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Hedberg, Cougars Look Past Milestone Win

January 18, 2005

         Just a few days removed from winning her 400th career victory, SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg realizes the accomplishment, but she is looking to improve on the teams three game-winning streak.
         It was nice to get the win," said Hedberg. "I can't say enough about the team and how hard they are playing right now."
         The Cougars are 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as they head to the road this weekend to play at Southern Indiana on Thursday and at Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday. SIUE is sixth place in the conference, one-half game ahead of the Panthers and game and one and one-half in front of the Screaming Eagles.
         "They are both good teams," said Hedberg. "USI is going to be dangerous. Also, the Sportcenter (Kentucky Wesleyan) is a tough place to play and get out of there with a victory."
         The Cougars have stepped up their defense in recent games utilizing a zone defense to stop teams interior play.
         "We are playing with it (zone defense)," said Hedberg. "We have played some really good post players in this conference. It has been working for us."
         Junior Alisa Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif.) has stepped up her play with 16 points and eight rebounds in the win over Quincy.
         "She is doing a great job for us right now," said Hedberg. "She gives us added depth at the post position."
         Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) continues her solid play, averaging 10.3 points per game and shooting 43 percent (43-100) from three-point land. Sykes is third in the GLVC in three-point field goal percentage and three pointers made per game (2.53).
         "She is that kind of shooter," said Hedberg. "If you give her just a second to get the shot off, she can be deadly."
         "She played well defensively," said Hedberg. "She gave us some good minutes off the bench."
         The Cougars rank fourth in the league in points per game, giving up an average of 62.7 while holding teams to 39.7 percent shooting from the field.
         SIUE faces Southern Indiana on Thursday at 5:15 before visiting Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
                  -siue cougars-

Wendy Hedberg
Coach Wendy Hedberg

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