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Cougars Set for Four-Game Road Trip


Tiffany Sproat
Tiffany Sproat


January 31, 2005


         After losing three of their last four games SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg believes that her team has to play like "there is no tomorrow" in the final eight regular season games .
         The Cougars currently sit in seventh place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, with eight of the 11 teams making the postseason tournament. SIUE has a record of 10-11 overall and 5-7 in league play.
         "We have to find ourselves and play with the same energy and confidence we had when we were winning," said Hedberg. "We need to go back to the basics and fine tune everything for the stretch run."
         Of their final eight games, the Cougars play six of eight games on the road with five of those contests coming against teams that are ahead of SIUE in the GLVC.
         "They are not going to be easy games," said Hedberg. "The two that we have at home are going to be tough."
         SIUE travels north to face UW-Parkside on Thursday, then visit Lewis for another tough matchup on Saturday.
         They are going to be ready for us," said Hedberg. "Lewis is a tough place to play and so is Parkside. It is going to be a battle."
         Even though the Cougars dropped two games over this past weekend, they did pick up some solid performance from two bench players.
         Freshman Tiffany Sproat (Belleville) recorded a career-high 19 points in the contest versus Indianapolis, shooting 8 of 11 from the field.
         "Tiffany is starting to shoot the ball better in practice," said Hedberg. "She is a competitor. She plays hard, and she is on the floor for everything. She gives us that extra boost or energy that we need."
         Sophomore Jamie Kennedy (Colfax) came in off the bench to chip in a season-high 10 points while grabbing six rebounds against the Greyhounds.
         "She came in and had a great game," said Hedberg. "I was happy to see her play well."
         Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) needs just three three-pointers to break the school record for threes made in a season at 57.
         Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) and Sykes rank first on the team in scoring at 11.1 points a contest.
         SIUE will be in Kenosha, Wis., Thursday to face the Rangers at 5:30 p.m. and then on to Lewis on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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