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February 26, 2005

USI falls in overtime, 95-89

Southern Indiana (14-12, 7-12 GLVC): 89
@Bellarmine (19-7, 13-6 GLVC): 95 (ot)

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ó The University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team lost a hard-fought overtime game to Bellarmine University, 95-89, Saturday evening in Louisville, Kentucky. USI finishes the regular season 14-13 overall and 7-13 in the GLVC, while Bellarmine raises its record to 20-7 overall, 14-6 GLVC.

Despite the loss, the Screaming Eagles will be the number seven seed in the GLVC Tournament and play second-seeded Lewis University March 4 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Stadium.

The Eagles and the Knights played dead even basketball with both team tying a half with a three-point field goal in the final second. USIís senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) hit a three-point shot with one second remaining in the first half to send the game into intermission tied, 37-37, while Bellarmine freshman guard Angela Smith sent the game into overtime, 80-80, with a long-range bomb with one second to play.

In overtime, USI jumped out to an 84-80 lead on a lay-up by junior forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) and a jumper by junior guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois). Bellarmine fired back with seven straight points to take control for good at 87-84. USI would get back to within one point at 87-86 with 1:41 left and 91-89 with 29 second remaining.

USI senior forward Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) led the Eagles with 24 points, while junior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) dropped in 21 points. Brandon deposited a season-high three three-point field goals after scoring just two all season before tonightís action. Truitt rounded out the double-figure scorers with 15 points.

The teams were tied in the rebounding column with 40 each. Green and Truitt led the Eagles with eight and seven rebounds, respectively.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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