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November 23, 2004

Six score in double-figures in USI rout

USI 91, Robert Morris 42

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Six players scored in double figures as the University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team cruised to a 91-42 victory over Robert Morris College Tuesday night at the Physical Activities Center.

Freshman forward Jessica Minnick (Carmi, Illinois) led the way with 22 points, while senior forward/center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) added 15 points as the Screaming Eagles raised their record to 3-0 for the second consecutive year.

Down 6-2 early in the contest, the Eagles used a 25-7 run to blow the game open. Five players had at least five points, three of which had eight, in the opening period as USI extended its lead to 22 points (43-21) by halftime.

“It was definitely a team effort out there,” Head Coach Rick Stein said. “We had a lot of extra passes out there. Kids were passing up on shots to get better looks at the basket and we ended up with 27 assists.”

It showed as the Eagles shot 48.6 percent from the floor despite shooting a dismal 17.6 percent in 17 attempts from behind the arc.

Minnick benefited from the passes, particularly in the second half as she connected on six field goals for 14 points. “Jessica’s starting to feel more comfortable in our system,” Stein explained. “From 15 feet in, she’s a finisher and you’re seeing it right now.

“She moved well without the ball tonight and her teammates found her for some easy lay ups,” Stein concluded.

USI suffered a blow in the opening minute of the game when freshman guard/forward Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana) went down with and ankle injury. Already depleted at the point guard position, the Eagles were forced to play starting point guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois) a majority of the game.

“Tiara’s leading us out there right now and doing a fantastic job of running our team,” Stein said. Brown finished the game with five assists and three steals to go with five points and three rebounds in 34 minutes of work.

Joining the Eagles in double figures was junior forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) and senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky), who finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Truitt had a game and career-high six assists. Junior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) and senior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Illinois) each had 10 points, while Brandon pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Engleking finished with nine rebounds as the Eagles had a 52-40 advantage on the boards and a 56-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

USI returns to action Friday when it hosts No. 20-ranked University of Indianapolis to open GLVC play. Tip-off is at 5:15 p.m. and Stein will be attempting to tie former coach Ruth Waller for second place on USI’s all-time wins list.

Dan McDonnell,
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