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November 06, 2005

Eagles rally comes up short,
Unable to capitalize on Jaguar turnovers

Augusta State 66, USI 55

ORLANDO, Fla.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team cut a 22-point second-half deficit to seven points, but could get any closer as the Screaming Eagles fell to Augusta State University, 66-55, Sunday in the seventh-place game of the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic.

USI (0-3) created 40 turnovers, scoring 28 points off the Jaguar mistakes, but could not make up for a 61-39 deficit on the glass. The Screaming Eagles took an astonishing 74 shots, but shot a dismal 23.0 percent, including a 2-for-26 performance from behind the arc.

Augusta State (1-2) took control of the contest in the final four minutes of the opening half, running off a 12-6 run to go into the locker room with a 34-25 halftime advantage.

The Eagles were held scoreless for the first 7:19 of the second half as the Jaguars reeled off a 13-0 run to extend their lead to 22 points. USI did not make a field goal in the second period until junior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) connected on a three-pointer with 9:48 to play in the game.

Thiesenhusen finished the contest with eight points and a team-high eight rebounds, while sophomore forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) finished with a team-high 12 points and six rebounds. Junior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) and freshman guard Keisha Collins (South Holland, Illinois) each had eight points in the loss.

Augusta State was led by reserves Tamala Turner Lauren DeCoud. Turner finished with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while DeCoud chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.

USI will open its home schedule November 15 when the Eagles host Brescia University at the Physical Activities Center. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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