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January 10, 2009

Eagles fall to Bellarmine, 77-58,
First-half miscues hamper Eagles

at Bellarmine (10-4, 2-3 GLVC): 77
Southern Indiana (8-7, 1-5 GLVC): 58
Box Score

LOUISVILLE, Ky.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team turned out a solid second-half performance, but it was a first half filled with offensive miscues that hampered the Screaming Eagles and ultimately led to their 77-58 setback to Bellarmine University Saturday evening.

USI (8-7, 1-5 GLVC), which committed 15 first-half turnovers, most of which were unforced, trailed 15-2 early in the contest. The Screaming Eagles, however, stormed back with three consecutive three-pointers to cut the Knights' lead to four points with 12:25 to play in the opening stanza.

Bellarmine (10-4, 2-3 GLVC), however, reeled off 13 straight points to reclaim momentum as well as a commanding 28-11 edge. The Knights extended their lead to as many as 22 late in the first period, but a 5-0 USI run to end the half cut Bellarmine's lead to 39-17 at the intermission.

USI, which committed just five turnovers in the final period, chipped away at Bellarmine's lead throughout the early stages of the second half. The Eagles used an 8-0 run and a 5-0 spurt to pull within 48-40 with 11:19 to play in the contest, but a 6-0 Bellarmine run pushed USI's deficit back to double-figures and swung momentum back into the Knights' favor.

The Eagles cut the Knights' lead to 10 on a couple of occasions, but a 12-4 Bellarmine run pushed its lead to 70-52 with less than four minutes to play in the contest.

Ellen Young

Sophomore guard Ellen Young (Salem, Illinois) led the Eagles with 18 points, while fellow classmates Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) and Lauren Meneghetti (Munster, Indiana) each finished with 10 points. Meneghetti scored all of her 10 points in the second period.

The Knights benefitted from a pair of 16-point efforts by senior guard/forward Taylor Kopple and senior forward Dana Beaven.

USI opens a three-game homestand Thursday at 5:15 p.m. when it hosts arch-rival Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Physical Activities Center.

Dan McDonnell,
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