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February 01, 2005

Eagles hoping to erase January from memory,
Face Uphill battle in quest for GLVC Tournament

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.—After a difficult month of January that saw the University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team post a 1-6 record, the Screaming Eagles enter February facing an uphill battle in its quest to qualify for the GLVC Tournament.

USI (11-8, 4-8 GLVC) will play six of its last eight games away from the Physical Activities Center, starting with a trip to Highland Heights, Kentucky, to take on Northern Kentucky University Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (CST). The Eagles finish the road trip with a visit to the University of Indianapolis Saturday at Noon (CST).

The Eagles are in a battle for a spot in the league’s post-season tournament, trailing Kentucky Wesleyan College by a half game and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by a game for one of the final two spots in the league’s post-season tournament. The Eagles hold the tie-breaker over SIUE.

USI has been held under 70 points in the last six games and averaged just 58.7 points per game in the month of January after averaging 78.1 points per contest in November and December.

Junior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Indiana) has battled through injury to become USI’s best scoring threat as of late. Brandon has scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games, averaging 15.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during that time.

For the season, Brandon is second on the team with 12.3 points per game, while senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky) is the team-leader with 13.9 points per outing. Truitt, however, has struggled in the last two outings, averaging just 5.5 points per game.

The first team the Eagles faced during their sub-70-point scoring streak was a stingy NKU squad that held the Eagles to just 55 points and 35.6 percent shooting. The Norse also went to the free throw line 43 times, while the Eagles went to the line just nine times.

USI was led in the first meeting with the Norse, an 81-55 setback at the PAC, by Truitt’s 15 points. The Norse were led by sophomore guard/forward Karyn Creager’s 17 points and senior forward Sarah Woods’ 16 points.

NKU (12-8, 9-4 GLVC), which started the season 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the GLVC, is led by senior forward Connie Myers and sophomore forward/center Karmen Graham. Myers is averaging a team-high 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Graham is chipping in 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.

Indianapolis (14-5, 7-5 GLVC), which defeated the Eagles 78-65 at the PAC earlier this season, will play the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday evening prior to its match-up with the Eagles on Saturday. Senior guards Erin Moran and Amy Wisser lead the Greyhounds with 18.8 and 14.6 points per game, respectively, while senior guard Amanda Davidson is chipping in 10.4 points and a team-high 7.1 assists per game.

Moran and Davidson ripped the Eagles for 25 and 22 points, respectively, in the first meeting. USI was led by junior guard Tiara Brown’s (Normal, Illinois) 19 points and freshman forward Jessica Minnick’s (Carmi, Illinois) 15 points.

USI returns home February 10 to take on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and finishes its 2004-05 home schedule February 12 against Lewis University.

Dan McDonnell,
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