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January 06, 2009

Eagles host nation's top team,
Hoping history repeats itself

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team is hoping history repeats itself when it hosts defending national champion and number-one ranked Northern Kentucky University Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center.

The last time the Screaming Eagles faced the top-ranked team in the country was January 6, 2001, when they hosted defending national champion Northern Kentucky. USI, which was coming off a tough set back to the University of Indianapolis, upset the Norse, ending their 34-game winning streak.

USI (8-5, 1-3 GLVC) is once again coming off a tough setback to Indianapolis and is looking to stop Northern Kentucky's 17-game winning streak that dates back to the 2008 NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament.

Prior to their 93-68 loss to Indianapolis, the Eagles had won seven straight games at the PAC dating back to last year.

Sophomore guards Ellen Young (Salem, Illinois) and Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) led the Eagles with 19 and 11 points, respectively, against Indianapolis. Freshman guard Rinesha Soaper (Henderson, Kentucky) added 10 points against Indianapolis and led the Eagles in their three contests last week with 15.3 points per game.

For the season, Young leads the Eagles with 13.0 points per appearance, while Newhart is third on the team with 10.2 points per contest. Newhart averaged 10.7 points and 5.0 assists in USI's three games last week.

Sophomore guard Lauren Meneghetti (Munster, Indiana) is second on the team with 10.6 points per outing, while senior forward/center Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana) leads USI with 7.8 rebounds per game.

Northern Kentucky (11-0, 3-0 GLVC) is led by senior guard Jessie Slack and senior center Cassie Brannen. Slack is averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game and is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per appearance, while Brannen is chipping in 12.3 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds per contest.

The Norse lead the all-time series with USI, 33-17, and are 11-6 against the Eagles since 2000 after last season's 59-54 victory in Highland Heights, Kentucky. USI's last win over Northern Kentucky was a 60-59 triumph on February 3, 2005.

Following their game with Northern Kentucky, the Eagles travel to Louisville to take on Bellarmine University Saturday at 4:45 p.m. (CST).

The Knights (9-3, 1-2 GLVC), who host Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday, are looking to snap a two-game skid after losing to Northern Kentucky, 60-53, last Thursday. Bellarmine is the highest scoring team in the GLVC (86.8 ppg) and sport the conference's leading scorer in senior forward Taylor Kopple.

Kopple is averaging a team-best 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Allison Hughes is chipping in 14.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Bellarmine leads the all-time series with the Eagles, 36-17, and is 12-4 against USI since 2000 after last year's 75-67 victory in Louisville. USI's last win over the Knights was January 16, 2003.

Dan McDonnell,
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