The USI women’s basketball team did a number on Marygrove College on Sunday. Several numbers, in fact. A look down the final stat sheet shows that the Screaming Eagles not only outrebounded Marygrove 69-30, setting a single-game school rebound record, but also outrebounded the Mustangs 25-14 on the offensive glass. Think about that for a moment. For all intents and purposes that’s 25 additional chances to score. And it was even more stunning on the defensive glass — USI 44 defensive rebounds to just 16 for Marygrove.
Then there are the assists. USI piled up 20 to just four for the Mustangs. Junior Jessica Parker, who came off the bench, had five but nobody else had more than three. In fact, nine of the 10 players who got into the game for USI passed out at least one assist. And everyone who played scored at least two points.
There are also numbers to worry about. For example, the Eagles turned the ball over 19 times, 12 of them registering as steals for Marygrove. Most of those thefts, from what I saw, resulted from sloppy play on USI’s part — soft passes, bringing the ball down to the waist while standing under the basket instead of keeping it above the head, a lack of awareness of who was lurking nearby.
Still, the main thing is USI is 7-0. The Eagles haven’t started this well since the 2000-01 season when they won their first nine games. Their next game isn’t for nine days, Dec. 18 at home against Cedarville University. After that, they’ll wait until Jan. 3, when they open their GLVC schedule at home against Missouri-St. Louis.