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January 22, 2004

Eagles survive surge to upend #10 Quincy

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team survived a second-half surge to upset #10 Quincy University, 81-66, Thursday evening at the Physical Activities Center. The win is the Screaming Eagles’ first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating #6 Northern Kentucky University in the 2002 GLVC Tournament Championship.

USI (12-4, 6-4 GLVC) shot 50 percent from the floor and forced 15 turnovers in the first period as it grabbed a 13-point advantage at the break. The Eagles used a 12-4 run midway through the opening stanza to jump out to the 43-30 halftime lead.

Despite the success in the first period, the Eagles found themselves in foul trouble as sophomore forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) and sophomore guard Clarissa Gross (Marion, Illinois) each recorded four fouls within the first 21 minutes of the contest.

With out two of USI’s key players in its line up, the Lady Hawks took advantage by opening the second period with a 14-0 run that gave them their first lead of the contest (44-43) with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Down by three with under 13 minutes to play, the Eagles answered with a 16-2 run of their own to capture a 61-50 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the contest.

Junior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Indiana) started the run with seven straight points, while fellow classmate Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) put the finishing touches on the spurt with a bucket and a three-pointer. Engleking finished the contest with 15 points, while Truitt scored 15 second half points to finish with a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Green, who collected all four of her fouls in the first period, scored all 10 of her points in the second half, including four points during USI’s 16-2 run. She also collected seven second half rebounds to match Truitt’s game-high eight rebounds.

USI, which out-rebounded Quincy 22-12 in the second stanza, used another 7-0 run to put the game out of reach for the GLVC front-running Lady Hawks.

Other notable performances for the Eagles included senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and freshman point guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky). Lindsey finished with 12 points, all of which came in the first period, while Parrish rang up eight points and a game-high seven assists. Junior guard Kennitra Johnson (New Albany, Indiana) came off the bench to score six points and record five assists in her first game back since a foot injury sidelined her for the last eight games.

Quincy (14-3, 8-2 GLVC) was led by senior forward Lisa Farrell and senior guard Tiffany Kelver. Farrell finished with a team-high 18 points, while Kelver tapped in 16 points. Former USI standout Jessica Stuckman finished with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. She had eight points and 11 rebounds at the break.

USI, which put an end to Quincy’s 11-game winning streak, will take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday, January 24, at the PAC. SIUE (8-10, 3-8 GLVC) has lost six straight games after falling to Kentucky Wesleyan College, 53-47, Thursday night in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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