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January 10, 2004

Eaglesí comeback attempt falls short,
USI women lose second consecutive game

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The University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team completed what might have been its toughest road trip of the season Saturday with an 83-74 loss to #22 Northern Kentucky University at Regents Hall in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The Screaming Eagles, who have lost five straight at Regents Hall, fall to 10-4 overall and 4-4 in the GLVC, while the Norse improve to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the GLVC.

A 20-4 run spurred the Norse to a 13-point lead midway through the first period. The Eagles had taken an early 3-point lead, but could not rebound as NKU built its lead to 32-14 with six minutes remaining in the opening half.

USI scored the first four points of the second stanza to cut NKUís 39-26 halftime lead to nine points. However, the Norse thwarted USIís comeback attempt as they strung off an 11-4 run that put the Eagles in a 16-point hole with 13 minutes remaining in the game.

Behind some sharp three-point shooting by junior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky), the Eagles made yet another comeback attempt, this time cutting their deficit to seven points on a pair of occasions. Senior forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) also converted a pair of three-point plays to keep the Eaglesí hopes alive late into the contest.

Truitt scored 18 of her team-high 22 points in the second half. She connected on four of her game-high five three-pointers in the second stanza. Wells also had a big second half, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the closing period.

Despite USIís efforts, foul trouble caught up with the Eagles as NKU converted on 30-of-38 free throws to seal its seventh straight victory. The Eagles committed 19-second half fouls and had two players foul out of the contest as they sent the Norse to the charity stripe 29 times in the second period.

In addition to Truitt and Wells, the Eagles also had double-figure scoring efforts from senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and sophomore guard Clarissa Gross (Marion, Illinois). Lindsey finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, and five steals, while Gross chipped in 10 points before fouling out of the contest with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.

Freshman point guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) also had another solid outing for the Eagles as she recorded a game-high four assists and six steals while committing just one turnover in 30 minutes of work.

NKU was led by junior forward Connie Myers, who finished with a team-high 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out of the contest with just over two minutes to play in the game.

USI will return home for a three-game homestand that features #13 Quincy University. The Eagles start their homestand Thursday, January 15, when they host Kentucky Wesleyan College in 5:15 p.m. tip-off.

Dan McDonnell,
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