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January 26, 2002

#5 USI sees 24 game streak stopped

@#5 University of Southern Indiana (17-4, 10-3 GLVC): 72
Bellarmine University (14-4, 10-3 GLVC): 78

The fifth-ranked University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team out-scored Bellarmine University in the second half, but it was not enough as the Screaming Eagles fall, 78-72, Saturday night at the Physical Activities Center. USI falls to 17-4 overall and 10-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while Bellarmine is 14-4 overall, 10-3 GLVC.

The loss drops USI into a second place tie with Bellarmine in the GLVC and stops the home winning streak at 24. Northern Kentucky University, which defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis this afternoon, jumps back into the top spot at 10-2 in the conference.

USI controlled the first 10 minutes of the contest, leading by as many as five points before the Lady Knights went on a 10-1 run to take a nine point lead 24-15 with 8:47 to play in the half. Bellarmine increased the lead to 12 points, 44-32, with just over a minute to play and led 44-35 at the half.

The second half saw the Lady Knights just hang in the game. The Eagles fought back to take the lead seven times in the final half, only to have it retaken by Bellarmine. The Lady Knights were eight of 10 from the line in the final two minutes.

Bellarmine also became the first team to take care of the basketball in 16 games against the Eagles. The Lady Knight, who committed only 18 turnovers, are only the second team this season to have fewer than 20 turnovers.

Senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois) led the USI in the loss with 16 points. She was followed by sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois) with 13 points, while senior forward Casey Hughes (Bicknell, Indiana) and senior center Michelle Irwin (Louisville, Kentucky) had 11 points each.

USI will conclude the three-game homestand with Homecoming on Saturday, February 2, when it hosts the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 5:15 p.m.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information
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