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February 17, 2009

Eagles prepping for big week

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team is preparing for a big week as it gets set to visit the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and host Missouri University of Science & Technology Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center.

USI will honor senior forward/centers Ninette Evans (Memphis, Tennessee) and Brittany Neuman (Huntingburg, Indiana) as well as student assistant coach Jessica Grimaldo (Carmi, Illinois) as part of its Senior Day festivities prior to Saturday's game.

Saturday's contest also is USI's "Pink Zone" game as the Screaming Eagles are asking fans to "Pack the PAC in Pink." USI will trade its traditional white uniforms in for pink jerseys in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Eagles (13-10, 5-8 GLVC), who are coming off a tough 79-63 setback at GLVC-leading Quincy University this past Saturday, can clinch the third seed in the GLVC West Division and a spot in the conference tournament with a pair of wins this week.

First, the Eagles must duplicate the winning formula they had in their 92-73 victory over Missouri-St. Louis earlier in the season. USI shot 55.4 percent from the floor and got double-digit scoring efforts out of six different players, including sophomore guard Ellen Young's (Salem, Illinois) team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, as it defeated the Tritons for the fifth straight time.

Missouri-St. Louis (6-18, 3-11 GLVC), which visits Lincoln University Tuesday night, is coming off a 75-69 victory over Rockhurst University, which snapped a four-game skid. Junior guard Kristi White led the Tritons with 27 points against Rockhurst and leads the Tritons with 11.6 points per appearance this season.

Sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell, who scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds in the Triton's loss to USI earlier this season, is chipping in 10.8 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per contest. Thursday's game can be heard on the radio at WSPR FM 90.7 and on the internet at

USI also is looking for a season-sweep of Missouri S&T after knocking off the Miners, 79-75, for the first time in nine tries earlier this season in Rolla, Missouri.

The Miners (12-11, 5-9 GLVC), who visit Quincy Thursday evening, have won three of their last four games and have one of the GLVC's top scoring threats in senior forward Tamara McCaskill.

McCaskill, who is averaging a team-high 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, led the Miners with 30 points in their loss to the Eagles. She had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in Missouri S&T's 82-71 setback to Drury University this past Saturday.

Young also led the Eagles with 20 points and eight rebounds in USI's victory over the Miners. For the season, she leads USI with 13.7 points per game, while Newhart is adding 11.2 points and a team-best 3.1 assists per contest. Neuman is chipping in 10.0 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per outing.

USI concludes the regular season next week when it visits Drury February 25 and Rockhurst February 28.

Dan McDonnell,
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