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Women;s Basketball Eyes Conference Games


Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes

January 3, 2005


         The SIUE women's basketball team returns to the Vadalabene Center for a three-game homestand over the next two weeks. Coach Wendy Hedberg is looking for her club to gain some momentum as it starts the heart of the Great Lakes Valley Conference season.
         The Cougars have record of 6-8 overall, and 1-4 in GLVC play.
         "We are struggling right now with scoring and hitting open shots," said Hedberg. "I am happy with our defensive effort. We are holding teams under their average scoring."
         SIUE is allowing 63.6 points per game this season while holding their opponents' field goal percentage to less than 40 percent this year.
         "We are digging ourselves holes in games where we are always trying to come from behind," said Hedberg. "That is going to take its toll on your team."
         The Cougars return home to face St. Joseph's (3-9, 1-4 GLVC) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., before welcoming conference leading UW-Parkside on Saturday at 1 p.m.
         "A win would do a ton of good for us to build our confidence," said Hedberg. "Those will be two tough games for us," said Hedberg. "St. Joe's is a hard nosed team. Then you turn around and play (UW-) Parkside who has been playing great basketball."
         Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) is leading SIUE with 11.1 points a game. She is sixth in the GLVC in field goal percentage at 56.1 percent. McMillen recorded a double-double (23 points, 13 rebounds) in the loss at Bellarmine on Dec. 30. McMillen also is shooting 82.9 percent from the free throw line this season.
         Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) is fourth in the conference in three-point field goals made per game at 2.21, and 31 of Sykes' 40 field goals have been three -pointers this season.
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