February 22, 2005
Eagles’ hopes come down to last weekend
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The post-season hopes of the University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team come down to one weekend and two games. The Screaming Eagles will play Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky, before concluding the 2004-05 regular season schedule Saturday at Knight’s Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, when they square off with Bellarmine University at 4:45 p.m.
USI’s top option would be to win both and go into the GLVC Tournament as the seventh seed. A loss on either night would ensure KWC a berth in the league tournament. Of course, a loss and a pair of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville victories would put the Cougars in the GLVC Tournament and leave the Eagles on the outside.
First thing is first, take care of business on Thursday evening and avenge a 67-63 home loss to KWC earlier this season.
The Eagles did everything they needed to do to beat the Panthers in the first meeting at the Physical Activities Center, except score more points. USI out-shot and out-rebounded the Panthers, but committed 27 turnovers, leading KWC to a 21-12 advantage in points off of turnovers.
It was the first victory for KWC against the Eagles since February 19, 1994, a streak that lasted 20 games.
USI (13-12, 6-12 GLVC) was led in that loss by junior forwards Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) and Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana). Brandon scored a team-high 18 points, while Green chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward/center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) scored nine points and grabbed a team-high 12 boards.
For the season, senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) leads the Eagles with 14.4 points per game. She is tied for 17th all-time at USI with 808 career points and is second on USI’s all-time list with 158 made three pointers.
KWC (12-14, 7-12 GLVC) was led in its victory by freshman guard/forward Laura McClintic’s 15 points. For the season, freshman forward LaTasha Henry and junior forward/center Mary Czarnecki lead the Panthers with 12.2 and 11.0 points per contest.
USI leads the all-time series with the Panthers, 37-22, but is just 16-33 all-time against its opponent on Saturday.
Bellarmine (18-7, 12-6 GLVC) also defeated the Eagles at the PAC, 84-80, earlier this season. The Knights had six players score in double figures, led by senior forward Lynne Johnson’s 15 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Princess Wimsatt finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and a game-high 13 assists.
Johnson leads four Knights that average double-figures in the scoring column with 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Angela Smith is chipping in 14.3 points per game, while Wimsatt is averaging 9.9 points and 7.0 assists per outing.
USI was led in the loss to Bellarmine by Brandon and junior guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois). Brandon had a game-high 23 points in the first meeting with the Knights, while Brown chipped in 19 points. Senior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The GLVC Women’s Basketball Tournament starts March 4, with the championship game being played March 6, at Roberts Stadium.
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