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January 17, 2008

Eagles see lead slip away in 59-54 setback to NKU,
Baines reaches milestone with double-double effort

at #14 Northern Kentucky (12-3, 5-2 GLVC): 59
Southern Indiana (7-7, 2-4 GLVC): 54
Box Score

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team found itself in position to gain a huge road victory over No. 14 Northern Kentucky University Thursday evening, but missed opportunities and a difficult stretch run led to a disappointing 59-54 setback to the Norse at Regents Hall.

USI (7-7, 2-4 GLVC) led 37-32 with less than 16 minutes to play in the second half and looked to be in the driver's seat. However, the last 16 minutes of the game saw the Screaming Eagles shoot just 38.1 percent from the floor and commit 11 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky (12-3, 5-2 GLVC) shot 55.6 percent from the field during that stretch to overcome the five-point deficit and pull out the five-point victory.

"We did a lot of good things, but we just made too many mistakes down the stretch," Head Coach Rick Stein said in his post-game interview with WSWI's Scott Berry. "We were in position, but the turnovers were too much."

Jasmine Baines

In the first half, the Eagles used the strong play of senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) to overcome a seven-point deficit and claim a 27-25 halftime edge. Baines, who recorded her first double-double of the season, scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. She also collected six of her game and career-high tying 13 rebounds in the opening period.

Baines, who moved into 10th place on USI's career scoring list (1,014), became the 10th player in the USI women's basketball program's history to record 1,000 points in a USI uniform.

USI, which out-shot the Norse by nearly six percent, got eight points and five rebounds from sophomore guard VaNita Smart (Evansville, Indiana). Four other players each had six points for the Eagles, including senior guard Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana), who was 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

Northern Kentucky got 16 points and 13 rebounds from senior guard Angela Healy, while junior guard Jessie Slack chipped in 14 points on the strength of three three-pointers.

The Eagles wrap up their two-game road trip Saturday at 4:45 p.m. (CST) when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to take on Bellarmine University. The Knights (12-6, 4-3 GLVC) defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College, 78-53, Thursday evening.

Dan McDonnell,
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