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February 28, 2004

Truittís career-high leads USI womenís basketball to victory,
Eagles entering GLVC Tournament as fifth seed

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.óJunior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) scored a career-high 31 points to lead the University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team to an 86-68 victory over the University of Indianapolis Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center.

Truitt connected on 12-of-23 shots, including 6-of-11 from behind the arc, as she broke the USI single-season record for three-pointers (78).

As a team, the Screaming Eagles (19-8, 12-8 GLVC) shot 53.1 percent from the field and outscored the Greyhounds 40-22 inside the paint. Senior forward Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) helped USIís presence underneath as she finished the game with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Freshman guard Lauren Parrish (Shepherdsville, Kentucky) added nine points and four assists, while senior forward Shajuan Lindsey (Midlothian, Illinois) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

In the first period, the Eagles, who trailed just one time during the contest, put together a 15-2 run to build a commanding 28-14 lead. USI finished the opening 20 minutes with a 36-28 lead after holding the Greyhounds to just nine field goals.

Indianapolis (20-7, 14-6 GLVC) cut USIís lead to one point early in the second half, but a 38-18 run that lasted nearly 12 minutes put the Eagles up by 21 (77-56) with less than five minutes to play.

USIís win combined with the University of Wisconsin-Parksideís loss at Quincy University means that the Screaming Eagles will enter the GLVC Tournament Thursday, March 4, as the fifth seed and will play the fourth seed, Lewis University.

Tip-off for USIís first-round game with Lewis is to be announced. Other first-round match-ups in the GLVC Tournament include the top seed, Quincy, and the eighth seed, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Bellarmine University, the second seed, will take on Wisconsin-Parkside, the seventh seed, and Indianapolis, the third seed, will take on Northern Kentucky, the sixth seed.

The Eagles will be looking to keep their six-game winning streak in the GLVC Tournament alive.

Dan McDonnell,
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