June 25, 2003
USI women’s basketball announces 2003-04 schedule,
Heading south for Christmas
The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team will tip-off their season with a home exhibition game against the St. Louis Gold Stars Friday, November 7, before starting their regular season against the MIAA’s Pittsburg State University Saturday, November 15.
USI will play its first three games at home, concluding with regional foes Hillsdale College Monday, November 17, and Oakland City University Tuesday, November 25.
Saturday, November 29, the Screaming Eagles will get their first crack at a tough GLVC schedule as they travel to Bellarmine University for the first of four straight road games. USI will play at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday, December 4, before traveling to take on Quincy University Saturday, December 6.
The Eagles will wrap up their road trip with a trip to Owensboro, Kentucky, to take on Kentucky Wesleyan College Saturday, December 13.
From Owensboro, USI will head south of the boarder to compete in the Torneo Cancun De Basquetbol in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, December 21, and Monday, December 22. Opponents in the tournament are to be announced at a later date.
Following the Christmas break, the Eagles will return home to take on the University of Illinois-Springfield Monday, December 29, before resuming GLVC play against Lewis University Friday, January 2.
After playing the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday, January 4, the Eagles will embark on what could be their toughest two-game road trip of the season. USI will visit the defending GLVC champion University of Indianapolis Thursday, January 8, before heading to Highland Heights, Kentucky, to take on the defending NCAA II Great Lakes Regional champs and NCAA II finalist Northern Kentucky University Saturday, January 10.
All together, the Eagles will play at least 10 of their 27 games, with the possibility of two more in Cancun, against teams that played in the NCAA II Tournament in 2002-03.
The Eagles will return home Thursday, January 15, to play Kentucky Wesleyan for the first game of a three-game home stand. A week later, USI will host Quincy before ending its three-game home stand when Southern Illinois University Edwardsville visits the PAC Saturday, January 24.
In all, the Eagles will play nine of their last 13 games in the friendly confines of the PAC.
After a two-game swing up north to take on the Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Joseph’s College, the Eagles will return home for a four-game stretch that features Northern Kentucky (February 5), Bellarmine (February 7), the GLIAC’s Wayne State University (February 11), and Missouri-St. Louis (February 14).
A two-game swing to Illinois will put an end to USI’s regular-season road schedule as the Eagles take on SIU Edwardsville (February 19) and Lewis (February 21). USI will host Saint Joseph’s (February 26) and Indianapolis (February 28) to end the 2003 regular season.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the city of Evansville and Roberts Stadium will host the GLVC Tournament, Wednesday, March 3 through Saturday, March 6. The 64-team NCAA II Tournament is slated to start Friday, March 12, with the Elite Eight running from Wednesday, March 24, through, Saturday, March 27, at the St. Joseph’s Civic Center in St. Joseph’s, Missouri.
In 2003-04, the Eagles will return nine players including seniors Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana). They also will benefit from the additions of eight newcomers, including Division I transfers Kennitra Johnson (New Albany, Indiana) and Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) as well as 2002-03 JUCO All-America Andrea Engleking (Charlottsville, Indiana).
The Eagles are under the direction of head coach Rick Stein. Stein, who was the 2000-01 GLVC “Coach of the Year,” has led the Eagles to two GLVC Tournament championships and a 4