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February 15, 2003

USI women’s basketball clipped by 14th-ranked Indianapolis

@#14 University of Indianapolis (21-2 overall, 14-2 GLVC): 74
University of Southern Indiana (7-16 overall, 5-11 GLVC): 66

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team wrapped up one of its toughest road trips of the season with a 74-66 loss to the 14th-ranked and Great Lakes Valley Conference front-running University of Indianapolis Saturday afternoon at Nicoson Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles fall to 7-16 overall and 5-11 in the GLVC while the Greyhounds improve to 21-2 overall and 14-2 in the GLVC.

Behind some hot shooting by senior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), the Eagles were able to grab a four-point lead with less than 12 minutes to play in the first half. Sherrod hit 6-of-7 shots, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, as she recorded 19 of her game-high 27 points in the first half. The performance lifted Sherrod into 20th all-time in career scoring (757) at USI.

Despite the hot shooting in the first period, the Eagles found themselves on the short end of a 13-0 run that put the Greyhounds up 29-21 with less than seven minutes to play in the opening frame. USI could not put together a run of its own as it went into the break facing a 43-34 halftime deficit.

After falling behind by 14 midway through the second half, the Eagles fought back to get to with in four points with just over three minutes to play in regulation. The Eagles had a chance to get even closer, but the Greyhounds closed the door on the comeback attempt by hitting seven of their last 11 free throw attempts.

For the game, the Greyhounds went 21-of-29 from the charity stripe while the Eagles converted 10-of-14 free throw attempts.

Both teams shot the ball well, but the Greyhounds hit 5-of-7 from behind the arc and outscored the Eagles 10-4 in second chance points. Indianapolis also edged USI, 30-26, on the boards.

Junior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and junior guard/forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) scored 10 and eight points, respectively, to follow Sherrod in the scoring column. Sherrod led the Eagles with eight rebounds.

Senior forward Kristen Lowry led the Greyhounds with 23 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Eagles will return home Thursday, February 20, to take on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a 5:15 p.m. tip-off at the Physical Activities Center. USI will close out its home schedule with Lewis University Saturday, February 22. That game will be Senior Day for the Eagles and game time is slated for 1 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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