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Rick Stein, head coach of the womens basketball team, talks to his players during a timeout against Oakland City University Nov. 7 at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Reynolds Report: Reactions return

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer January 25, 2023

I wrote an article Nov. 10 about my overreactions to the first men’s and women’s basketball games of the season. Let’s take a look back at these games to see if both teams are still playing as they...

Vanessa Shafford, sophomore guard, shoots during the three-point contest at the Midnight Madness event Oct. 14 in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Winter Break sports recap

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer January 18, 2023

The USI athletics teams made some noise over Winter Break. Below is a summary of how the men’s and women’s basketball teams and swimming and diving competed. Women’s basketball: The women’s...

Jelani Simmons, junior guard, gets flashy with a layup to continue the teams dominant game.

Opinion: The Shield sports award predictions

Quinton Watt and Eric Reynolds December 7, 2022

The college basketball season is a quarter of the way done, and there have been standout performances for both the men’s and women’s teams. For the first time in the history of The Shield, we have...

Randi Raff, volleyball head coach, fired after first Division I season as head coach. Raff finished her four years at USI with a 56-60 record.

USI parts ways with women’s volleyball head coach

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer November 23, 2022

USI Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon head volleyball coach Randi Raff would not return next season after the women's volleyball team ended the 2022-2023 season 1-28.  “We will be looking for...

Chris Moore, mens assistant basketball coach, greets a fan during the meet-and-greet Friday in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Men’s basketball assistant coach begins first season at USI

Eric Reynolds, Sports Writer November 16, 2022

Chris Moore joined the men's basketball team coaching staff as a new assistant coach for the 2022-2023 season. This season will be Moore’s 23rd season coaching basketball, including seven years at former...

The mens basketball team sign autographs for fans during the mens meet-and-greet Friday in Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Men’s basketball players greet fans at Division I home opener

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 15, 2022

The men's basketball team met with fans Friday in the Screaming Eagles Arena before the women's basketball team's Division I home opener. The men's team won their Division I home opener Sunday vs....

President Ronald Rochon embraces Archie the Eagle after the first half of the game against Western Illinois University Friday in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Women’s basketball beats Western Illinois University 88-75

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 15, 2022

The women's basketball team defeated Western Illinois University 88-75 in its Division I home opener Friday. This marks the program's first DI win against another DI program. Hannah Haithcock, senior...

The womens basketball team rests during a media timeout against Oakland City University Nov. 7 in the Screaming Eagles Arena. (Photo by Quinton Watt)

Opinion: Overreactions to basketball’s Division I opening night

Eric Reynolds, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

USI started its basketball season Monday with the men's team traveling to the University of Missouri and the women’s team at home facing Oakland City University. USI Men’s Basketball vs. University...

Soffia Rieckers, senior guard, shoots for three against Oakland City University Nov. 7 in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Women’s basketball beats Oakland City University 87-39

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 8, 2022

USI women’s basketball defeats Oakland City University 87-39 Nov. 7 in the Screaming Eagles Arena. The Eagles were led by Hannah Haithcock, senior forward, with 16 points and four rebounds.

Gary Solomon, junior guard, drives for a huge dunk against Midway University Wednesday at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Gallery: Men’s basketball wins first DI exhibition game

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 2, 2022

The men's basketball team started their season with an exhibition match vs. Midway University. Isaiah Swope, sophomore guard, carried the team to an 85-50 win with 18 points, six assists and five steals.

Jacob Polokovich, senior forward, hangs out with the mens basketball team during Media Day Oct. 4 in the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Jacob Polakovich plans return to men’s basketball in December

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor November 2, 2022

Jacob Polakovich, senior forward, has been out of basketball play for a few months with a Jones foot fracture. Polaokovich plans on returning to the court Dec. 11 against Indiana State University in the...

Senior Noah Hufnagel passes a runner from Lee University at the Samford Invite during the 2021 indoor track season.

Noah Hufnagel: Next man up

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor October 26, 2022

The 2021-2022 men’s cross-country and track seasons consisted of great talent and historic running for the Eagles. One can argue that Titus Winders and Austin Nolan will make USI’s hall of fame. With...

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