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PREVIEW: Regular Season Finale Set for Saturday

SIUE vs. Eastern Illinois

Complete Game Notes

Game #29
Sat., Feb. 25, 2 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill.
Vadalabene Center 

SIUE Cougars (12-16, 8-7 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers (9-18, 5-10 OVC)

Live Video: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Radio: 887 The Sound (T.J. Weber, Joe Pott)
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com

TIGHT RACE

The top eight Ohio Valley Conference teams will meet in March at Nashville, Tennessee's Municipal Auditorium. The conference race currently features eight teams within two games of each other. Two of those eight teams will not make the OVC Tournament field.

OVC TOURNAMENT FIELD

If SIUE wins, it will be the No. 3 seed for the OVC Tournament and play Thursday, March 2.

LAST GAME

Nakiah Bell scored a career-high 23 points last Saturday as SIUE downed Murray State 85-76 at the CFSB Center. Bell hit five three-pointers and finished 9 of 15 from the field. Lauren White and Donshel Beck added 18 points each.

SENIOR DAY

Cassidy Sherman is the lone senior on this year's roster.

SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS
The Panthers are led by Grace Lennox, who has started all 27 games. She averaged 16.6 points per game. Erica Brown, who is averaging 11.8 points per game, is the team's leading rebounder at 8.0 per game. Eastern Illinois is coming off its third overtime victory of the season, a 78-73 win at Austin Peay.

SERIES STUFF

SIUE has now won the last six meetings between the two squads, but EIU leads the overall series 14-8 dating back to 1981. SIUE won the game earlier this season at Eastern Illinois 75-59.

NO. 3 NATIONALLY

Gwen Adams did not attempt a free throw at Murray State and is now No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage at 93.1 percent (108-115).

CAREER SCORING
SIUE has four current players among the top 50 in scoring all-time. 

24.          948         Donshel Beck (89 games)

28.          906         Gwen Adams (90)

35.          748         Micah Jones (87)

45.          541         Lauren White (59)

ON THE GLASS

SIUE has grabbed a season-best 50 rebounds in two out of its last three games, including a 50-27 advantage at Murray State. The 23-rebound difference was a season best.

BLOCKING GAME

Sydney Bauman leads the Cougars this season with 34 blocks. The sophomore currently is No. 4 all-time at SIUE in blocks with 64. The school record is 126 by Crystal Gladson (1997-2000).

BEYOND THE ARC

Nakiah Bell is fourth in the OVC in three-point field goals made (68), per game (2.43) and percentage (39.3).

TRIPLE DIGITS

Bell became the 26th player in school history to record 100 or more assists in a single season. She is 14th all-time in a single season with 120. The all-time record is 166 set by SIUE Athletics Hall of Famer Nancy Swain during the 1980-81 season.

TO THE LINE FOR TWO SHOTS

SIUE is now No. 19 nationally in free throws made (419) and No. 26 in free throw attempts (572). The Cougars are 66th nationally in free throw percentage at 73.3 percent.

COMMON GROUND

SIUE won all 12 of its games this season when attempting more free throws than its opponents.

 
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