January 07, 2004
Road will be tough test for USI women's basketball
When the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball schedule was released during the summer, the Screaming Eagles saw this weekend as its toughest road trip of the 2003-04 campaign.
That is due to the fact that USI will be traveling to Indianapolis to take on the defending GLVC champions, the University of Indianapolis, and to Highland Heights, Kentucky, to take on defending Great Lakes Regional champions and NCAA II finalists, Northern Kentucky University.
USI, which is receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top 25, enters Thursday night's 4:30 p.m. (CST) tip-off with the 19th-ranked Greyhounds of Indianapolis with a 10-2 record, 4-2 in the GLVC, after winning its last five games. The Eagles also are in a tie for third place in the GLVC and are a game ahead of Indianapolis, which enters Thursday evening's contest with a 9-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the GLVC.
Offensively, the Eagles will turn to a host of players, particularly junior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky), who leads the team with 15.8 points per game. Truitt led USI in its latest triumph, a 67-55 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, scoring 24 points, 20 coming in the first half.
The Eagles will need to have a balanced scoring attack if they hope to be successful against Indianapolis. Look for senior forwards Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) along with junior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) to provide that balance. Lindsey and Wells are second and third, respectively, on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg and 11.4 ppg while Engleking has scored in double figures in five of USI's last six games, raising her season average to 7.3 ppg.
At the point, freshman Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) has been a clutch performer this season. Parrish, who is averaging a steady 7.6 points per contest, has converted 42 of her last 44 free throws, including a 34-of-36 clip from the charity stripe in the second half of USI's last seven victories.
Leading the Greyhounds this season are junior guards Erin Moran and Amy Wisser as well as sophomore center Megan Dossen. Moran leads the team with 15.1 points per outing, while Wisser and Dossen are averaging 11.2 and 11.7 points per game, respectively.
On Saturday, the Eagles will face a Northern Kentucky team that has been a dominating force in the paint. The Norse, who are ranked 22nd in the latest top 25 poll, are out-rebounding the opposition 38.4 to 31.4.
NKU, which heads into Thursday night's game with Kentucky Wesleyan College with an 8-3 overall record and a 3-2 clip in the GLVC, is led by sophomore forward Sharrell Snardon and junior forward Connie Myers. Snardon is averaging a team-leading 16.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, while Myers is averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing.
Junior guard Nikki Perkins is adding 12.0 points per game.
USI, which has not won at Regents Hall since January 22, 1998, will tip-off with the Norse at noon (CST) on Saturday. The Eagles will return home Thursday, January 15, to take on Kentucky Wesleyan College.
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