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January 04, 2009

Eagles fall to hot-shooting Greyhounds

Indianapolis (14-2, 3-1 GLVC): 93
at Southern Indiana (8-5, 1-3 GLVC): 68
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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to overcome an early 10-0 deficit, but a late lapse in the first half and a blistering shooting performance by the University of Indianapolis in the second half was too much to overcome as the Screaming Eagles fell to the Greyhounds, 93-68, Sunday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (8-5, 1-3 GLVC) overcame the 10-point deficit with a 16-5 run that took seven minutes off the clock and gave it a slim one-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the opening half.

"We fought our tails off to get ourselves back in the game after being down 10-0," Head Coach Rick Stein said. "Against good teams you have to continue to guard. You have to be consistent on the defensive end and we just weren't consistent defensively."

Stein was referring to the five-minute stretch at the close of the opening period that saw the Greyhounds turn a 25-24 lead into a 40-30 halftime edge. "That was a tough stretch for us," Stein said.

Any hope of the Eagles getting back into the game in the second half was put aside by the 17-of-20 shooting performance the Greyhounds displayed in the final 20 minutes. "They didn't miss a basket," Stein recalled. "We could go through a shoot-around and not shoot that well. Every time it looked like we were going to make a push, make a run, they made a basket. We just couldn't get any stops."

Indianapolis (14-2, 3-1 GLVC) connected on 7-of-8 from the arc in the second half and it seemed as if every one of the three-pointers squashed the start of a USI run. "We scored 68 points and when you score 68 points at home, you feel like you have a chance to win the game," Stein said. "But not against a team that shoots 60 percent from the floor, 62 percent from three-point range."

Ellen Young

Rinesha Soaper

USI got outstanding efforts from a pair of players that were less than 100 percent Sunday. Sophomore guard Ellen Young (Salem, Illinois), who reinjured her ankle Friday night against Saint Joseph's College, went 8-of-11 from the field and finished with a team-high 19 points. Freshman guard Rinesha Soaper (Henderson, Kentucky) scored 10 points despite playing through an illness that threatened to keep her out of the lineup Sunday.

"You have a couple of kids that were under the weather and not feeling well, and they probably played harder than everybody," Stein said. "I thought Rinesha played with a lot of heart today and Ellen was probably about 60 percent with that ankle."

Freshman guard Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) added 11 points and three assists, while junior guard/forward Abby Williams (St. Joseph, Illinois) chipped in nine points in the loss.

Sophomore forward Samantha Meissel led all scorers with 23 points as the Greyhounds picked up their sixth straight win.

USI returns to action Thursday when it hosts defending national champion and top-ranked Northern Kentucky University at the PAC. Tip-off is slated for 5:15 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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