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January 23, 2007

Eagles looking to end streaks

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team is looking to put an end to two streaks Thursday when it travels to Romeoville, Illinois, to play No. 9 Lewis University at 5:30 p.m. The Screaming Eagles also travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to play the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday at 1 p.m.

USI (11-6, 5-4 GLVC) is looking to put an end to its four-game losing streak and Lewis's nine-game winning streak Thursday evening.

The Eagles are coming off a disappointing homestand in which they lost to arch-rivals Bellarmine University, 68-61, and Northern Kentucky University, 70-56.

Senior guard Katie Thiesenhusen (Muskego, Wisconsin) led the Eagles in the losses with 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and senior forward Sabrina Brandon (Danville, Illinois) added 12.0 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Brandon led the Eagles with 6.5 rebounds per contest.

For the season, Thiesenhusen leads the Eagles with 13.2 points and 2.7 assists per game, while Baines and Brandon are chipping in 11.9 and 11.3 points per outing, respectively. Baines is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, while senior forward/center Sarah Buldtman (Metropolis, Illinois) leads the Eagles with 5.8 rebounds per contest.

Lewis (15-2, 8-1 GLVC), which is sporting the GLVC's best record after winning games at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (56-45) and the University of Missouri-Rolla (91-77), is led by the league's top scorer in senior forward Darcee Schmidt. She is averaging 22.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Senior guard/forward Mary Moskal is averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per outing, while senior guard Brittney Diener leads the Flyers with 4.7 assists per contest.

USI leads the all-time series with the Flyers, 25-23, but has lost four straight in a series that is tied, 8-8, since 2000. That includes last season's 71-51 setback at the PAC.

The Eagles also lead the all-time series with the Rangers of Wisconsin-Parkside, 18-3. USI is 12-3 since 2000 against the Rangers, including last season's 72-42 triumph at the PAC.

UW-Parkside (12-5, 5-4 GLVC), which hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday evening, is led by senior guard Ashley Ferguson and senior forward/center Kari Score. Ferguson is averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game, while Score is chipping in 13.5 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per contest.

The Rangers, who snapped a two-game skid with their 67-60 victory over Missouri-St. Louis Saturday, also are benefiting from the 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per contest they are getting out of junior guard/forward Mackenzie Heise. Freshman guard Amanda Gibson leads the Rangers with 3.7 assists per game.

Dan McDonnell,
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