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January 20, 2009

Eagles finally get crack at GLVC West Division

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team finally gets its crack at the GLVC West Division when it hosts the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles also host Rockhurst University Saturday at 1 p.m.

USI (9-7, 2-5 GLVC), which is the last GLVC school to begin divisional play this season, enters Thursday's game tied for third in the West with Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Led by sophomore guard Ellen Young (Salem, Illinois), the Eagles are coming off a 65-61 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan College last Thursday. Young scored a game-high 18 points, marking her second straight 18-point effort, and dished out four assists.

USI also got major contributions off the bench from freshman guard Rinesha Soaper (Henderson, Kentucky) and senior forward/center Ninette Evans (Memphis, Tennessee). Soaper added 14 points, three assists, and five steals, while Evans chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Eagles end a three-game skid.

For the season, Young leads the Eagles and ranks 12th in the GLVC with 13.4 points per game. Sophomore guards Lauren Meneghetti (Munster, Indiana) and Amie Newhart (Mulberry, Indiana) follow Young in the scoring column with 10.1 and 9.9 points per game, respectively, while Soaper is fourth on the team with 9.3 points per appearance.

Senior forward/center Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana) is fourth in the GLVC with a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest, while Evans is second on the team and 20th in the GLVC with 5.4 rebounds per outing.

Missouri-St. Louis (4-13, 1-7 GLVC) is looking to put an end to a four-game losing streak after falling to Kentucky Wesleyan, 61-50, Sunday in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Tritons are led by sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell, who is averaging a team-best 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

USI leads the all-time series with Missouri-St. Louis, 23-10, and are 14-4 against the Tritons since 2000. The Eagles swept the season series a year ago, defeating the Tritons 77-72 in St. Louis and 78-68 at the PAC.

The Eagles also lead the all-time series with Rockhurst, 6-1, and are 5-1 against the Hawks since 2000. USI split the season-series with Rockhurst last year, with each team scoring victories on their respective home courts.

Rockhurst (8-10, 2-6 GLVC), which visits Kentucky Wesleyan Thursday evening, is looking to snap a three-game slide after falling to Bellarmine University, 76-58, Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri. The Hawks, who are fourth in the GLVC in scoring offense (72.9 ppg), have three players averaging double figures in the scoring column.

Senior guard/forward Amy Hake leads Rockhurst with 14.9 points per game, while senior forward Julie Cook is chipping in 13.0 points to go with a team-high 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per appearance. Junior guard Ali Fromm rounds out the Hawks' double-digit scorers with 11.0 points per contest.

Dan McDonnell,
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