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January 09, 2002

Eagles move up in national rankings,
Host Quincy in GLVC rematch

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team moved to seventh in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Basketball Poll. The Screaming Eagles were ranked 10th in the last poll but have since posted five straight wins.

USI is preparing for a big weekend in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Eagles will host Quincy University on Thursday and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday.

Quincy posted an 84-72 victory over the Eagles at the Pepsi Arena back in November. USI was out-rebounded in that contest 41-25 and was limited to nine assists, as opposed to 23 turnovers.

The Eagles lost at Quincy last season as well, but came back with a convincing 87-68 victory at the Physical Activities Center in their second meeting.

Going into the game earlier this season, the Eagles had been struggling all season on the boards. In fact, in the first 10 games of the season, USI was being out-rebounded by 5.5 rebounds a game.

During their current five game win streak, however, the Eagles have picked up the intensity on the boards. USI has out-rebounded its opponents in four of those five games and is averaging 4.4 rebounds more than the opposition in that time frame.

The Eagles enter Thursday’s contest with 21-game home winning streak and have a 12-3 overall record, 5-2 in the GLVC. However, USI fell one spot, to fourth, in the Great Lakes Region.

Leading the way for the Eagles is sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois) and junior forward/center Africa Sherrod (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Stuckman leads the GLVC with 21.5 points per game while her 6.4 rebounds are second on the squad and 12th in the league. Sherrod has averaged 16.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in the last five games (12.8 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds for the season).

USI will also look to seniors Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois), Casey Hughes (Bicknell, Indiana), and Michelle Irwin (Louisville, Kentucky). Moore is contributing 13.1 points per contest and has recorded a team-high 4.6 assists and 3.9 steals per game. Hughes is adding 10.7 points per game while Irwin is tapping in with 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

Quincy enters the game with an 8-5 overall record, 4-3 in the GLVC, and is fresh off a 69-52 victory over Bellarmine University. Quincy is also ranked ninth in the Great Lakes Region.

Leading the way for the Lady Hawks junior forward Jill Unnerstall and sophomore guard/forward Lisa Farrell. Unnerstall is seventh in the conference with a team-high 14.5 points per contest and third in the league with a team-leading 8.5 rebounds per game. Farrell is 10th in the GLVC and with 14.1 points per game.

Both games this weekend will start at 5:15 p.m. at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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