October 30, 2006
Fans can see USI women's basketball exhibition for free
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana women's basketball fans will receive a free preview of the Screaming Eagles Friday at 7 p.m. when they host an exhibition game against the St. Louis Goldstars. Admission to the game is free of charge with general admission seating.
USI opens the 2006-07 regular season on the road at the University of Central Missouri November 15 and opens the home part of the schedule November 21 when it hosts the University of Illinois-Springfield. The USI-UIS contest has a 5:15 p.m. start time.
The Eagles return an experienced group of players, led by junior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and senior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin). Baines led the Eagles in scoring last season with 14.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg, while Thiesenhusen was second with 11.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg.
Senior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) returns to USI after redshirting last year with a shoulder injury. Brandon averaged 12.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg during her first season with the team in 2004-05.
USI also will want to capitalize on the experience of senior guard Leah Stormont (Haubstadt, Indiana) senior guard/forward Michelle King (Columbus, Indiana) senior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) junior guard Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana) and sophomore forward/center Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana).
New to the team is Division I transfer guard Akiya Alexander (Evanston, Illinois), who averaged 2.5 ppg in two seasons at the University of Wisconsin.
The Eagles start the year battling injuries to sophomore forward/center Jessica Grimaldo (Carmi, Illinois) and junior Division I transfer guard Missy Glaser (Evansville, Indiana). Glaser will miss two-to-four weeks with an injury to her left knee, while Grimaldo is questionable with ankle injury.
USI is in its eighth season under the direction Head Coach Rick Stein, who has amassed a record of 127-80 (.614). Stein is the second winningest head coach in the history of the program, just 32 victories behind Chancellor Dugan, who won 159 games in eight seasons.
Under Stein's direction, the Eagles are trying to return to the GLVC Tournament after missing it last season and return to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information