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December 12, 2001

Eagles looking to rebound from rare Saturday loss

Dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season, the 11th-ranked University of Southern Indiana womenís basketball team had won 17 straight games when playing on Saturday. That streak came to an end last Saturday as the Eagles fell, 81-71, at, third-ranked Northern Kentucky University.

Now, the Screaming Eagles head into Saturdayís game against Grace College looking to extend another 17-game winning streak. USI has won 17 straight games at the Physical Activities Center, marking the fourth-longest current home winning streak in Division II womenís basketball.

The way the Eagles have gone about their home winning streak has been impressive as well. During the streak, USI has outscored its opponents by an average of 27.2 points per game.

USI will look to continue that success, as it will play six of its next seven games, and nine of its next 12, at the PAC.

In order to get to 18, the Eagles must get past a Grace College squad that has posted a 5-9 record. After starting the season 0-5, Grace won five of its next six contests. However, the Lancers enter Saturdayís game at the PAC on the heels of a three-game loosing streak.

One thing the Eagles will need to work on is rebounding. USI has been out-rebounded in eight of the 10 games it has played this season. Of the two games the Eagles were not out-rebounded, one was the season-opener in which they grabbed one more rebound than Nebraska-Omaha, and the other was a home game in which the Eagles tied Michigan Tech on the boards.

USI, which enters the game with a 7-3 record, will turn to sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois). Stuckman has averaged 8.0 rebounds per game in USIís last four contests, including 12 in the loosing effort at NKU.

The Eagles will also look for Stuckman to continue to be an offense threat. Stuckman leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 21.1 points per game.

Adding to USIís offensive threat is senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois) and junior center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Moore is second on the squad with 14.3 points per contest while Sherrod is third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game.

The Eagles have also received a boost, as of late, from sophomore guard Erin Wall (New Albany, Indiana). Wall is averaging 8.9 points per game, but has averaged 12.5 points per game in USIís last four contests.

Leading the way for the Lancers is sophomore guard Tracie Mezera and senior forward Danielle Mowery. Mezera leads the squad with 16.1 points and 3.4 assists per game while Mowery is adding 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per outing.

As a freshman, Mezera recorded the seventh-best point total (410) in school history. Mowery ranks among the top 10 all-time at Grace in career scoring.

Saturdayís game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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