to the All-Posey County team as a senior...led the team in scoring as a junior and senior and was MVHS’s MVP in 2004...also was named MVHS’s Newcomer of the Year in 2002 and the Mental Attitude Award winner in 2003...competed in volleyball where she was the school’s MVP in 2003...was a four-year honor roll student and a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) as well as the Art Guild and Student Council...also was a member of the Student against Drunk Driving (SADD) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). PERSONAL: Born March 6, 1986...daughter of Gregory and Melody Oeth.


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

2003-04: Redshirted. 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.


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