EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Southern Indiana held No. 19 Wisconsin-Parkside to less than 60 points, but the Screaming Eagles shot just 29 percent from the field as they suffered a 56-40 Great Lakes Valley Conference loss on Thursday evening.
After holding the visiting Rangers to just 30 percent from the field in the first half, the Eagles saw UW-Parkside heat up in the second half. The Rangers connected on 14 of 25 shots (56 percent) in the final 20 minutes as they slowly and methodically pulled away for the victory.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 5 Ashland 81, GVSU 58|
|No. 13 Arkansas Tech 101, S’western Okla. 87|
|No. 19 UW-Parkside 56, Southern Ind. 40|
|No. 25 Ferris State 56, Lake Erie 53|
The Rangers (18-4, 11-3 GLVC), who trailed 17-14 with four minutes to play in the first half, used a 7-1 run to close the opening stanza and take a 21-18 lead into the break.
UW-Parkside extended its lead to seven with a pair of buckets in the opening minute and led 28-20 three minutes into the final half.
USI (7-15, 1-13 GLVC) charged back, trimming the deficit to three points with 14 minutes to play, but that was as close as the Eagles would get. The Rangers went on a 6-0 run to steal momentum and forge a 36-27 lead.
Stephanie Carpenter pulled the Eagles to within five (36-31) when she got a layup to fall through the net with less than 11 minutes to play, but a 12-4 UW-Parkside run once again turned the Eagles away.
Carpenter led the Eagles with 14 points, 12 of which came in the final period, while Anna Hackert added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Brittany Beyer led the Rangers with 17 points, while Jaleesa Trussell scored 11 points, all in the second half, and tied for the team high in rebounds with eight.