Thu., Mar. 2, 3 p.m. CT
SIUE Cougars (13-16, 9-7 OVC) vs. Tennessee Tech (10-19, 7-9 OVC)
This is SIUE's fifth straight appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. SIUE is 3-4 in its four previous appearances. This is the first time SIUE and Tennessee Tech have met in the OVC Tournament. The Cougars will be goinfg for their third straight appearance in the OVC semifinals.
NO. 3 SEED
The Cougars defeated Eastern Illinois 68-52 in the OVC regular season finale. Donshel Beck led the Cougars with 20 points.
SIUE defeated Tennessee Tech 60-49 on Dec. 31, 2016, in the Cougars' opening game of the OVC season. Gwen Adams led SIUE in scoring with 18 points
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH
Yaktavia Hickson finished the regular season as Tennessee Tech's leading scorer with 16.7 points per game. Treyvonna Brooks is the team's leading rebounder with 6.4 per contest.
SIUE has won the last three meetings with Tennessee Tech. SIUE's largest win in the series came Jan. 2, 2016, an 83-68 victory.
NO. 3 NATIONALLY
Gwen Adams is No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage at 93.1 percent (108-115).
SIUE ranked No. 102 nationally in toughest non-conference schedule, the best in the OVC.
BEYOND THE ARC
Nakiah Bell is fourth in the OVC in three-point field goals made (71) and second in three-point field goal percentage (40.1).
SIUE has four current players among the top 50 in scoring all-time.
24. 968 Donshel Beck (89 games) 2014-17
28. 908 Gwen Adams (90) 2014-17
35. 753 Micah Jones (87) 2013-17
45. 544 Lauren White (59) 2015-17
ON THE GLASS
SIUE has grabbed a season-best 50 rebounds in two out of its last four games, including a 50-27 advantage at Murray State. The 23-rebound difference was a season best.
Sydney Bauman leads the Cougars this season with 37 blocks. The sophomore currently is No. 4 all-time at SIUE in blocks with 67. The school record is 126 by Crystal Gladson (1997-2000).
Bell became the 26th player in school history to record 100 or more assists in a single season. She is tied for 12th all-time in a single season with 123. She needs nine for the most in a single season during the Division I era. 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 (437) and No. 27 in free throw attempts (597). The Cougars are 66th nationally in free throw percentage at 73.3 percent.
GETTING TO THE LINE
SIUE won all 13 of its games this season when attempting more free throws than its opponents.