December 06, 2008
Second-half woes continue as Eagles fall to Rangers
at Wisconsin-Parkside (2-4, 2-0 GLVC): 75
Southern Indiana (4-4, 0-2 GLVC): 67
SOMERS, Wis.—For the second straight game, the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team saw a halftime lead fall by the wayside as it fell to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 75-67, Saturday afternoon.
USI (4-4, 0-2 GLVC) led by as many as 17 in the first half and six at the break, but poor shooting in the second half and a tough day on the glass allowed the Rangers to climb back into the game.
After watching UW-Parkside (2-4, 2-0 GLVC) turn a 42-36 halftime deficit into a 44-44 tie, the Screaming Eagles looked like they had overcome the surge as they reeled off six straight points to take a 50-44 lead with 15 minutes to play in the game.
The Eagles extended their advantage to 54-46 three minutes later, but a 16-0 Wisconsin-Parkside spurt turned the tables on the Eagles and gave the Rangers their first lead of the contest.
"These 10-0 runs are not going to get it done for us," Head Coach Rick Stein said in his post-game interview with WSWI's Nick Mellinger. "We can't call timeouts every time a team starts a run. We are just going to have to find a way to get a little bit tougher."
USI, which shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the first period, dominated the early portion of the game as it connected on 13 of its first 19 shots to race out to a 35-18 advantage with six minutes to play in the first half.
The Rangers, however, staged an 18-5 push to cut the Eagles' lead to four points before USI settled on the six-point halftime cushion.