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USI women hammer St. Joe's

RENNSELAER, IN - The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team drained nine three-pointers as it cruised to a 67-53 Great Lakes Valley Conference road win over host Saint Joseph's College Thursday evening.

After falling behind 5-0 early in the contest, the Screaming Eagles got three-pointers from freshman guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) and senior guard Mariah Nimmo (Groveland, Illinois) in an 8-0 run that got USI rolling.

Sophomore guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) inserted a three-pointer between four free throws by senior forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) moments later as the Eagles used a 7-0 run to build a 15-8 advantage with 11 minutes to play in the opening period.

Marcum hit another three-pointer with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half as USI extended its advantage to double-digits.

The Eagles (12-3, 4-1 GLVC) led by as many as 14 late in the first half before settling on a 33-24 halftime advantage.

Senior guard Autumn Miller (Louisville, Kentucky) hit a three-pointer to open the second half as the Eagles scored the first nine points of the second half to forge a comfortable 18-point cushion.

Leading by 15 with less than 13 minutes to play, the Eagles got back-to-back three-pointers from Marcum and Miller to extend its lead to 54-33, its largest advantage of the game.

Saint Joseph's (4-11, 1-5 GLVC) saw the Eagles hit five three-pointers in the final 20 minutes as its deficit never dipped below 14 points throughout the remainder of the contest.

USI, which shot just 36.4 percent from the field, had four players finish in double-figures, led by Hackert's 11th double-double of the year. Hackert finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, while senior forward/center Mary O'Keefe (Edwardsville, Illinois) added 12 points and five rebounds. Miller and Marcum each contributed 11 points, while Grooms chipped in seven points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

Senior guard Libby Ogden (Tipton, Indiana) finished with five assists for the Eagles, who had 18 assists as a team.

Sophomore forward Kalea Parks led the Pumas with 18 points and eight rebounds.

USI returns to action Saturday at noon (CST) when it visits the University of Indianapolis. The Greyhounds (7-7, 4-2 GLVC) earned their second straight win as they defeated Bellarmine University, 89-72, Thursday in Indianapolis.

Courtesy: USI Sports Information Department

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