February 21, 2008
Eagles nipped by buzzer,
Fall to SIU Edwardsville, 62-59
at SIU Edwardsville (16-9, 9-8 GLVC): 62
Southern Indiana (9-15, 4-12 GLVC): 59
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.—Trailing by a point with less than 30 second to play in the game, the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team had the ball and a shot to grab a victory away from host Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Thursday evening.
The Screaming Eagles (9-15, 4-12 GLVC), however, could not get the ball to fall through the net on a pair of shots in the final 10 seconds as the Cougars held on for a 62-59 victory at the Vadalabene Center.
USI, which trailed 36-32 at the break after falling behind by as many as 10 points in the opening period, used a 5-0 run early in the second half to take a brief one-point lead.
After a pair of lead changes, SIU Edwardsville (16-9, 9-8 GLVC) used a 10-2 run to build its largest advantage (48-41) of the second period with less than 14 minutes to play.
The Eagles battled back again, erasing the Cougar's seven-point lead and tying the contest at 53-53 with six minutes to play and again at 55-55 a minute later.
A 5-0 run put the Cougars up 60-55 with 3:20 to play in the game, but a pair of buckets by senior forward Jasmine Baines
(Jeffersonville, Indiana) brought the Eagles back to with in a point heading into the final minute of regulation.
Following a defensive stand, the Eagles got the ball back with less than 30 second to play in the game. Baines got a shot off in the final 10 seconds as did junior guard Brittany Darden
(Guthrie, Kentucky), but both shots bounced off the rim, with the latter of the two shots falling into the hands of SIUE senior guard Amy Austin, who was immediately fouled.
Austin sank both free throws in the final second of the contest and the Eagles could not get another look at the basket as time expired.
"I thought we played extremely hard," Head Coach Rick Stein
said following the game. "The effort we gave and how hard we fought, I thought the girls deserved to win the game.
"We got two great looks at the end of the game, but the ball bounced around about a dozen times and just didn't fall," Stein continued. "I thought we did a lot of good things tonight."
As a team, the Eagles out-shot the Cougars 43.6 percent to 41.8 percent in the game, including 41.4 percent to 36.0 percent in the second half. It marked the ninth time in the last 11 outings that the Eagles have out-shot the opposition.
Baines, who moved into seventh place all-time at USI in career scoring (1,164), led the Eagles with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Amie Newhart
(Mulberry, Indiana) finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Darden and junior forward/center Ninette Evans
(Memphis, Tennessee) chipped in 10 and 12 points, respectively.
Senior guard/forward Amber Shelton led the Cougars with 17 points, while senior guard Whitney Sykes added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles finish their 2007-08 road slate Saturday at 1 p.m. when they visit Quincy University. The Hawks (16-8, 11-5 GLVC) have won two straight, including a 98-82 decision<