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January 31, 2008

Early second-half run grounds Eagles at Drury

at #7 Drury (16-2, 8-2 GLVC): 79
Southern Indiana (7-11, 2-8 GLVC): 65
Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team suffered its fifth straight setback Thursday evening, this time a 79-65 loss to No. 7 Drury University at the Weiser Gymnasium.

Despite out-shooting the Panthers by nearly 12 percent, the Screaming Eagles could not overcome a 12-0 run that saw Drury push a 41-38 halftime edge into a convincing 15-point lead with 15 minutes to play in the contest. It marked the fourth time in five games that the Eagles have out-shot the opposition.

USI (7-11, 2-8 GLVC) jumped out to an early six-point lead and led 31-26 with five minutes to play in the opening period.

Drury (16-2, 8-2 GLVC), however, used a 15-4 run during the next four minutes to build a 41-35 lead and change momentum into its favor.

Jasmine Baines

Senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) converted a three-point play in the final minute of the period to cut the deficit in half before the two teams headed into the break.

"I thought the effort was there from start to finish," Head Coach Rick Stein said in his post-game interview with WSWI's Seth Tripp. "I thought we played smarter in the first half though."

The Panthers forced the Eagles into 14 second-half turnovers and out-rebounded USI 25-16 in the final 20 minutes.

"Drury plays in runs," Stein explained. "They get a turnover and that leads to three or four turnovers."

During Drury's 12-0 run, the Eagles committed four turnovers and sent the Panthers to the free throw line twice, where Drury tallied the first four points in the spurt. Senior guard Molly Carter drained a pair of three-pointers and sophomore forward Sara Bos's lay-up with 15:34 to play in the contest put the Panthers up by 53-38.

USI chiseled the deficit down to 10 on a pair of occasions, but the Panthers had an answer every time the Eagles would make a run. "You have to give credit to Drury," Stein said. "They are a good basketball team."

The Eagles were led by Baines, who finished with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds to go along with a team and career-best four assists. Senior guard Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana) added 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while junior guard Brittany Darden (Guthrie, Kentucky) finished with 11 points.

Sophomore guard/forward Lindsay Ballweg led the Panthers with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Carter tallied 15 points, 10 of which came in the final half. Sophomore forward Caitlin Shouse and Bos rounded out the double-figure scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

USI wraps up its two-game road swing with a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, to take on Rockhurst University. Tip-off is Saturday at 1 p.m. The Hawks hosted Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday evening.

Dan McDonnell,
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