February 24, 2009
Two games remain, one spot left,
Eagles looking to clinch GLVC Tourney spot
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Two games remain on the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team's 2008-09 regular-season schedule. That means there are two chances left for the Screaming Eagles to secure the final spot in the GLVC Tournament.
A win at either Drury University, Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in Springfield, Missouri, or Rockhurst University, Saturday at 1 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri, would give the Eagles the third seed in the GLVC West Division. USI also would be the third seed with a Missouri University of Science & Technology loss to the University of Missouri-St. Louis Saturday.
The Eagles (14-11, 6-9 GLVC), who are a half-game ahead of Missouri S&T (13-12, 6-10 GLVC) for third place in the GLVC West Division, missed out on a chance to clinch a spot in the league's post-season tournament when they fell to the Miners, 85-82, last Saturday.
Still, the Eagles will have the tie-breaker in their favor should USI and Missouri S&T finish with matching records. That is due, in large part, to USI's 90-86 double-overtime victory over Drury two weeks ago.
By defeating the Panthers earlier this month, the Eagles will have no worse than a 1-3 record against the top two teams in the GLVC West Division, while Missouri S&T went 0-4 against the top two teams in the GLVC West Division. If USI and Missouri S&T finish with matching records, the descending order tie-breaker would be the next option to break the stalemate, which favors USI.
The Eagles will look to sophomore guards Ellen Young (Salem, Illinois) and Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) as well as senior forward/center Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana) this week.
Neuman has averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per appearance in USI's last nine games. She is currently third on the team with 10.4 points per game and leads the GLVC with 8.3 rebounds per contest.
Newhart also has been red-hot as of late, averaging 15.1 points and a little more than three assists per game in USI's last nine outings. She is currently ranked 19th in the GLVC with 11.8 points per game and is 14th in the league with a 1.10 assist-to-turnover ratio.
For the season, Young leads the Eagles and is 12th in the GLVC with 13.7 points per outing. She dropped in 22 points and had five assists in USI's win over Drury at the Physical Activities Center, while Neuman had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Drury (18-7, 12-3 GLVC) has won three straight games since losing to the Eagles and is 11-1 at home this season. The Panthers lead the all-time series with the Eagles, 5-2.
Junior guard/forward Lindsay Ballweg leads Drury with 15.0 points per game, while junior forward/center Melanie Oliver is chipping in 12.2 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per appearance. Ballweg had 24 points to lead the Panthers against USI earlier this season.
Rockhurst (9-18, 3-13 GLVC), which travels to the University of Illinois-Springfield Tuesday night, has struggled since defeating USI, 77-67, at the PAC last month. The Hawks have lost seven straight decisions since their win over USI and fallen out of what was once a three-way race for the third seed in the GLVC West Division.
Senior guard/forward Amy Hake and senior forward Julie Cook lead the Hawks with 14.9 and 11.4 points per game, respectively. Cook leads the Hawks with 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Neuman led the Eagles with 27 points and 14 rebounds in their loss to Rockhurst, while Cook had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Hawks. USI leads the all-time series 6-2, and is 5-2 against Rockhurst since 2000.
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