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January 22, 2008

Eagles hoping solid play turns into victories

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team is hoping its recent play will translate into victories when it hosts Quincy University Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday at 1 p.m.

USI (7-8, 2-5 GLVC) played well in its two setbacks last week and is looking to build on those efforts. The Screaming Eagles possessed second-half leads in both games, but could not hold on to either as they fell below the .500 mark for the first time since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) led the Eagles with 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the two losses. She had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Northern Kentucky University before tallying 15 points and six rebounds against Bellarmine University.

Baines, who ranks 10th on USI's all-time scoring list (1,029 points), leads the Eagles and ranks fifth in the GLVC with 18.6 points per contest. She also ranks sixth in the league with a team-high 6.7 rebounds per outing.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with Quincy, 16-14, but the Lady Hawks lead the series since 2000 after splitting the season series a year ago. Quincy defeated the Eagles, 71-59, in Quincy, Illinois, before falling to the Eagles, 75-68, at the Physical Activities Center later in the season.

Quincy (10-5, 5-2 GLVC), which leads the GLVC with 80.4 points per contest, is coming off an 82-69 victory over the University of Indianapolis and has won three straight games as it heads into Thursday's contest.

Junior guard Jessica Keller leads the Hawks with 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game, while sophomore forward Lindsey Stellflue is second on the team with 15.1 points per outing.

Saturday's contest will mark the second-to-last time that USI will face SIU Edwardsville in a GLVC contest. The Cougars, who are going Division I next season, swept the Eagles a year ago.

Despite the losses last season, the Eagles lead the all-time series, 24-22, and are 8-7 against the Cougars since 2000.

SIU Edwardsville (11-4, 4-3 GLVC), which visits Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday, is coming off a 67-41 victory over Saint Joseph's College. The win snapped a two-game losing streak that saw the Cougars lose to No. 7 Drury University and Indianapolis by a combined two points.

Senior guard/forward Amber Shelton leads the Cougars and the GLVC with 22.5 points per game. She is fourth in the league with a team-best 7.7 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Whitney Sykes is second on the team with 13.7 points per game and is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.461).

Dan McDonnell,
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