August 10, 2001
USI women’s basketball schedule features four from 2001 NCAA II Great Lakes Regional
The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team will face one of its toughest schedules ever when it tips off the 2001-02 season. This year’s schedule will feature a team from the 2001 Elite Eight and four teams from the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional.
The ball will be tossed up at center-court for the Screaming Eagles in Florida on November 9 as they play in Disney’s Division II Tip-Off Classic in Disney’s Wide World of Sports. USI will play the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the three-day tournament.
The Eagles will be looking for a rematch with Columbus State University, which is in the opposite bracket, for their Elite Eight loss in March.
The remainder of the 2001-02 non-conference schedule is no easier with contests at the Physical Activities Center with NCAA II Great Lakes Regional teams Michigan Tech University on November 19 and Northern Michigan University on December 18. USI will travel to Michigan to play Ferris State University on December 30.
Along with the crossover games with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Eagles will host Grace College (Indiana) on December 15 and the University of Illinois-Springfield on December 28.
USI will begin its defense of its Great Lakes Valley Conference crowns early, traveling to the University of Missouri-St. Louis on November 24 to start league play. The GLVC schedule also includes a home-and-home with Northern Kentucky University on December 8 in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and January 24 at the PAC and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on January 12 at the PAC and February 7 in Edwardsville, Illinois. NKU, which won the NCAA II crown in 2000, and SIUE were NCAA II Tournament teams a year ago.
The league schedule also includes a home-and-home series with always challenging Bellarmine University. The Eagles will host Bellarmine on January 26 and play in Louisville on February 21.
USI Head Coach Rick Stein, who needed only two seasons to lead the Screaming Eagles to its second NCAA II Elite Eight appearance, will be looking to repeat that success in 2001-02. Stein, who lost four seniors to graduation, still has plenty of weapons at his disposal for this season, returning eight letterwinners.
Leading the way is sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman, the 2001 GLVC Freshman of the Year who was third on the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg. She will be joined by a senior class which includes 2001 honorable mention All-GLVC point guard Jasmine Moore, who averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.8 assists senior forward Casey Hughes, who was fourth on the team with 10.9 ppg and senior forward Michelle Irwin (Louisville, Kentucky), who averaged 5.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
To replace some of the scoring punch lost from last spring’s graduation, Stein has added junior forward Sarah McIntosh, who averaged 20.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg at Kankakee Community College in 2000-01 junior forward/center Stacy Karzin, who is transferring to USI from Black Hawk College where she averaged 14.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, and 4.4 blocks a contest last season and junior forward/center Africa Sherrod, a transfer from Tallahassee Community College where she averaged 7.1 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
For a copy of the schedule go to: http://www.usi.edu/sports/Wbasket/wbasketsched.asp
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information