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February 13, 2003

USI women’s basketball falls at Northern Kentucky

@ #21 Northern Kentucky University (17-4 overall, 13-3 GLVC): 87
University of Southern Indiana (7-15 overall, 5-10 GLVC): 62

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team fell to 21st-ranked Northern Kentucky University, 87-62, Thursday evening at Regents Hall in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles fall to 7-15 overall and 5-10 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while the Norse improve to 17-4 overall and 13-3 in the GLVC.

USI fell behind early and could not get back into the contest as the Norse shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the floor, 50 percent (5-of-10) from behind the arc, and nailed down 10-of-12 free throws in the first stanza. The Eagles turned the ball over 12 times and were out-rebounded 20-8 as they went into the break facing a 47-33 halftime deficit.

NKU used an 18-2 run midway through the second stanza to blow the game wide open. The Norse hit 16-of-31 shots (51.6 percent) in the second period as they went onto their 15th consecutive home win.

The 25-point deficit was the worst USI loss since losing by 29 points at Northern Kentucky during the 1999-2000 season. It is the first time since the 1992-93 campaign that the Eagles have lost 15 games in a single season.

Leading the way for the Eagles was senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and junior guard/forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana). Sherrod was 6-of-11 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long range, as she put up a team-high 14 points.

Wells, who was questionable coming into the game, came off the bench to score 11 points. Freshman forward/center Hollie Johnson (Bedford, Indiana) and senior guard/forward Sarah McIntosh (Cabery, Illinois) each added nine points. The scoring effort was a season-high for Johnson.

Senior guard Bridget Flanagan and senior forward Amy Mobley led five NKU players that scored in double figures. Flanagan put up a game-high 22 points while Mobley followed with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

The Eagles will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take on the GLVC-front runner and 14th-ranked University of Indianapolis this Saturday, February 15. Tip-off is slated for noon.

Dan McDonnell,
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