Second-Half Run Gives Eagles Season-Sweep Of UIndy Greyhounds

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University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball found themselves in a 43-43 battle with the visiting University of Indianapolis Greyhounds with less than a minutes to play in the third quarter of Thursday night’s Great Lakes Valley Conference contest at the Physical Activities Center.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, however, the No. 18/22 Screaming Eagles had the contest safely in the bag thanks to a 16-0 run that began with a 5-0 push to end the third frame. The run propelled USI to a 71-58 victory and the regular-season sweep of UIndy.

USI (12-2, 4-1 GLVC) forced the Greyhounds into five turnovers and made five of their first six shots during the run that turned a close game into a rout.

UIndy,(5-11, 2-4 GLVC) eventually cut the Eagles’ lead to eight late in the contest, but the Eagles scored the final five points of the contest to complete the 13-point win.

Senior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) had 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Eagles, while senior guard Randa Harshbarger (Philo, Illinois) added a career-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Senior forward Morgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Illinois) added six points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Senior guard Martha Burse and freshman guard Taylor Drury had 24 and 21 points, respectively, to lead the Greyhounds, who saw their two-game win streak end.

The Eagles return to action Monday at 4:45 p.m. (CST) when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to take on rival Bellarmine University. The Knights (7-7, 2-3 GLVC), who visit the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday, fell to Lewis University, 75-60, Thursday.

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