Bench adds 34 points in Eagle win

Once the women’s basketball team made rebounding an emphasis it stuck, assistant coach Randa Dallas said.

In the 83-37 win over the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USI pulled down 41 rebounds

“That’s always a focus for us,” senior guard Tanner Marcum said. “One of our main goals is to outrebound every team.”

Marcum added five rebounds to the total, a charge which was led by junior Morgan Dahlstrom who ended the evening with 7 rebounds.

Dallas said Dahlstrom does a great job leading the team with rebounding and they all follow suit.

“It was a good team win,” Marcum said. “Everyone knows their role this year and I think that’s an important part for this team.”

Almost every player who saw playing time scored, and if they didn’t they had a rebound.

“Our bench did a great job,” Dallas said. “Our level of intensity never let up.”

Dallas said that was something the coaches discussed on the sideline and they always encourage the players to capatalize on the minutes they play each game.

“We put our foot on the gas and we kept our foot on the gas,” she said. “(The bench) took it up. They played like it was their last minutes.”

In the second half the Eagles only allowed the Panthers to add seven points to its halftime score which left the team shooting 34.8 percent in the end.

“We just picked it up the second half,” Marcum said. “I think we just played really really hard defense and they couldn’t get a shot to go in.”

The Eagles will have a short break for Thanksgiving before returning to the Physical Activities Center for the USI Thanksgiving Class. The team will face Young Harris College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Michigan Technological University at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.