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January 01, 2008

Eagles open New Year with return to GLVC play

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team returns to GLVC play Thursday when it travels to St. Louis to take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Screaming Eagles conclude the weekend Saturday at 1 p.m. when they travel to Rolla, Missouri, to take on the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Missouri-Rolla).

USI (5-4, 0-1 GLVC) is coming off a tough 69-63 setback and is just 2-4 since opening the season with three straight wins. The Eagles are looking to get on track against a Missouri-St. Louis squad that they defeated twice in 2006-07.

Senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) continues to lead the Eagles in the scoring column with 18.8 points per game, good enough for fourth in the GLVC. She is second on the team, behind junior forward/center Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana), with 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Neuman is fifth in the GLVC with 7.3 rebounds per outing. She has averaged 8.2 rebounds and 7.6 points USI's last five contests.

Freshman guard Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) has picked up her production in her last three games as she has averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 assists during that stretch. For the season, Newhart is averaging 9.8 points and a team-best 3.1 assists per contest.

Last season, the Eagles handed the Tritons (formerly the Riverwomen) a 68-52 setback at the Physical Activities Center before posting a 67-62 victory over Missouri-St. Louis at the Mark Twain Building a week later. USI leads the all-time series, 21-10, and is 12-4 against Missouri-St. Louis since 2000.

Missouri-St. Louis (3-6, 1-1 GLVC), which changed its nickname to the Tritons last summer, is coming off an 81-69 road victory over Oakland City University on New Year's Eve. The Tritons, who have a road win over regional powerhouse Grand Valley State University, are led by sophomore guard Kristi White and senior guard Courtney Watts.

White is averaging a team-high 8.8 points per game, while Watts is second on the team with 8.4 points per contest and first on the team with 2.3 assists per outing. Senior forward Leslie Ricker is chipping in 5.6 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game.

On Saturday, the Eagles will be looking for their first-ever victory over Missouri S&T, which changed its name from the University of Missouri-Rolla on January 1. The Eagles are 0-6 all-time against the Miners and 0-4 since 2000 after losing both games last season.

Missouri S&T (6-2, 1-1 GLVC), which leads the GLVC in scoring margin (+17.6 ppg), is coming off a 77-42 victory over Ouachita Baptist this past Saturday and has won three of its last four games. Junior forward Tamara McCaskill is averaging a team-best 12.3 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds per game, while junior center/forward Katie McElrath is chipping in 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

Senior forward Katie Bunge is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.

USI opens its GLVC home schedule January 10 when it takes on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Dan McDonnell,
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