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January 03, 2007

Eagles return to GLVC play

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team returns to conference play Thursday when it hosts Rockhurst University at 5:15 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles also host Drury University Saturday at 1 p.m.

USI (9-2, 3-0 GLVC) is at the top of the GLVC standings and is looking to reach 4-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The Eagles, who have won 9 of their last 10 games, are coming off a 57-40 victory over Wayne State University last Saturday. Junior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) led the Eagles with 17 points and eight rebounds in the win, while senior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) and senior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) added 14 points and 10 points, respectively.

Baines leads the Eagles with 13.5 points per game and is second with 6.1 rebounds per outing, while Thiesenhusen is second on the squad with 12.8 points per contest. Brandon rounds out USI's double-digit scores with 10.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Senior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) leads the Eagles with 6.2 rebounds per game, while Thiesenhusen is USI's team leader in assists (2.7 apg).

The Eagles lead the all-time series with Rockhurst, 3-0, after sweeping the season series with the Hawks last season. USI defeated the Hawks, 77-63, in Kansas City, Missouri, before coming home to top Rockhurst, 82-74, at the PAC.

Rockhurst (6-5, 1-3 GLVC) has won four straight games, including a 69-63 triumph over Loyola University-New Orleans on New Years Eve. Senior center Courtney Farmer, sophomore guard/forward Amy Hake, and sophomore forward Julie Cook lead the Hawks in the scoring, rebounding, and assist columns.

Farmer, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Loyola-New Orleans, is averaging a team-high 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Cook is adding 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and a team-leading 5.6 assists per game, while Hake, who had a team-high 17 points against Loyola-New Orleans, is chipping in 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per outing.

USI trails the all-time season series with Drury, 2-0, after losing to the Panthers twice last season. The Panthers, who were 19-0 in league play a year ago, won the first game 79-59 in Springfield, Missouri, before coming to Evansville to post an 89-61 victory over the Eagles at the PAC.

Drury (9-3, 3-1 GLVC), which travels to Owensboro, Kentucky, to play Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday evening, has won eight straight games, including a 92-86 victory over Harris-Stowe State University on the last day of 2006.

The Panthers have five players averaging in double-figures, with junior guard Molly Carter leading the team with 17.4 points and 4.0 assists per game. Junior guard Becky Flippin is second on the team with 14.3 points per game, while sophomore guard Greta Wiersch is third on the squad with 11.8 points per outing.

Freshman forward Sara Bos and sophomore forward Lauren Gregory round out the Panthers' double-digit scorers with 10.2 points per contest. Bos leads Drury with 5.4 rebounds per game, while Wiersch is second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game.

Dan McDonnell,
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