November 15, 2008
Eagles fall to Abilene Christian in season-opener
Abilene Christian (1-0): 80
Southern Indiana (0-1): 53
AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team was held to 27.1 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from behind the arc as it suffered an 80-53 setback to a tough Abilene Christian University squad in its 2008-09 season-opener Saturday afternoon in the St. Edwards University Shootout.
USI (0-1) had trouble with Abilene Christian's inside presence throughout the game as the Wildcats out-rebounded the Screaming Eagles 49-39 and out-scored the USI 40-20 in the paint.
"We're going to have to do a better job of blocking out," Head Coach Rick Stein said. "They were a more physical team and they controlled the paint."
The Eagles found themselves in a closely-contested game eight minutes into the first half, but turnovers and missed opportunities cost the Eagles as Abilene Christian turned a 17-14 advantage into a 43-26 cushion in the last 11 minutes of the opening period.
"We played a really good team today," Stein said. "They are an experienced team that made us pay for every mistake we made.
"I can't tell you how many times we missed easy shots," Stein explained. "It seemed like we made half-a-dozen turnovers and missed half-a-dozen layups in the last 10 minutes of the first half."
The turnovers hampered the Eagles' efforts as the Wildcats (1-0), who shot 46.2 percent from the field, turned 20 USI miscues into 19 points, 12 of which came in the first half.