Cougars Handle SEMO 63-48
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Raven Berry recorded her ninth double-double of the season as SIUE women's basketball rolled to a 63-48 victory at the Vadalabene Center over visiting Southeast Missouri.
The Cougars, now 15-9 overall and 9-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference, used a 16-4 run in the first half to set the early tone. The Cougars led by as many 25 points in the game and were never threatened in the second half.
Monday's action marked SIUE's effort in Play 4 Kay - Breast Cancer Awareness game.
"Anything we can do to help move forward towards a cure, or find better treatment, better preventative measures, anything we can do to advance the fight against it is a fantastic thing. It is fantastic for our young women on both teams to play in the game and raise their awareness, and their friends' awareness. As a culture, it makes everything better," said SIUE Head Coach Amanda Levens.
Berry finished the game with 11 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. The junior center had nine offensive rebounds in what would be the 21st double-double of her career.
Jazmin Hill ended the game with 14 points, including four three-pointers. It was the ninth time this season the Cougar sophomore has recorded four or more three-pointers in a game.
"We had great balance," said Levens. "Jazmin got us going early, hit some big shots, and really wanted the ball. I loved her response to start the game. Raven had a good game again. She didn't finish particularly well but she did a great job rebounding her misses."
Michaela Herrod polished off SIUE's scorers in double figures with 10 points.
Bianca Beck and Brittany Harriel led SEMO in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. SEMO's record dropped to 6-20 and 3-10 in the OVC.
The Cougars had little trouble in the first half finding opportunities. The Cougars shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Hill had 11 of her game-high 14 points in the first half alone.
SIUE's defense held SEMO to 30.2 percent shooting (16-53).
"I was very pleased with our team defense, especially the first 30 minutes of the game. They did a great job of executing the game plan and playing together," Levens said.
"It's great to know that we can sub and go into our bench and there is not a drop off. I was very pleased with our bench effort," added Levens.
The Cougars now hit the road for its three final OVC games. The Cougars next travel to Charleston Saturday for a rematch with the Panthers of Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m.