January 10, 2009
Eagles fall to Bellarmine, 77-58,
First-half miscues hamper Eagles
at Bellarmine (10-4, 2-3 GLVC): 77
Southern Indiana (8-7, 1-5 GLVC): 58
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team turned out a solid second-half performance, but it was a first half filled with offensive miscues that hampered the Screaming Eagles and ultimately led to their 77-58 setback to Bellarmine University Saturday evening.
USI (8-7, 1-5 GLVC), which committed 15 first-half turnovers, most of which were unforced, trailed 15-2 early in the contest. The Screaming Eagles, however, stormed back with three consecutive three-pointers to cut the Knights' lead to four points with 12:25 to play in the opening stanza.
Bellarmine (10-4, 2-3 GLVC), however, reeled off 13 straight points to reclaim momentum as well as a commanding 28-11 edge. The Knights extended their lead to as many as 22 late in the first period, but a 5-0 USI run to end the half cut Bellarmine's lead to 39-17 at the intermission.
USI, which committed just five turnovers in the final period, chipped away at Bellarmine's lead throughout the early stages of the second half. The Eagles used an 8-0 run and a 5-0 spurt to pull within 48-40 with 11:19 to play in the contest, but a 6-0 Bellarmine run pushed USI's deficit back to double-figures and swung momentum back into the Knights' favor.
The Eagles cut the Knights' lead to 10 on a couple of occasions, but a 12-4 Bellarmine run pushed its lead to 70-52 with less than four minutes to play in the contest.