EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team could not keep pace with No. 1 Lewis University Saturday afternoon as the Screaming Eagles suffered an 83-73 Great Lakes Valley Conference setback to the Flyers at the Physical Activities Center.
USI (14-5, 6-3 GLVC) kept the contest close throughout the first 15 minutes of the game, but a 10-0 Lewis run late in the opening period turned a two-point deficit into a commanding 41-29 lead for the Flyers.
The Flyers (19-0, 9-0 GLVC) went 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from downtown, during the 10-0 run, which lasted a little more than three minutes on the clock. The Eagles, on the other hand, were 0-of-2 from the field with a pair of turnovers.
Lewis (19-0, 9-0 GLVC), which led 46-34 at the break, used a 17-6 run early in the second half to increase its advantage to 70-49, essentially putting the game out of reach for the Eagles. The Flyers went 6-of-7 during the five-minute long stretch, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
USI outscored the Flyers, 16-4, throughout the final six minutes of the contest to make the final score respectable, but the early Lewis' runs proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.
Senior forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) led the Eagles with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) and freshman guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) finished with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Lewis, which had six players in double-figures, got 18 points from junior guard Jamie Johnson as well as 17 points from senior guard Alexus Grayer. The Flyers shot 47.0 percent from the field on 31-of-66 shooting and were 12-of-28 (.429) from three-point range. USI shot 44.1 percent from the field on 30-of-68 shooting and was 8-of-20 from long range.
The Eagles return to action Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when they travel to Springfield, Illinois, to take on the University of Illinois Springfield.