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PREVIEW: Cougars Set for Exhibition Contest

SIUE vs. UMSL

Complete Game Notes

EXHIBITION GAME
SIUE (0-0) vs. UMSL (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Edwardsville, Ill.
Vadalabene Center

Radio: WSIE FM 88.7
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com 
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com
 
TOP STORYLINES
• These two teams met during the regular season during the 2016-17 campaign with SIUE capturing a 59-49 win at the Vadalabene Center on Dec. 11.
• The 2016-17 season officially ended for the Cougars exactly seven months ago on Mar. 3 when SIUE was ousted from the OVC Tournament 61-58 by OVC Tournament runner-up Eastern Kentucky.
• SIUE returns its entire starting lineup from the EKU game and has added six new faces to the roster - junior Jay'Nee Alston (Fort Smith, Arkansas), sophomore Jordi Harre (Nashville, Illinois) as well as freshmen Lyric Boone (Rochester, Illinois), Christen King (Medina, Tennessee), Allie Troeckler (Bethalto, Illinois) and Zaria Whitlock (St. Paul, Minnesota).
 
LAST MEETING (12/11/16)
SIUE women's basketball went on an 11-2 run to start the second half and defeated Missouri-St. Louis 59-49 at the Vadalabene Center. It was the first time the two teams had met in a regular season game since Feb. 14, 2008. Lauren White led four SIUE players in double figures with 12 points.

SCOUTING UMSL
UMSL has been picked to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Central Division. The Tritons  may have an advantage later in the season when the GLVC Tournament is played at the Vadalabene Center March 1-4. UMSL, under the direction of sixth-year Head Coach Katie Vaughn, is coming off a 16-12 record last season.
 
PRESEASON PICKS
Donshel Beck was selected as a member of the preseason All-OVC. She averaged 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season.
 
2017-18 OVC Women's Basketball
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (22) 242
2. SIUE 199
3. UT Martin 198
4. Morehead State 192
5. Tennessee Tech 133
6. Austin Peay 120
7. Jacksonville State 111
T8. Murray State 101
T8. Southeast Missouri 101
10. Eastern Kentucky 83
11. Eastern Illinois 64
12. Tennessee State 38
 
NATIONAL TV
The SIUE-UT Martin game scheduled for Feb. 15 in Martin, Tennessee, will be broadcast on ESPNU.
 
NEW FACES ON SIDELINES
Destiny Bramblett, a native of Radcliff, Kentucky, joined the SIUE coaching staff in August. Most recently, she was the Director of Basketball Operations at Marshall. Bramblett was a standout player at Chattanooga, where she helped the Mocs to a 126-36 and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
M.J. Grothe also joined the program in July as the Director of Operations. She previously was an assistant coach at North Dakota State from 2008 to 2010. Most recently, she has worked as a Health and Wellness Director at the Kirkwood-Webster (Missouri) YMCA.
 
NEXT EVENT
SIUE begins the 2017-18 regular season on the road at Nebraska of the Big Ten. The start time, just announced earlier this week, is 3 p.m. SIUE's home opener is Nov. 17 against Air Force with a 7 p.m. start.