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February 11, 2004

Career efforts lift Eagles to 400th victory

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Three players scored 17 points to help the University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team record an 89-74 victory over Wayne State University Wednesday night at the Physical Activities Center. The win also is the Screaming Eagles’ 400th victory in the 29-year history of the women’s basketball program.

USI (15-7) used a 9-0 spurt to take a 24-14 lead midway through the first half. Senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) and sophomore forward Ashley Green (Midlothian, Illinois) combined for 15 points in the first period as the Eagles pushed their lead to 11 on four different occasions.

WSU (9-12) countered the Eagles attack with a 10-1 run to finish the half and cut USI’s lead to 40-38 at the break.

Despite the Warriors’ efforts, the Eagles put together a 27-13 run that lasted nearly 10 minutes of the second period to put the game away. USI, which never trailed during the contest, pushed its lead to as many as 17 on two different occasions before finishing with the 15-point decision.

“We talked about how big of a region match this is,” Head Coach Rick Stein said. “A region win is huge for us right now as far as our schedule is concerned. We beat a good team.”

Leading the charge for the Eagles was the combination of Green, Lindsey, junior guard Jaime Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky), and junior center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois). Green, Lindsey, and Truitt all had 17 points, while Nelson recorded a career and USI season-high 17 rebounds. Green finished with a career-high 10 rebounds, marking her first career double-double and the first time this season a USI player has recorded a double-double.

“We talked about our post play tonight and how important it was, not only to make some baskets, but to control the paint with rebounds,” Stein explained. “Those two (Green and Nelson) stepped up big time for us tonight.”

Freshman point guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) added six points and seven assists, while junior guard Kennitra Johnson (New Albany, Indiana) chipped in six points, five assists, and seven rebounds.

WSU was led by senior guard Jodi Young and sophomore forward Kristen Rogers. Young, who entered the contest as the Great Lakes Region’s leading scorer at 22.1 points per contest, finished with 16 points, while Rogers added 13.

The Eagles, who moved to seventh in the latest NCAA II Great Lakes Region rankings, will host the University of Missouri-St. Louis this Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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