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October 14, 2003

USI women’s basketball picked fifth in GLVC preseason poll

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in a poll done by the league’s coaches. The Screaming Eagles are coming off an 8-19 campaign that saw them finish ninth in the GLVC with a conference mark of 6-14.

There is reason to believe, however, that the Eagles will bounce back in 2003-04. USI returns six players in addition to eight newcomers, including NCAA Division I transfers Kennitra Johnson (New Albany, Indiana) and Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky).

Leading the list of returnees are senior forwards Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana).

In 2002-03, Lindsey was USI’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points to go along with 5.1 rebounds per contest. Lindsey had a season-high 25 points against the University of Illinois-Springfield and scored in double-figures 19 times, scoring 20 or more points twice.

Wells, the 2002-03 GLVC “Paragon Award” winner for the league’s top female student-athlete, made the transition from volleyball to basketball in 2002-03, becoming a starter after seven games. As a starter, Wells averaged 8.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. She was the GLVC’s “Player of the Year” for volleyball.

Following USI in the poll was Saint Joseph’s College, which tied with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for sixth Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which was tabbed to finish eighth and Lewis University, which was picked ninth. Kentucky Wesleyan College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis were tied for 10th in the poll.

Quincy University, a GLVC and NCAA II Regional Tournament finalist from a year ago, receive nine first-place votes to be the overwhelming favorite to win the GLVC crown in 2003-04. Northern Kentucky University, an NCAA II National finalist last season, received two first-place votes, while last season’s GLVC regular season and tournament champion, the University of Indianapolis, was picked third.

Bellarmine University nudged USI for fourth place in the poll after receiving 71 points. The Eagles received 69 points in the preseason poll.

USI will start its 2003-04 campaign with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Gold Stars, Friday, November 7, at the Physical Activities Center.

Dan McDonnell,
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