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December 05, 2002

First half troubles USI women’s basketball

University of Indianapolis (4-1 overall, 2-1 GLVC): 73
@ University of Southern Indiana (1-4 overall, 1-2 GLVC): 56

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team dropped its 2002-03 home-opener Thursday night at the Physical Activities Center in Evansville, Indiana, falling to the University of Indianapolis 73-56. The Screaming Eagles fall to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while the Greyhounds improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the GLVC.

USI shot just 25.0 percent from the floor as it went into the break facing a 20-point deficit. The Eagles committed 18 turnovers and scored just 19 points in the first stanza.

After struggling to gain any momentum in the first stanza, the Eagles picked up the intensity to start the second half. The Eagles opened the frame with a 10-2 run, cutting the Indianapolis lead down to 12 (41-29).

USI protected the ball better in the second stanza, committing just seven turnovers.

However, the Greyhounds shot 48.0 percent from the floor and connected on 8-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half to hold off the Eagles’ run. Indianapolis shot 51.7 percent from the floor in the first half to jump out to the 39-19 halftime lead.

USI was led by senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Sherrod put up 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) scored 10 points in the loosing effort.

The Greyhounds were led by sophomore guard Amy Wisser and senior forward Kristen Lowry. Wisser scored a game-high 16 points while Lowry recorded 12 points and a team-leading six rebounds.

USI will try to get back on track this Saturday, December 7, when it plays host to Saint Joseph’s College. Tip-off is slated for a 1 p.m. tip-off at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information Assistant

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