Miller drains six 3-pointers as Eagles cruise to win in GLVC-opener

Miller drains six 3-pointers as Eagles cruise to win in GLVC-opener


Senior forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) had a double-double and senior guard Autumn Miller (Louisville, Kentucky) scored a career-high as the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team cruised by William Jewell College, 80-59, in its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener Friday evening at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (9-2, 1-0 GLVC) shot 53.2 percent (33-62) from the field, including 62.5 percent (20-32) in a lop-sided first half that saw the Screaming Eagles build a comfortable 46-27 lead by the intermission.

Senior forward/center Mary O'Keefe (Edwardsville, Illinois) scored five of her 11 points in the first five minutes of the game as the Eagles raced out to a 14-4 lead.

Miller hit her second trifecta of the game with 11 minutes to play in the opening frame to begin a 9-0 spurt that gave USI a 30-11 advantage.

Hackert, who had 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, had a pair of baskets in the 9-0 run; then had back-to-back layups later in the frame as USI went up 42-20 with 3:28 to play in the opening period.

William Jewell (5-4, 1-1 GLVC) cut the Eagles' advantage to 16 early in the second period and trailed 52-35 when Miller drained her third three-pointer of the game to put the Eagles up by 20 with 14 minutes to play.

Miller made three more shots from downtown in the final 12 minutes as she scored all of her 18 points on a career-high six three-pointers. USI led by as many as 26 before settling on the 21-point win.

While Miller was lighting up the scoreboard from three-point range, USI's post players were dominating the paint. The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 36-18 in the paint and held a commanding 44-30 rebounding lead.

In addition to her 21 points, Hackert grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as she finished with her eighth double-double of the season. Freshman forward Morgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Indiana) added eight points and six rebounds, while O'Keefe chipped in six rebounds.

USI also did a good job dishing out the ball as it finished with 20 assists and just 16 turnovers. The Eagles saw 10 different players record an assist, with Miller, senior guard Mariah Nimmo (Groveland, Illinois), and senior guard Libby Ogden (Tipton, Indiana) finishing with three apiece.

The Eagles, who led from start to finish, return to action Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host Rockhurst University at the PAC. The Hawks (6-4, 0-2 GLVC) fell to Bellarmine University, 74-66, Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Note: Anna Hackert (1,276 career points) moved past Peggy Witsman for seventh on USI's all-time scoring list…Hackert (783 rebounds) needs nine rebounds to move past Kathy Lauck for third all-time at USI.

Provided by USI Sports Information Department