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January 03, 2002

#10 Eagles blow past Panthers to extend home winning streak to 21

@ #10 University of Southern Indiana (12-3 overall, 5-2 GLVC): 88
Kentucky Wesleyan College (3-10 overall, 0-7 GLVC): 61

The 10th-ranked University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team forced 37 turnovers and had a 47-35 edge on the boards as it posted an 88-61 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan College this evening at the Physical Activities Center in Evansville, Indiana. The Screaming Eagles, who extended their home-winning streak to 21 games, raise their record to 12-3 overall, 5-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while the Panthers fall to 3-10 overall, 0-7 in the GLVC.

USI got off to a sluggish start as it fell behind by five early in the first half. However, sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois) connected on a pair shots and junior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) hit a free throw to lead the Eagles to their first five points and a 5-5 tie two-and-half minutes into the game.

The two teams traded a pair of baskets before USI went on a 7-0 run to give it control of the game. USI used a 13-2 run later in the stanza and 9-0 run to close the first period and go into the locker room with a 48-24 halftime lead. The Eagles forced 25 first-half turnovers and shot 43.2 percent from the floor in the first frame.

Stuckman scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first half while Sherrod scored seven points and brought down seven of her game-high 11 rebounds in the first period. Sherrod finished the game with 11 points.

The Eagles used a 16-5 run to open the second half and take a commanding 64-31 lead with 15:20 to go in the contest.

Senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois) added 11 points, five assists, and a game-high seven rebounds in the win. Fellow classmates Kim Witkowiak (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Casey Hughes (Bicknell, Indiana) tapped in with 11 and 9 points, respectively. Witkowiak’s 11 points tied her career-high at USI.

For the game, USI shot 45.8 percent from the floor while KWC shot 42.6 percent from the floor. The disparity came in total shots taken, with USI unleashing 82 shots to KWC’s 52 shots.

The Eagles, who are riding a season-high five game win streak, will have a week off before hosting Quincy University Thursday, January 10. USI lost the first meeting, 84-72, at Quincy. This game is scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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