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November 20, 2001

Eagles set to open conference schedule,
Game time at UMSL changed to 1 p.m.

The University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team will open its 2001-02 Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule this Saturday, November 24, when it travels to St. Louis to take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Screaming Eagles enter the contest with a 3-1 record while the Riverwomen are currently 1-0 and will host Christian Brothers University tonight in their final GLVC tune-up. Tip-off has been changed to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

USI defeated UMSL in both meetings a year ago, including a record-setting 99-76 double overtime victory in St. Louis. The Eagles followed that victory up with a 94-71 victory, this time in regulation, at the Physical Activities Center.

In both meetings last season, the Eagles were without the services of sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois), last seasonís GLVC Freshman of the Year and a preseason All-American in 2001-02.

Stuckman leads the Eagles with 24.5 points per game and is grabbing 5.5 rebounds per contest. More impressively has been Stuckmanís precision from the charity stripe. She has connected on 32 of 36 (.889) free throws, including an eight-of-eight performance against Michigan Tech University.

Complementing Stuckman is senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois). Moore is dropping in 17.5 points per contest and a team-high 4.5 assists per outing.

Junior center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) is contributing 13.5 points per game and is tied with senior center Michelle Irwin (Louisville, Kentucky) for the team lead with 5.8 rebounds per game. Irwin is tapping into the Eagle offense with 9.8 points per outing.

Leading the way for UMSL is junior forward/center Jessica Woods, junior guard Sophia Ruffin, and senior forward Lynette Wellen. Woods scored 19 points while Ruffin and Wellen put in 16 and 15 points, respectively, in UMSLís win over Ohio Dominican College.

USI will wrap up its two-game road trip Monday, November 26, in Quincy, Illinois as takes on Quincy University in a 5:15 p.m. tip-off. The Lady Hawks enter their final GLVC tune-up against Culver-Stockton with a 2-0 record.

Junior forward Jill Unnerstall leads five Lady Hawk players, who are averaging double-digits, with 18.0 points per game and seven rebounds per game.

Quincy upset the Eagles, 80-72, in the first meeting last season. The Eagles gained revenge with an 87-68 victory at the PAC a month later.

Dan McDonnell,
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