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January 18, 2006

Eagles face GLVC's top team

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team will have the unenviable task of trying to defeat one of the nations top teams and the top-ranked team in the GLVC when it takes on No. 5 Drury University Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in Springfield, Missouri.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools and marks the highest ranked opponent the Screaming Eagles have faced since January 24, 2001, when they defeated then No. 3-ranked Northern Kentucky University 93-74.

USI (11-8, 3-5 GLVC) is coming off a thrilling 70-69 victory over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Freshman guard Keisha Collins (South Holland, Illinois), who scored seven over her 14 points in the final 90 seconds of the game, hit the game-winning shot that snapped the Eagles three-game slide.

The Eagles also got a career performance out senior forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana), who finished with a career-best 18 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Junior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) chipped in 11 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the victory.

For the season, sophomore forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) leads the Eagles with 13.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while junior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) is second on the team with 12.3 points and 2.9 assists per contest. Collins is chipping in 10.2 points and a team-high 3.7 assists per outing.

Drury (14-1, 7-0 GLVC), the GLVC's top scoring team at 80.0 points per game, has won six straight games and is perfect in six home games this season. Senior guard Allison Regier leads the Panthers with 14.1 points per contest, while senior forward/center Amanda Newton is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Kara Rutledge is chipping in 12.3 points and a team-best 3.6 assists per outing.

Following the Drury game, the Eagles will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, to take on Rockhurst University Saturday at 1 p.m. USI leads the all-time series with Rockhurst, 1-0, but this will be the first meeting between the two schools in GLVC play.

Rockhurst (4-9, 1-6 GLVC), which has lost three straight games and five of the last six, is tied with SIU Edwardsville last in the GLVC's West Division. The Hawks, who host Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday at 5:30 p.m., lost at Saint Joseph's College, 77-66, and at the University of Indianapolis, 66-42, last week.

Senior guard/forward Jessica Rethman leads the Hawks with 11.5 points per outing, while freshman forward Julie Cook is averaging 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Senior forward Alisha Cade is chipping in 10.2 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per contest.

Dan McDonnell,
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