February 15, 2005
From top to bottom,
USI women facing tough battle
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Four games remain for the University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team to qualify for the GLVC post-season tournament. It will not be easy because all four games are on the road, starting with Thursday’s contest at Quincy University at 5:15 p.m.
The Screaming Eagles (12-11, 5-11 GLVC) have lost three straight games and are ninth in the league standings, a half-game behind Kentucky Wesleyan College and a full game behind Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Quincy (16-7, 13-3 GLVC) has won four straight games and enters Thursday’s contest as the top team in the GLVC. The Lady Hawks defeated the Eagles, 55-44, at the Physical Activities Center on January 22.
Jenny Wisser and Alex Wieser led the Lady Hawks with 12 points each, while former USI standout Jessica Stuckman added 11 points and eight rebounds in that game.
USI held Quincy without a field goal for the final 7:40 of the game in the first meeting. Junior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) and junior guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois) led the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while senior center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) chipped in eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Leading the Eagles for the season is senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky). Truitt, who has averaged 16.8 points in USI’s last four games, is averaging a team-high 14.4 points per contest. She ranks 20th at USI with 779 career points. Brandon is second on the team with 11.9 points per contest, while senior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) is third with 11.1 points per game.
Stuckman leads the Lady Hawks with a conference-best 18.3 points per game and is third in the league with a team-best 7.4 rebounds per outing.
On Saturday, the Eagles will take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tip-off is 1 p.m. at the Mark Twain Building in St. Louis.
UMSL (5-18, 2-15 GLVC) is last in the GLVC standings but has a history of knocking the Eagles out of the league tournament. Two years ago, the Eagles went into the Mark Twain Building needing a victory, on the last day of the regular season, to qualify for the post-season tournament and the Riverwomen upended the Eagles’ hopes, defeating USI 78-63.
Since that time, the Eagles have won three straight over the Riverwomen, including an 83-60 win at the PAC earlier this season. Truitt led the Eagles with 21 points in that contest, while senior Engleking and junior forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) chipped in 18 and 14 points, respectively. Green leads the Eagles with 5.5 rebounds per game.
Truitt has been dominating against the Riverwomen, averaging 23.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.6 three-pointers in three games against UMSL. Her play in those three contests has helped the Eagles to an average margin of victory of 22.7 points per game.
UMSL was led in its loss to the Eagles back in December by Courtney Watts and Megan Alberts. Watts, who is second on the team with 9.2 points per outing, scored a team-high 17 points, while Alberts added 10. Kali Birkey leads the Riverwomen with 14.5 points per contest.
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