Marcum matches career-high as Eagles rally past UIndy

Marcum matches career-high as Eagles rally past UIndy


Sophomore guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) scored 15 second-half points as the University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team rallied from a five-point deficit to earn a 67-57 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory over the University of Indianapolis Saturday afternoon.

After leading 31-28 at the break, the Screaming Eagles (13-3, 5-1 GLVC) found themselves facing a 48-43 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play in the game.

That is when Marcum took over, scoring the first 10 points for the Eagles in a 14-3 run that staked USI to a lead it would not relinquish.

Marcum began the run with a pair of free throws; then sank a three-pointer to tie the contest at 48-48 with just over eight minutes to play.

UIndy (7-8, 4-3 GLVC) answered with a three-point play by junior guard Princess German; but Marcum responded by scoring five straight points to give the Eagles a 53-51 lead with less than seven minutes remaining.

From there, senior forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) and senior guard Autumn Miller (Louisville, Kentucky) sank four straight free throws to give USI a six-point edge.

Freshman guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to give USI a 62-55 advantage with three minutes to play.

Hackert helped seal the victory in the final three minutes on the defensive end as she drew a pair of charges in the post.

Marcum led the Eagles with a career-high tying 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Hackert earned her 12th double-double of the year with a 12-point, 11-rebound effort.

German, whose only miss of the game came on an open layup in the closing seconds of the contest, paced the host Greyhounds with 25 points. Senior guard Kelly Walter chipped in 18 points for UIndy.

Despite being outshot in terms of field goal percentage, the Eagles did a good job of getting to the free throw line, where they went 23-of-32 compared to UIndy's 12-of-13. USI's bench, buoyed by Marcum, also dominated the Greyhounds' reserves by outscoring them 33-6.

USI, which has won three straight versus UIndy, returns to action Monday at 5:15 p.m. when it hosts Bellarmine University at the Physical Activities Center. The Knights (8-6, 3-3 GLVC) have lost three straight games following their 61-48 setback to Saint Joseph's College Saturday in Rensselaer, Indiana.

Provided by USI Sports Information Department