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PREVIEW: SIUE, EIU Clash Saturday

SIUE at EIU

Complete Game Notes

Game #22
Sat., Jan. 28, 1 p.m. CT
Charleston, Ill.
Lantz Arena 

SIUE Cougars (8-13, 4-4 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-13, 3-5 OVC)

Live Video: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Radio: 887 The Sound (T.J. Weber)
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
Live Stats: SIUECougars.com 

LAST GAME

SIUE won its third straight game with a 73-52 victory over Tennessee State in front of a record Field Trip day crowd of 3,575 at the Vadalabene Center. Nakiah Bell led SIUE in scoring with 17 points.

SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS

The Panthers have four players averaging more than 10 points per game and are led by Grace Lennox with 15.8 per contest. Erica Brown is second with 11.8 per game as well as a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per contest. Eastern Illinois is second in the OVC on field goal percentage at 42.3 percent. 

SERIES STUFF

Dating back to the 1980-81 season when SIUE statistics started, Eastern Illinois holds a 14-7 edge in the series. SIUE, however, is on a five-game winning streak in the series.

LEADING THE NATION

Gwen Adams is No. 1 nationally in free throw percentage at 93.5 percent. She has hit 86 of 92 from the charity stripe this season, including all six of her attempts at UT Martin.

HITTING FREE THROWS

SIUE hit better than 80 percent of its free throws for the seventh time this season, connecting on 19-22 (86.4 percent) against Tennessee State.

SEASON/CAREER HIGHS

Freshman Cloe Churchill turned in season and career highs against Tennessee State. She scored six points and added six rebounds in Wednesday's win.

HITTING THE BOARDS

Amri Wilder set a new career high at UT Martin with eight rebounds. Her previous career best had been five.

REBOUNDING STRENGTH

In SIUE's first five games this season, the Cougars were outrebounded by more than four rebounds per contest. Over the last five games, SIUE has outrebounded its opponents by more than 12 rebounds per game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE

After Sydney Bauman recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Murray State and Southeast Missouri, Donshel Beck picked up her second double-double of the season at UT Martin. The Cougars have seven total double-doubles as Gwen Adams leads the team with three.

TO THE LINE FOR TWO SHOTS

SIUE is now No. 8 nationally in free throws made (325) and No. 10 in free throw attempts (446). Donshel Beck is No. 37 nationally in free throws made (87) while Gwen Adams is No. 40 nationally (86).

KNOCKING THEM DOWN

SIUE is second in the OVC and 72nd nationally in free throw percentage at 72.8 percent.

NEXT UP

SIUE faces OVC leader Belmont next Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

CAREER SCORING
SIUE has three current players among the top 40 in scoring all-time and each are playing in their third season at SIUE. Adams is tied for 31st all-time with 864 points. Beck is in 33rd overall with 828 points. Micah Jones is 38th with 685 points.

FROM THREE

Nakiah Bell has emerged as SIUE's top threat from three-point range. She is fourth in the OVC with 50 three-pointers.

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