January 21, 2003
USI women's basketball looking to continue improved play
The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team will be looking to continue its improved play this weekend when it travels to Rensselaer, Indiana, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, to take on Saint Joseph's College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
After splitting a pair of home games with 20th-ranked Bellarmine University and 22nd-ranked Northern Kentucky University, the Screaming Eagles have reason to believe a turnaround is not far away. USI (6-10 overall, 4-5 GLVC) shot 47.1 percent from the floor, including 38.5 percent from behind the arc, and averaged 86.0 points per game last week.
Their efforts netted a 90-72 victory over Bellarmine last Thursday. Despite losing, 98-82, to NKU on Saturday, the Eagles out-rebounded the Norse 41-27.
If the Eagles are to continue their improvement, they must improve their play on the road. USI is 1-5 on the road this season and is averaging 19.1 points a game less than that of what it averages at the Physical Activities Center.
Another pair of performances, like the two senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Floirda) provided last week, could help the Eagles turn around their road woes. Sherrod had career games last weekend when she averaged 35.0 points and 13.0 rebounds against Bellarmine and NKU. She leads the team and is third in the GLVC with 17.5 points per game while her 11.3 rebounds and 13 double-doubles are both conference highs.
Two players the Eagles would like to see continue their solid play is junior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and junior guard/forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana).
Lindsey is tied for the conference lead with 15 blocked shots and is second on the squad with 13.6 points per game. Lindsey averaged 14.5 points per game last week and recorded three blocked shots. Since joining USI's starting lineup, Wells has averaged 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.
Up first this week is a rematch with Saint Joseph's on Thursday, January 23. USI toppled the Lady Pumas, 93-69, at the PAC earlier in the season and will be looking to win their seventh straight over SJC.
Lindsey and sophomore forward/center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) led USI with 24 and 21 points, respectively. Nelson also brought down 11 rebounds. Sherrod dished in 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
SJC (8-8 overall, 5-4 GLVC) was led by junior forward Heather Allen and senior guard Karin Morrisroe. Allen recorded 21 points and nine rebounds while Morrisroe went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to post 10 points.
For the season, Allen leads the Lady Pumas with 14.5 points and 5.9 rebound per game. Sophomore forward/center Courtney Rosenbaum is second on the squad with 10.2 points per game while Morrisroe is third on the team with 10.1 points per contest.
The Lady Pumas have won three straight games, including a pair of road wins at SIU Edwardsville and Quincy University last weekend.
On Saturday, January 25, the Eagles will try to continue their dominance over Wisconsin-Parkside. The Eagles have won all 14 meetings in the all-time series with the Lady Rangers, including all three games in 2001-02.
UWP (7-9 overall, 3-6 GLVC) is led by sophomore forward Sammy Kromm and senior guard Jamie Nebel. Kromm is second in the conference with 18.4 points per game while Nebel is second amongst UWP scorers with 11.6 points per outing.
Sophomore guard Carrie Weir is averaging 10.3 points per game while fellow classmate Jen Braier is second in the league with 9.6 rebounds per contest.
After dropping four straight, the Lady Rangers topped Lewis University on the road last Thursday before falling at SIU Edwardsville in overtime this past Saturday.
Thursday's game will tip-off at 5:15 p.m. and can be heard via the internet at www.usi.edu/wswi/onair.html. Saturday's game will start at 1 p.m. a