With its 13-point loss at home on Saturday to one of the worst teams in the GLVC, the USI women’s basketball team is all but out of the running for a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament. The only sure way for the Eagles, now 17-8 overall but just 9-8 in the league, to get in is to win the GLVC Tournament title at the Ford Center. They came into their last two games ranked 10th in the Midwest Region, then lost back-to-back games, the first at Bellarmine on Thursday night (the NCAA takes only eight teams into each regional). But this loss to McKendree University at the PAC — a team that had won its only two GLVC games against winless Saint Joseph’s — pretty much caps the season for USI.
Again, the culprit was terrible outside shooting. The Eagles hit just four of 25 3-point attempts, although it seemed far worse than that. They got open looks galore but couldn’t connect. What was worse was the overall shooting. Get off 73 shots, as USI did on Saturday, you should collect more than just 20 baskets. And this time Anna Hackert, she of the multiple double-double games in points and rebounds, finally had a bad game. She scored just one point, went 0-for-6 from the field and fouled out.
Next up is Kentucky Wesleyan at the PAC on Thursday night, the regular-season finale. It won’t be USI’s final game, like last year’s Wesleyan game was. The Eagles have qualified for the GLVC Tournament. But they will have to win a play-in game next Sunday, probably on the road, to get to the Ford Center. If they don’t improve, they won’t be playing in downtown Evansville.