January 14, 2003
USI women's basketball looking for retribution,
Hosts #16 Bellarmine and #23 Northern Kentucky
Retribution will be on the mind of the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team this weekend when it hosts 16th-ranked Bellarmine University and 23rd-ranked Northern Kentucky University this Thursday and Saturday, January 16 and 18, at the Physical Activities Center in Evansville, Indiana.
The Screaming Eagles lost to Bellarmine, 61-59, back on December 2 of this season and to Northern Kentucky University, 69-66, in last season's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship. In both games, USI had a chance to tie the contest in the closing seconds.
Before the Eagles can think about retribution, however, they will need to think of a way to slow down two of the top teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Bellarmine enters Thursday's contest with an 11-3 mark, 6-1 in the GLVC, while the Norse of NKU enter this week's action with a 10-3 record, 6-2 in the GLVC.
If the Eagles are going to make a move, this weekend would be a nice time to make it. USI is 5-9 overall, 3-4 in the GLVC, and is currently in a three-way tie for fifth in the conference. A pair of wins this weekend could put the Eagles in the top four of the conference.
Coming off a 72-67 victory over the University of Missouri-St. Louis last Thursday, the Eagles will continue to rely on a trio of players for offensive leadership. Most notably is senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), whose 11 double-doubles are tops in the league. Sherrod is third in the GLVC with 15.0 points per game and leads the conference with 11.1 rebounds per outing.
Junior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and junior guard/forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) have both been producing for the Eagles. Lindsey, who has posted double-figures in 11-of-14 games, is second on the squad with 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Since joining USI's starting lineup five games ago, Wells has averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, including a 9-point, 8-rebound, 7-assist performance against Missouri-St. Louis. For the season, Wells is averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Bethany Miller (Princeton, Indiana) and sophomore guard Amber Calhoun (Evansville, Indiana) will be counted on to distribute the ball this weekend. Miller, who ranks fourth all-time at USI in career assists and fifth in career steals, is posting career numbers from the point this season. Her 5.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game are all career highs.
Calhoun has been gradually improving as well. In her last five games, she has averaged 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game, compared to just 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in USI's first nine games.
Bellarmine, which was ranked second in last week's regional poll, enters Thursday's contest led by four players that are all posting double figures in scoring.
Sophomore center Lyndsey Neal and senior guard Nickie Randall lead the Lady Knights with 14.6 and 13.6 points, respectively. Neal is second on the squad with 7.2 rebounds per contest while Randall leads the conference with 7.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
Senior forward Audrey Cannon leads Bellarmine with 9.1 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 13.0 points per game.
NKU, which is ranked fifth in the region, will look to ride the shoulders of sophomore forward Connie Myers and senior forward Amy Mobley. Myers is tied with Sherrod for third in the conference with a team-leading 15.0 points per game while Mobley is close behind with 14.4 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per outing.
Senior guard Bridget Flanagan is third on the squad with 13.5 points per contest.
Thursday's tip-off is slated for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off while Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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