Downtown’s dead

Looking at the USI women’s basketball team’s last three games — all losses — one stat leaps out: the team has shot an almost microscopic 17.3 percent (9-for-52) from 3-point range. The Eagles went 4-for-21 at Kentucky Wesleyan, 4-for-18 at Wisconsin-Parkside and 1-for-13 at Lewis. When all you can hit are shots from inside the arc, opponents are going to pack their defenses around the basket and make life much, much more difficult for the likes of Anna Hackert, Mary O’Keefe, Cayla Herbst and Nicole Hazemi. And the player who appears to be having the most trouble shooting from downtown is junior Stephanie Carpenter. Over her last four games she’s hit just four of 25 3-point attempts, an average of 16 percent. She only shot three against Lewis (and missed all of them), equaling her 2012-13 season low for fewest 3-point shots in a game. For the season Carpenter is still averaging 36 percent. But she hasn’t sunk more than two in a game since she buried a season-high five against Saint Joseph’s. By the way, she’s shooting just 26.8 percent overall (11-for-41) from the field over her last four games.

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