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December 26, 2003

Eagles finally coming home

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After one month and six games, the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team will finally get the chance to play in front of its home crowd when the Screaming Eagles host the University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars Monday, December 29. The 5:15 p.m. tip-off with the Prairie Stars also will be USI's last tune-up before returning to GLVC play Friday, January 2, when it host Lewis University.

During the past month, the Eagles, who went 4-2 during the six-game span, faced a four-game road trip in the span of eight days as well as a pair of games in Cancun, Mexico. In 2003-04, USI is a perfect 3-0 at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (7-2) is coming off a pair of victories in the Torneo Cancun De Basquetbol last weekend and will be looking to remain undefeated against non-conference opposition when it takes to the court Monday evening.

Leading the Eagles in their last two games was senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and junior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottsville, Indiana). Lindsey averaged 17.0 points per game en route to earning Tournament MVP honors, while Engleking averaged 15.0 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds as she earned All-Tournament honors.

Engleking has come on strong as of late. She has scored in double figures in USI's last three games and has averaged 6.0 rebounds per game during that same stretch. Her presence inside the paint is allowing USI's guards to take aim at shots from behind the arc, shots that USI's perimeter players have been making.

Lindsey drained a school-record six three-pointers in the second half of USI's 82-62 win over Assumption College, while junior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) recorded five three pointers in USI's last two games, including three in the first half of USI's 66-61 victory over #18 Arkansas Tech University. For the season, the Eagles are on a record-setting pace from behind the arc as they have converted 43.2 percent of their three-point attempts.

UIS (4-8) is no stranger to USI as the Eagles have played the Prairie Stars in each of the last two seasons. USI defeated the Prairie Stars 93-70 a year ago and 89-56 two seasons ago.

Leading the Prairie Stars is junior forward Zabrina Harper and junior guard Monique Edwards-Thames. Harper leads UIS with 10.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Edwards-Thames is adding 10.5 points per contest.

Fans that bring a non-perishable item to Monday's game will get a free bench seat for that game.

Dan McDonnell,
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