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April 14, 2005

USI women’s basketball adds D-I transfer

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team announced that 6’0” sophomore forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) will transfer to play for Head Coach Rick Stein’s Screaming Eagles in 2005-06.

Baines attended Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis in 2004-05 where she was named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team. Baines, who averaged 5.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27 games, put up some big numbers as a starter during her freshman campaign.

Named to IUPUI’s Academic Advisor’s List last fall, Baines averaged 8.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 15 starts and posted four double-doubles in 2004-05. Baines, who scored a career-high 17 points against Centenary and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Southern Utah, had five double-figure scoring outings and six double-digit rebounding efforts.

“Jasmine will bring some much-needed experience at the forward position,” Stein said. “She has the ability to play either the small forward or power forward with her inside and outside skills.”

A four-year letterwinner at Jeffersonville High School, Baines helped her high school squad to a 22-3 mark during her junior season and was an Indiana Top 40 Workout participant. The two-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference performer was JHS’s 2004 Athlete of the Year and was named first-team All-County as a senior.

“Jasmine comes from a great high school program where she had a lot of success,” Stein explained. “We are very excited to have Jasmine join our family here at USI.”

Baines, the second player to sign with the Eagles for next season, joins incoming freshman point guard Keisha Collins (South Holland, Illinois), who signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period.

Dan McDonnell,
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