January 22, 2009
Eagles overwhelm Tritons,
Pick up second straight win
at Southern Indiana (10-7, 3-5 GLVC): 92
Missouri-St. Louis (4-14, 1-8 GLVC): 73
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Six University of Southern Indiana women's basketball players reached double figures and another was just a bucket shy of double-digits as the Screaming Eagles toppled the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday evening at the Physical Activities Center.
The Eagles (10-7, 3-5 GLVC), who took over sole possession of third place in the GLVC West Division, swarmed the ball in the opening 20 minutes, turning defensive stops into opportunities on the offensive end.
"The way we guarded early really set the tone for us tonight," Head Coach Rick Stein said. "I thought we transitioned better offensively because we guarded better."
USI's defense forced the Tritons (4-14, 1-8 GLVC) into 14 first-half turnovers and the Eagles turned those miscues into points, 18 to be exact. The Eagles used runs of 18-4 and 9-0 to build a comfortable 44-24 advantage at the break.
Following the intermission, the Eagles shot 65.5 percent to hold off a Missouri-St. Louis squad that would not quit. The Tritons inched their way to within 15 points on several occasions, but the Eagles answered every time with three-pointers or easy buckets off the pick-and-roll.
"I thought we showed a lot of patience in our half-court offense," Stein said. "We made UMSL work really hard to guard us for 30 seconds.
"I can remember a lot of possessions where we made plays with 10 seconds on the shot clock because we had great patience," Stein continued. "I think we are at our best when we have our inside-outside attack working the way it did tonight."