Second-Half Struggles Earn Eagles Third Straight LossEVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball made just six second-half field goals as it suffered a 60-42 Great Lakes Valley Conference setback to visiting Truman State University Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center.USI (10-4, 3-3 GLVC) shot just 26.1 percent (6-23) from the field in the second half as Truman State turned a 32-28 halftime lead into the 18-point victory.After falling behind by five midway through the second quarter, the Screaming Eagles strung together a 6-0 run to take a brief 26-25 advantage.Truman State (11-6, 5-2 GLVC), however, outscored the Eagles, 7-2, throughout the final two minutes of the opening half as it went into the intermission with the four-point lead.The Bulldogs carried that momentum into the third period, where they outscored USI, 17-7, to forge a 14-point lead heading into the final quarter. Truman State made just five shots in the third quarter, but four of those baskets were of the three-point variety.USI struggled to get into any type of rhythm in the third period was it had just 15 possession in the quarter. The Eagles went 3-of-7 from the field, 1-of-4 from the free throw line, and had six turnovers in the third frame.A three-pointer and a layup by sophomore guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) early in the fourth quarter briefly pumped some energy into the Eagles, but USI went just 1-of-8 from the field and had four turnovers throughout the final seven minutes of the game as it suffered its third consecutive loss.Junior forward Hannah Wascher (Rantoul, Illinois) had a game-high 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles, while junior guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) finished with 12 points and three steals. Grooms had seven points, all of which came in the fourth quarter, while sophomore guard Randa Harshbarger (Philo, Illinois) had six points and three assists.Truman State held a decisive advantage in points off the bench as the Bulldogs’ reserves outscored USI’s reserves 22-0. Truman State also went 9-of-20 from three-point range and held a 40-32 rebounding advantage.Senior center Michalina Tomczak paced the Bulldogs with 10 points and seven rebounds.USI returns to action Monday at 4:45 p.m. (CST) when it visits No. 17 Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The Knights (11-1, 5-1 GLVC) suffered an 82-75 setback to No. 19 Quincy University Saturday in Louisville.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Press Association But they beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at the weekend, thanks to four goals from Jesse Lingard, who is unavailable for this fixture due to the terms of his loan from Manchester United. And Laudrup believes they could be dangerous opponents. “They are a strong Championship side and I think they will think as we do in this competition,” he said. “They reached the final and won this competition, they know it is possible and they will want to beat us to go there again. “They know how nice it is to play at Wembley in front of 80,000 people and lift the trophy.” The Dane also revealed Swansea have received a number of enquiries from Championship clubs for striker Leroy Lita, who has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday, where he had a loan spell last term. Laudrup said: “Leroy had some offers which is normal because in the Championship he has shown he has quality, he can score goals there because he has done it before and could do it again. “I think he is right now waiting for the right thing because he has had offers from different Championship clubs already. I don’t know whether it will happen because it depends on what he wants but I am hoping so because the player needs to play. “He has been quite some months without competitive games so I hope for him he can get a move soon because he needs to get on with his career.” Michael Laudrup admits it will be special for his Swansea side when they begin the defence of the only major honour in the club’s history at Birmingham on Wednesday, and sees no reason why they cannot target another successful Capital One Cup campaign. With Laudrup and his squad battling on four fronts, the Dane could be forgiven for placing the League Cup at the bottom of his list of priorities. But he has no intention of doing so. Laudrup said: “It’s the first game of our cup defence and I think we all still remember last season, so for us it is something special. “Everybody still remembers the feeling of standing there with the trophy after winning against Bradford, and maybe as much the two semi-final legs against Chelsea or the win at Liverpool. “We know the cup competitions are possibilities for smaller clubs to have success, you only need a few wins and you are in the semi-final. “Last year we needed four wins, this season we come in a stage later so we only need three wins to get to a semi-final, we have to try and do that again.” Birmingham are themselves League Cup winners, with their most recent success coming courtesy of their victory over Arsenal in the 2011 final. They were relegated to the Championship at the end of the same season, and have not enjoyed the best of starts under Lee Clark this term. The Swans’ ended their 101-year wait for one of the domestic game’s main pieces of silverware when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley in February to win last season’s competition. That victory granted them passage into the Europa League, in which they enjoyed a famous 3-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla last week.