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January 18, 2007

Eagles fall to Bellarmine, 68-61

Bellarmine (12-4, 5-3 GLVC): 68
at Southern Indiana (11-5, 5-3 GLVC): 61
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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team saw an eight-point second half advantage slip away Thursday evening as it fell to Bellarmine University, 68-61, at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (11-5, 5-3 GLVC) led the entire first half, building its lead to as many as nine, as it went into the locker room with a 33-27 advantage.

After scoring the first bucket of the second half to extend their lead to eight, the Screaming Eagles found themselves on the opposite end of a 10-1 run that gave Bellarmine its first lead of the game (37-36) with less than 16 minutes to play.

The Eagles used a 6-0 run later in the half to build a 44-39 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game, but the Knights chipped away at the lead throughout the next four minutes of the contest to take a 50-48 lead with 5:34 remaining in the game.

Despite shooting 42.3 percent in the second half, the Eagles had trouble from the perimeter as they went 0-for-7 in the second period and just 1-for-12 in the game from three point range.

Bellarmine (12-4, 5-3 GLVC), however, shot 54.2 percent from the floor in the second half after shooting just 22.9 percent in the opening period. That included two big three pointers late in the game, by sophomore guard Trisha Bennett, that swung the momentum into the Knight's favor.

The three pointers were part of a 9-4 run that put the Knights up 59-54 with three minutes left in the contest.

USI could not get any closer than four points as it fell for the third straight game and the first time at the PAC in 2006-07.

Junior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and senior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) led the Eagles with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Thiesenhusen also finished with a game-high eight rebounds and three assists.

Bellarmine got a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds out of junior guard Denasha Mondy, while junior center Ashley Lewallen chipped in 12 points. Bennett added 11 points in the win.

USI returns to action Saturday when it hosts Northern Kentucky University at 1 p.m. NKU (10-5, 4-4 GLVC) defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College, 61-54, Thursday evening in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Dan McDonnell,
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