Quincy women (13-12, 11-6) at Illinois-Springfield (6-19, 3-14)
5:30 p.m. Thursday, The Recreation and Athletic Center, St. Louis
ESPN 1440 AM
Scouting the Prairie Stars: The worst team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference's West Division, UIS is coming off a 73-63 win at Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday. Megan Bergerud led UIS with 21 points in that game.
Bergerud, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, paces the Prairie Stars in scoring (13.4 points per game) and 3-point shooting (43 percent). Elizabeth Kelly, a 6-1 junior forward, is supplying a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game alongside 6.9 points per game. UIS ranks 14th in the GLVC in scoring offense (56 points per game), 15th in free-throw percentage (65.3 percent) and 14th in field-goal percentage defense (43 percent).
At stake for QU: With their chances of winning the West now gone, the Lady Hawks' focus becomes trying to snap their four-game losing streak and securing one of four first-round byes in the GLVC Tournament. To secure a bye, QU would have to win Thursday, Missouri S&T would have to lose at home to Drury and Wisconsin-Parkside would have to lose at Lewis. If QU loses Thursday, it's possible the Lady Hawks could fall all the way to the No. 9 seed and have to open with a first-round GLVC Tournament game on the road.
The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 13-1 after beating UIS 67-54 at Pepsi Arena on Jan. 21.
-- Blake Toppmeyer