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November 14, 2005

Eagles open home schedule Tuesday

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team opens its home schedule Tuesday at 6 p.m. when the Screaming Eagles host Brescia University.

USI is in search of its first victory after a rough 0-3 start at the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Florida.

The Screaming Eagles struggled from the field in their first three games, shooting just 33.0 percent from the field and a dismal 9.4 percent from behind the arc.

One thing the Eagles are doing well is forcing turnovers. The Eagles are forcing the opposition into an average of 29.3 turnovers per game. They caused 40 turnovers in their latest game, a 66-55 setback to Augusta State University.

Leading the Eagles into Tuesday's game is junior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) and sophomore forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana). The two are averaging 10.0 points per game, respectively, while Thiesenhusen is second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game.

Senior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) is averaging 8.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per contest, but an injury shoulder could keep her out of the lineup for the next week.

Brescia is coming off a 114-45 exhibition loss at Indiana University. Sophomore guard Sarah McDaniel led the Bearcats with 15 points, while freshman center Kaitlyn Lyon had a team-high six rebounds.

The Bearcats were 8-23 in 2004-05 and return eight players, including their top returning scorer in senior guard/forward Natalie Beasley. Beasley averaged 9.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest last season.

USI's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is joining the community-wide effort to help victims of the November 6 tornado by collecting items for the Tri-State Food Bank.

Those who bring items such as non-perishable food items, cleaning products, and personal hygiene items to the women's basketball game Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon (November 20 at 2 p.m.) will receive free admission.

Dan McDonnell,
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