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February 12, 2008

Eagles host Rockhurst, Drury

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team has completed the cycle through GLVC East Division opponents and will concentrate on rematches with West Division foes for the remainder of the 2007-08 campaign.

USI (8-13, 3-10 GLVC) starts its rematches with the West Division Thursday at 5:15 p.m. when it hosts Rockhurst University at the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles complete their current four-game homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host No. 6 Drury University.

The Eagles ended their six-game losing streak last Thursday with a historic 72-24 victory over Saint Joseph's College. It marked the third-lowest opponent point total in the program's history and the lowest since the 1978-79 season.

USI, however, finished the week by shooting just 18.2 percent from the field in the second half as it fell to the University of Indianapolis, 63-56, during last Saturday's homecoming game.

Freshman guard Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game to lead USI last week. Senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana) averaged 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while senior guard Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana) averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

For the season, Baines leads USI with 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Newhart is tallying 9.7 points and a team-best 2.8 assists per contest. Jolly, who has averaged nearly 10 points per game since January 3, is third among active players with a career-best 7.4 points per outing.

USI leads the series with Rockhurst, 5-1, despite its 61-56 setback to the Hawks in Kansas City, Missouri, a couple weeks ago. Baines led the Eagles with 15 points and nine rebounds in the loss, while junior guard/forward Amy Hake led Rockhurst with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Rockhurst (8-13, 3-10 GLVC) has won two of its last three games including the victory over USI, but is coming off a tough 69-55 road loss to Missouri University S&T. Hake leads the Hawks with 14.1 points per contest, while junior forward Julie Cook is chipping in 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Drury (19-2, 11-2 GLVC), which visits Rockhurst Tuesday evening, has won 10 straight games including its 79-65 victory over the Eagles in Springfield, Missouri, a couple weeks ago. Sophomore guard/forward Lindsay Ballweg had 18 points and seven rebounds in the win over USI, while senior guard Molly Carter chipped in 15 points and four steals. Baines led USI with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Jolly finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

For the season, Carter leads Drury with 14.3 points and 4.0 assists per contest, while sophomore forward/center Melanie Oliver is chipping in 12.5 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Panthers lead the all-time series, 4-1, but USI is 1-1 against Drury at the PAC after defeating the Panthers, 73-63, last season.

Dan McDonnell,
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