Women's basketball struggles after 12-point lead in first half

Roberto Campos

The USI’s women’s basketball team remains winless in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) after its loss against Kentucky Wesleyan College Monday night, which USI hosted in the Physical Activities Center (PAC).  

With 10 minutes left in the first half, the Panthers had a 12-point lead over the Eagles which created a score gap the Eagles fought to close but could never overcome.

Throughout the game, the Eagles tried to build momentum to overtake the lead and came as close as four points from controlling the scoreboard.

“We dug ourselves in a hole in the beginning of the game,” sophomore guard Stephanie Carpenter said. “If you’re not scoring then bad offense leads to bad defense. We let them score too many. Throughout the game, we kept trying to get ourselves fired up. We keep fighting back and tried to keep our intensity up.”

Scoring 17 points for the Eagles, freshman forward/center Anna Hackert led the team in points.

“We were getting good looks inside and once they got the ball inside I knew I needed to finish, so we could get some points on the board,” Hackert said. “It’s just tough to come back after you dig yourself in a hole because you spend so much energy to fight back into the game, and once you get there you almost have nothing left.”

Extending its GLVC record to 0-7, 6-9 overall, the Lady Eagles will look for its first conference win today against the University of Indianapolis.

“We’ve got a young crew, and it doesn’t have any quit in it,” women’s head basketball coach Rick Stein said. “What we have to do is finish our plays, and we’ve been a couple plays short when it comes to winning a game. There’s a lot of basketball left to play, and we’re looking forward to Indianapolis coming here and trying to get a win.”

You can see women’s basketball team in action at 5:15 p.m. tonight in the PAC against the University of Indianapolis and again at 1 p.m. in the PAC Saturday against Saint Joseph’s College.