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November 30, 2004

USI womenís hoops face tough two-game swing

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.óThe University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team will hit the road for a tough two-game road swing this week. The Screaming Eagles tip-off with Lewis University Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois, before heading to Edwardsville, Illinois, to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday at 1 p.m.

USI (4-1, 1-1 GLVC) has used a well-balanced scoring attack in its first five games as seven players are averaging better than 7.0 points per game.

The Eagles are led by freshman forward Jessica Minnick (Carmi, Illinois) and junior point guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois). Minnick leads the team with 14.6 ppg to go with 5.0 rebounds per game, while Brown is chipping in 12.0 ppg and a team-high 4.8 assists per game. Senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) is averaging 10.3 ppg.

Controlling the paint also has been a key for USIís early success. The Eagles, who have four players averaging 5.0 rpg or better, are out-rebounding the opposition by an average of 45.6 rpg to 36.2 rpg. They are outscoring the opposition in the paint by an average 39.2 ppg to 20.0 ppg.

Junior forwards Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana) and Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) are leading the Eagles on the glass with 7.4 rpg and 6.4 rpg, respectively. Senior forward/center Andrea Engleking (Charlottesville, Illinois) is third on the team with 5.6 rpg.

Lewis (2-3, 1-1 GLVC) is led by the efforts of sophomore forwards Mary Moskal and Darcee Schmidt. Moskal leads the team with 16.8 ppg to go with 5.4 rpg, while Schmidt, the GLVC Freshman of the Year last season, is adding 11.4 ppg to go with 5.6 rpg. Junior guard Shante Glenn is averaging 10.8 ppg.

SIUE (1-3, 0-1 GLVC) is led by sophomore forward Julianne McMillen and junior center Tanya Guell. McMillen leads the team with 12.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg, while Guell is second on the team with 12.0 ppg. Junior guard/forward Lindy Carey is chipping in 11.8 ppg and a team-high 4.8 apg.

USI returns to the Physical Activities Center December 8 to take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dan McDonnell,
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