January 16, 2007|
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball team is atop of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Western Division after its first eight league games..
The Cougars defeated a very good Southern Indiana team to take the lead of the GLVC West before falling to Kentucky Wesleyan at home.
"We played our best against Southern Indiana both on offense and defense," said SIUE women's head coach Wendy Hedberg.
The Cougars then faced a Kentucky Wesleyan team, which shot 54.5 percent from the field while hitting a Vadalabene Center-record 14 shots from three point range.
"We knew they were a pretty good three point shooting team, but when they kept knocking them down it can just break your back," said Hedberg.
"Usually when you put up 78 points in a game you at least think you will be in it, but it wasn't the case," added Hedberg.
The Cougars had four players reach double figures in scoring including Amber Shelton (Edwardsville) with 23 points, Elyse Morris (Prophetstown) with 19 points, Julianne McMillen (Pana) with 15 points and Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) with 13 points.
SIUE also shot 95.2 percent from the free throw line, going 20-21 in the game.
"We played well offensively, but couldn't stop them defensively," said Hedberg.
The Cougars start their conference road trip Thursday against Saint Joseph's, which is currently 1-5 in the GLVC and 4-10 overall. Game time is 5:30 p.m. in Rensselaer, Ind.
"You can't look at records in this league. Any team can upset anybody at any time," said Hedberg.
After SJC, the Cougars will play Indianapolis, another GLVC East Division opponent. That game is set for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
"Indianapolis is a touch place to win at, but we match up well against them," said Hedberg.