PREVIEW: Bahamas Bound for SIUE
Dec. 17, 2011
Mon., Dec. 19, 6 p.m. ET
SIUE (5-4, 0-0 OVC)
vs. Georgia Tech (7-3, 0-0 ACC)
Tue., Dec. 20, 6 p.m. ET
vs. Georgia State (3-5, 0-1 CAA)
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
First Meeting: n/a
Record at SIUE: 0-0
Record at Georgia Tech/Georgia State: 0-0
Largest SIUE win: n/a
Largest Georgia Tech/Georgia State win: n/a
Current Streak: First meeting
FOUR IN TOP 50
Four current players are among the top 50 all-time scorers at SIUE. They include Raven Berry (793), Melia Duncan (773), Michaela Herrod (489), and Jazmin Hill (485).
SIUE is playing Georgia Tech and Georgia State for the first time in school history. It is also the first time SIUE has ever played a school from the state of Georgia.
HEMPEN EARNS HONOR
Freshman Katie Hempen was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Freshman of the Week for the second time this season after she posted a game-high 17 points in SIUE's 72-57 road victory at IPFW. Hempen is fourth on the squad with a 9.3 scoring average and has hit the most free throws with 28.
Head Coach Amanda Levens has kept the same lineup in SIUE's first nine games.
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
SIUE officially joined the OVC on July 1, 2008. The Cougars begin regular season competition in the OVC this season and will eligible for the OVC Tournament in 2012-13.
Courtney Kenner matched her season high at DePaul with 16 points. She leads the team in assists with 4.8 per game.
500 AND COUNTING
Berry became the 15th player in school history to pass the 500 career rebound mark and is on pace this season to join the top 10 rebounders all-time at SIUE. She currently has 522 and No. 10 is Barb Straker with 570 (1983-86).
TYING THE RECORD
Jazmin Hill's eight three-pointers against Bradley tied the single-game school record set previously by Whitney Sykes against Robert Morris during the 2005-2006 season. Hill, a sophomore, became the eighth player in school history to record 100 or more three-pointers in a career with four at IPFW.
Raven Berry recorded her third double-double of the season with a 12-point, 11-rebound effort at DePaul. Berry is averaging 13.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in road contests this season.
Jordyn Swan (Pewaukee, Wis.) and Jessie Wendt (Sigel) signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars next season. Swan, a 5-11 guard, was a first team All-State selection for Pewaukee High School last season. She averaged 15.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. Wendt, a 5-11 guard/forward, became Teutopolis' 13th player in school history to pass the 1,000-point scoring mark, completing the feat as a junior.
Field goal percentage has gone up dramatically this season to better than 41 percent. Last season, SIUE hit 37 percent of its shots from the field.
With one more start, Melia Duncan can take over the team lead in career starts with the Cougars. Duncan enters the tournament having started 54 games, the same as fellow senior Madison Meade.
GIVE ME SOME PT
Courtney Kenner is averaging 34.0 minutes per game this season. The Cougar point guard has nearly a 2-to-1 ratio of assists to turnovers. Her career high in minutes came earlier this season when she played 41 minutes in the season-opening victory against Valparaiso.