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Eagles wrap up home slate with Senior Day win

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The University of Southern Indiana women's basketball team concluded its 2014-15 home slate with a 71-31 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory over Saint Joseph's College on Senior Day Saturday at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (22-5, 14-3 GLVC), which has won eight straight games, used a 20-1 run to close the first half with a commanding 39-17 halftime advantage. USI went 7-of-10 from the field during its run and held the Pumas to 0-of-8 shooting as it turned a 19-16 lead into a blowout at the break.

Sophomore guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) led the Screaming Eagles during their run with six points, while senior guard Taylor Stevenson (Olney, Illinois) had four points.

The Eagles shot 51.9 percent in the opening period on 14-of-27 shooting and were 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Defensively, the Eagles held the Pumas to just 21.7 percent from the field on 5-of-23 shooting during the first 20 minutes.

USI extended its lead to 47-20 early in the second half; then used a 21-3 run later in the frame to build its largest lead of the contest at 69-29. The Eagles held the Pumas to just 3-of-20 from the field in the final period, including to 0-of-12 inside three-point range.

For the game, USI held the Pumas (11-16, 7-10 GLVC) to just eight field goals on 8-of-43 shooting. USI, which out-rebounded the Pumas, 44-25, shot 48.1 percent from the field on 26-of-54 shooting. The Eagles outscored the Pumas, 30-6, in the paint and turned 24 Saint Joseph's turnovers into 23 points.

Following the game, the Eagles, who have held their opponents to less than 50 points in three of their last four games, honored their seven seniors—Stevenson, forward/centers Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana), Mary O'Keefe (Edwardsville, Illinois), and Cayla Herbst (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) as well as guards Autumn Miller (Louisville, Kentucky), Mariah Nimmo (Groveland, Illinois), and Libby Ogden (Tipton, Indiana).

Hackert, who became the first player in program history to eclipse the 300-rebound plateau in a single season, finished with a game-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds, while Marcum added 13 points and three steals. O'Keefe contributed 11 points and eight rebounds to bring her career totals to 994 points and 500 rebounds.

USI wraps up its regular-season Thursday at 4:45 p.m. (CST) when it visits rival Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The Eagles have already secured a first-round bye in the GLVC Tournament and will play an opponent to be determined in the quarterfinals March 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Note: Hackert is just eight rebounds shy of the all-time school record of 961, held by USI and GLVC Hall of Famer LeAnn Freeland…O'Keefe is six points shy of becoming the 15th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and seventh player with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Provided by USI Sports Information Department

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