November 28, 2007
Eagles prepare for GLVC opener,
Receiving votes in Top 25 poll
Game Notes (pdf.)
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team is making preparations for its GLVC opener Saturday against Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tip-off is slated for 5:15 p.m. at the Sportscenter.
USI (3-0, 0-0 GLVC) is receiving votes in the first regular-season USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll after opening the season with three straight victories for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.
A win Saturday against the arch-rival Panthers would give the Screaming Eagles their first 4-0 start since opening the 2000-01 season with 10 straight victories.
One of the many reasons for the Eagles' early improvement has been their ability to shoot the ball. USI leads the GLVC with a shooting percentage of .541 and a three-point shooting percentage of .538. The Eagles, who also are leading the conference in scoring at 88.7 points per game, boast one of the league's toughest defenses as they have held the opposition to a league-low .362 shooting percentage.
Leading the way for the Eagles is senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana), the GLVC Player of the Week. Baines leads the conference with 23.3 points and 2.7 blocks per game and is tied for seventh in the conference with a team-high 7.0 rebounds per contest.
USI's depth in the backcourt also has been a major asset throughout the young season as it boasts a trio of guards that are averaging double-digits in the scoring column.
Junior guards Brittany Darden (Guthrie, Kentucky) and Carly Clendenen (Anderson, Indiana) are eighth and 21st, respectively, in the conference in scoring. Darden is second on the team with 15.3 points per game, while Clendenen is averaging 12.0 points per outing. Darden also is the league's most efficient three-point shooter, having connected on all six of her attempts from behind the arc.
Freshman guard Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) also is averaging 10.0 points per game in addition to her team-leading 3.7 assists per contest. Newhart is tied for 11th in the league in assists and is 11th assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38).
USI leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan, 39-23, and is 12-2 against the Panthers since 2000 after winning last season's contest, 73-66, at the Physical Activities Center.
Kentucky Wesleyan (1-2, 0-0 GLVC) is battle-tested, having played three GLIAC teams early in the year. The Panthers, who are coming off a difficult 73-69 setback at Ferris State University, have already knocked off regional-powerhouse Grand Valley State University in their first game of the year.
Like the Eagles, the Panthers were tabbed to finish third in their division and are looking to start the conference season off on the right foot.
They will turn to freshman forward Amanda Harnist and senior forward LaTasha Henry, who are tied for the team-lead with 12.7 points per contest. Henry leads the GLVC with 14.0 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard Laura McClintic is chipping in 11.7 points and a team-high 3.00 steals per game, good enough for fourth in the GLVC rankings.
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