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January 31, 2004

Eagles turnover chances at SJC

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RENSSELAER, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team had another opportunity to gain ground in the GLVC slip through its finger tips Saturday as the Screaming Eagles fell, 73-67, to Saint Jospeh’s College at the Richard F. Scharf Fieldhouse. The loss drops USI’s record to 13-6 overall and 7-6 in the GLVC, while the Pumas snap a six-game loosing streak to improve to 6-13 overall and 3-10 in the GLVC.

The Eagles, who have lost five straight games when playing on Saturday this season, led by six late in the first half, but a free throw and a lay-up late in the first half combined with a 7-0 run to follow the break put the Pumas up by four early in the second stanza.

USI could not recover from its scoring drought, which lasted five minutes, as foul trouble and turnovers prevented any sustained runs. As a team the Eagles committed 34 turnovers and committed 30 fouls as they fell for the second time in three games to a sub-.500 team.

“We didn’t make good decisions with the basketball tonight,” USI Head Coach Rick Stein said. “Plenty of times we were in transition and just throw it out of bounds. We would have someone open on the wing or the post and instead of throwing it to them we would throw it to Saint Joseph’s.

“You can’t take credit away from Saint Joseph’s because they had a good game plan,” Stein continued, “but for us to throw it away 34 times is just disappointing. To do that, especially on the road, we are just not going to have any chance to win the basketball game.”

The Eagles had two players foul out and three more players with four fouls as they sent the Pumas to the charity stripe 41 times. SJC scorched the Eagles from the line, connecting on 33 of those attempts.

Leading the Eagles in the loosing effort was senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and junior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana). Lindsey scored 13 points and had three assists, while Engleking recorded 12 points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) and freshman point guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) each had 11 points, while junior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) had 10 points before fouling out with a little over a minute to play in the contest.

SJC was led by junior center Courtney Rosenbaum, who went 7-of-7 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 21 points. Sophomore forward Rachel Theodore had 16 points in the win for the Pumas.

The Eagles will attempt to rebound Thursday, February 5, when they host Northern Kentucky University, in a 5:15 p.m. tip-off at the Physical Activities Center. USI will host #23 Bellarmine University Saturday, February 7, for homecoming.

Dan McDonnell,
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