Is Anna Hackert in a slump?

Can’t really say the best player on the USI women’s basketball team is mired in a slump when it only involves two games, but let’s throw it out there anyway. The facts: Hackert, in the win over Lewis and the dreadful loss to Wisconsin-Parkside, totaled just 15 points, eight against Lewis and seven against Parkside. She did grab 13 rebounds in the Lewis game, but only had six in the game versus the Rangers. More worrying was her shooting totals — she was just 3-for-8 against Lewis and 2-for-6 against Parkside. Those two games were very different from her previous 15, during which she always scored in double figures and took more than 10 shots in every contest but two and in those two she was 8-for-9 and 7-for-8 from the field. Maybe USI’s opponents have finally figured out how to control her. If that’s true, coach Rick Stein must find a way to keep getting her the ball. But in the end the best solution would be successful outside shooting. Over the Eagles’ last four games they are averaging 20.3 percent — 11-for-54 — from 3-point range.

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