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February 16, 2006

Eagles fall to Lady Hawks, 85-69

@Quincy (18-7, 12-5 GLVC): 85
Southern Indiana (14-13, 6-10 GLVC): 69

QUINCY, Ill.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team fell to Quincy University, 85-69, Thursday evening at the Pepsi Arena.

USI (14-13, 6-10 GLVC) had opportunities to take control of the contest, but Quincy used some aggressive rebounding and hot three-point shooting in the closing period to top the Screaming Eagles for the fifth straight time.

Quincy (18-7, 12-5 GLVC) out-rebounded the Eagles, 47-24, and shot 66.7 percent from behind the arc in the second half. The Lady Hawks also finished the game 29-of-32 from the free throw, while the Eagles were just 4-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Jasmine Baines

Led by sophomore forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana), the Eagles turned a five-point halftime deficit (33-28) into a one-point lead early in the second half. Baines scored 10 of her game and career-high 25 points in the first four minutes of the second half as the Eagles grabbed their first lead since the opening minute of the game.

USI trailed by eight late in the first half, but a last second three-pointer by junior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) sent the Eagles into the intermission with momentum. Freshman point guard Keisha Collins (South Holland, Illinois) completed what amounted to be an 18-9 run with a three-point play that gave the Eagles a 43-42 advantage with 16:18 remaining on the clock.

Thiesenhusen, who finished the game with 13 points, connected on a three-pointer later in the second half to bring the Eagles to within three points with 10 minutes to play in the game. Quincy, however, held its ground as it outscored the Eagles 13-6 throughout the next four minutes to build a 74-64 advantage.

Despite shooting 51.5 percent from the floor in the second half and 48.4 percent for the game, the Eagles could not stop Quincy's offensive barrage in the final 20 minutes. The Lady Hawks shot 57.7 percent from the field in the final half after shooting 34.4 percent in the first 20 minutes.

Junior guard Shaquita Crawford led the Lady Hawks with 19 points, 17 of which came in the second half, while junior forward Alex Wieser came off the bench to score 18 points. Senior forward Alicia Ordner chipped in 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

USI also got eight points out of senior guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois), while Collins chipped in seven points and a game-high six assists. Junior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) led the Eagles with eight rebounds.

The Eagles' loss puts them in a tie with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for fifth in the GLVC West Division standings and two games back of the University of Missouri-St. Louis for third in the division standings.

Missouri-St. Louis defeated Rockhurst University, 64-56, Thursday evening, but travels to No. 3-ranked Drury University Saturday. Drury kept USI within a game of the University of Missouri-Rolla for fourth in the division by defeating the Miners, 72-64, in Thursday evening in Springfield, Missouri.

USI, which closes the season by hosting Missouri-Rolla Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and Missouri-St. Louis next Saturday at 1 p.m., travels to Edwardsville, Illinois, Saturday to take on SIU Edwardsville at 1 p.m.

If the Eagles can win Saturday and get some help from Drury, they would hold their destiny in their own hands entering the final week of the regular season.

Dan McDonnell,
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