December 31, 2003
Eagles returning to GLVC action
It has been nearly a month since the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team last tasted GLVC action. That drought will come to a close Friday evening when the Screaming Eagles host Lewis University in a 5:15 p.m. tip-off at the Physical Activities Center.
After three straight victories, the Eagles are looking for a bit of redemption after falling to Lewis twice in 2002-03. However, the 2002-03 season is looking like a distant memory as the Eagles are off to a much faster start, winning eight of their first 10 contests in 2003-04.
USI also is looking to make a move in the conference standings as it enters with a 2-2 mark in the GLVC and faces a Lewis squad that is 3-1 in the GLVC, but just 6-5 overall. The Flyers' mark has them in a four-way tie for first in the GLVC.
Since their last GLVC contest, a 92-64 setback at #17 Quincy University, the Eagles have added a few new dimensions to their arsenal.
Junior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) is averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in USI's last four games. Engleking averaged just 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in USI's first six outings in 2003-04.
Leading the Eagles in 2003-04 is junior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) as well as senior forwards Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) and Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois). Truitt is averaging a team-best 15.4 points per game, while Lindsey and Wells are chipping in 12.0 and 11.5 points, respectively.
Freshman point guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) also has become a major factor for the Eagles. Parrish, who is pouring in 6.8 points and 3.3 assists per game this season, is averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 steals during USI's three-game winning streak.
Lewis is led by a trio of players that are scoring in double figures. Freshman forward Darcee Schmidt is averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while freshman guard/forward Mary Moskal is averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per outing. Senior forward Bryanne Callahan is chipping in 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
On Sunday, January 4, the Eagles will wrap up their three-game homestand with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at the PAC.
UWP enters its game at Kentucky Wesleyan College Friday night with a 5-4 record and a 2-1 mark in the GLVC. Junior Sammy Kromm leads the Lady Rangers with 14.8 points per game, while junior guard Carrie Weir and sophomore guard Carrie Schieve are averaging 13.7 and 13.2 points, respectively. Junior guard Jen Braier is chipping in 9.4 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds per outing.
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