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January 07, 2003

USI women's basketball looking to stop slide,
Hosts Missouri-St. Louis in GLVC action

Game Notes

For the first time since the 1992-93 season, the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team has found itself in the midst of a five-game loosing streak. The Screaming Eagles (4-9 overall, 2-4 GLVC) will have a chance to stop the slide when they host the University of Missouri-St. Louis this Thursday, January 9, at the Physical Activities Center.

Shooting has hurt the Eagles during their current slump. USI is shooting just 37.1 percent from the floor, including a dismal 19.7 percent from behind the arc.

Prior to its five-game loosing streak, the Eagles strung together three straight wins. During that streak, USI shot 53.0 percent from the floor and 45.0 percent from three-point range.

USI's assists also have been a telling sign from its successes and shortfalls. The Eagles are averaging 23.3 assists in their victories compared to just 12.0 assists in their losses.

Two of the things USI has done well this season is rebound and play defense. The Eagles are out-rebounding the competition this season, 41.0 to 38.3 and have controlled the battle of the boards in nine of their 13 contests this season, drawing even on the boards in another game.

Senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) is having a banner year on the boards. She leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 11.2 rebounds per game. Combined with her scoring outputs, Sherrod has posted a conference-best 10 double-doubles this season. Sherrod leads the Eagles and is fourth in the GLVC with 14.7 points per game.

USI has had little problem with its defense either. The Eagles are holding the opposition to 39.5 percent shooting and 68.0 points per contest.

Junior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) leads a squad that ranks first in the conference in blocked shots (4.46 bpg). Lindsey, who is second amongst Eagle scorers with 13.8 points per game, is tied for the conference lead with 18 blocks on the season.

UMSL, which enters Thursday's contest with a 7-4 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the GLVC, is led by sophomore guard Ebonie Halliburton and senior guard/forward Christy Lane. Halliburton leads the Riverwomen with 12.6 points per game while Lane is close behind with 12.4 points per outing. Senior forward/center Jessica Woods leads UMSL with 6.7 rebounds per contest.

Tip-off is for Thursday night's game is slated for a 5:15 p.m. contest. The Eagles will practice from 10 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday.

Dan McDonnell,
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