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Cougars Move Back to .500 Level Overall

Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes

January 10, 2005

         SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg picked up wins over Saint Joseph's and UW-Parkside this past weekend. The two victories may have gotten her team back to the .500 mark at 8-8, but more importantly gave her team more confidence.
         "It was big win for us in a lot of ways," said Hedberg, who needs one more victory to reach the 400-win plateau. "It just may be the thing we needed to get us going."
         The Cougars are 3-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, tied with three teams for sixth place. Quincy, (9-5, 6-1 GLVC) who is tied for first in the conference, visits the Vadalabene Center on Saturday.
         "Quincy is a very good team," said Hedberg. "They are playing pretty well right now. We will have our hands full."
         Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) has been a big contributor to the Cougars' offense. Sykes is averaging 10.1 points a game and shooting 42 percent from beyond the three point line. In her last three games, Sykes has made 13 of 23 (56 percent) shots from long-range.
         "She is doing an outstanding job," said Hedberg. "That (three-pointers) is her game. When she adds the ability to put it to the floor and create, she'll be difficult to defend."
         In a win over UW-Parkside, junior Alisa Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif.) made her first career start count and managed a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Sophomore Jamie Kennedy (Colfax) chipped in eight points in the game against the Rangers.
         "Alisa and Jamie stepped up huge for us," said Hedberg.
         Amber Wisdom (Geneso) had solid performances against Saint Joseph's and UW-Parkside. Wisdom went 6 of 11 from the floor and averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the two contests.
         "Amber played really solid at point guard," said Hedberg. "We have been trying to get her to shoot more when she is open. She knocked down some nice shots over the weekend."
         SIUE will battle the Hawks on Saturday afternoon at 1.
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