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February 14, 2008

Darden notches first career double-double as Eagles edge Hawks

at Southern Indiana (9-13, 4-10 GLVC): 63
Rockhurst (8-15, 3-12 GLVC): 61
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Brittany Darden

EVANSVILLE, Ind.Junior guard Brittany Darden (Guthrie, Kentucky) scored 14 points and brought down a career-high 11 rebounds to help lead the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team to a closely-contested 63-61 victory over Rockhurst University Thursday evening at the Physical Activities Center.

Darden scored 11 points in the closing period, including a crucial three-point basket with three minutes to play, to aid the Screaming Eagles. She also brought down the game-clinching rebound as time expired.

USI (9-13, 4-10 GLVC) shot 46.0 percent from the field, including 50.0 percent in the second half, but missed opportunities at the charity stripe combined with 20 turnovers allowed Rockhurst to stay in the contest.

The Hawks (8-15, 3-12 GLVC), who used an 8-1 run to end the first half and cut an 11-point USI lead to 27-23 at the break, got a game-high 24 points from junior guard/forward Amy Hake. Hake drained a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play in the contest to cap a 5-0 Rockhurst run and tie the contest at 59.

Jasmine Baines

Senior forward Jasmine Baines (Jeffersonville, Indiana), who scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the final period, connected on three of her next four free throw attempts to give the Eagles a 62-59 lead with 1:27 remaining in the game. Baines also grabbed seven rebounds as she moved up to 14th on USI's all-time career rebounding list (463).

Hake drained two straight free throws with 25 second to play to bring the Hawks to within a point (62-61), but freshman guard Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) extended the Eagles' lead to two points five seconds later when she connected on the second attempt of a two-shot foul. USI turned back the Hawks on their final two possessions to seal the victory.

Senior guard Marshay Jolly (Merrillville, Indiana) added 10 points and five rebounds to aid the Eagles' effort.

As a team, the Eagles out-rebounded the Hawks 45-33, but shot a season-low 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from the charity stripe to allow the Hawks to keep the contest close.

USI finishes its four-game homestand Saturday when it hosts No. 6 Drury University at 1 p.m. The Panthers defeated Rockhurst, 81-69, Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri, and enter the PAC with a 20-2 overall record, 12-2 GLVC.

Dan McDonnell,
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