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December 30, 2001

Sherrod puts in 24 as Eagles get huge regional win at Ferris State

#10 University of Southern Indiana (11-3): 83
@ Ferris State University (6-4): 78

Junior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) had a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team to an 83-78 victory over regionally ranked Ferris State University this afternoon in Big Rapids, Michigan. The Screaming Eagles improve to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in the Great Lakes Region while the Lady Bulldogs fall to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Great Lakes Region.

USI forced 21 first-half turnovers to overcome an early 7-0 deficit and go into the locker rooms tied at 36. FSU shot 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half while USI shot just 36.1 percent. However, the Eagles controlled the glass, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to 17 rebounds, two offensive, while grabbing 22 rebounds, 11 offensive and 11 defensive.

Sherrod led the way for the Eagles in the first half as she scored 15 points and brought down seven rebounds. For the game, Sherrod was eight-of-11 from the floor and eight-for-eight from the free throw line.

USI fell behind by four early in the second half but used a 7-0 run to take a brief 45-42 lead. The Eagles used a 6-0 run, later in the second half, to take a 63-56 lead and control of the game.

Sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois) found herself in foul trouble through most of the game but scored eight of her 12 points in the final 8:46 of the game to help seal the win for the Eagles.

Senior forward Casey Hughes (Bicknell, Indiana) scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half. Eight of those 10 points came during the stretch run for the Eagles.

“I was proud of the way this team played, especially down the stretch.” Head Coach Rick Stein stated. “I though we were as tough as we could be. Ferris State made some great runs and we solidified our defense a little bit. We came up with some huge stops.”

For the game, USI shot just 39.7 percent from the floor while FSU connected on 51.9 percent of its shots. However, the Eagles won the battle of the boards, out rebounding FSU 44-38, and forced the Lady Bulldogs into 35 turnovers.

“The glass is something that I’ve talked about and we talked about it before the game,” Stein explained. “It doesn’t come into play in every game but I thought the offensive glass would come into play tonight and it definitely did.

“We got a lot of second shots,” Stein continued. “ We weren’t shooting the ball very well and it didn’t matter because we kept attacking the glass.” USI dominated the inside, scoring 52 points in the paint and holding FSU to 40 points inside the key.

The Eagles also benefited from the contributions of their bench. USI’s bench outscored FSU’s bench 35-8 in the win. “I was pleased with our bench play,” Stein said. “Everybody who came in contributed and I thought it effort across the board.”

Senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois) rounded out the list of Eagles that scored in double-figures as she came off the bench with 12 points and a team-high eight assists and six steals. Junior guard Sarah McIntosh (Cabery, Illinois) tapped with seven points and five rebounds while senior guard Mevett Wooley (Carbondale, Illinois), combined with Stuckman’s performance, rounded out the bench scoring for the Eagles with four points.

USI will turn its attention back to the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the remainder of the regular season as it hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College this Thursday, January 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center.

Dan McDonnell,
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