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January 22, 2005

USI women’s basketball falls to Quincy

Quincy 55, USI 44

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team had a chance but could not capitalize on Quincy University turnovers late in the game as the Screaming Eagles fell to the Hawks, 55-44, Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center.

Trailing 48-42 with less than four minutes to play, the Eagles forced Quincy into a turnover on two occasions, only to turn the ball over on the following possessions.

Quincy (12-6, 9-2 GLVC), which held the Eagles to just 19 second-half points, converted 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game to seal the victory and hand the Eagles their fifth loss in the last six games.

USI (11-7, 4-7 GLVC) played excellent defense in the closing minutes of the game, not allowing the Lady Hawks a field goal in the last 7:40 of the contest.

The Eagles, however, could not convert their chances at the free throw line as they turned out their worst free-throw performance of the season, making just 1-of-9 from the charity stripe.

USI trailed by 14 on two occasions, but an 8-0 run cut the Quincy lead to six with five minutes to play in the game.

After a pair of free throws by Quincy’s Alex Wieser, USI turned to junior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) to get the Eagles back to within six points with 3:32 to play in the contest.

Brandon led the Eagles with 14 points, while junior point guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois) had 13 points and three steals. Senior center Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

Quincy was led by Wieser and Jenny Wisser, who each had 12 points. Jessica Stuckman was held to 11 points and eight rebounds.

USI will return to action a week from today when it hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College at 5:15 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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