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Cougars Treating Every Game


Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes


February 7, 2005


         SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg knows that every game is a "huge game" the rest of the season if her team wants to compete in the postseason Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.
         If the season ended today, the Cougars, 10-13 overall and 5-9 in league play, would be the eighth and final seed in the tournament.
         "We are on the bubble," said Hedberg. "We have to take care of our own business and not worry about anyone else."
         The Cougars continue a four-game road swing, traveling to GLVC-leading Quincy on Thursday and then to Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday. The Cougars defeated both the Hawks and the Riverwomen earlier in the season at the Vadalabene Center.
         "Quincy plays really tough at home," said Hedberg. "That is going to be a difficult game because we got one here. UMSL is a big rivalry. They play hard and are going to come at you for 40 minutes."
         Freshman guard Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) became the single-season record holder for three-pointers in a season over the weekend. Sykes has scored 59 three-pointers this season making at least one for 21 consecutive games.
         "She works very hard at her shooting," said Hedberg. " I just see good things ahead for her. She is really going to be a tough guard in this league."
         Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) leads SIUE with 11.7 points per game after two solid performances this past weekend. McMillen netted 21 points in the loss to Lewis on Saturday, making 11 of 13 from the free throw line notching 83.9 percent free throws this season.
         "She is playing hard right now," said Hedberg. "She is doing a good job getting to the free throw line."
         The Cougars will be in Quincy on Thursday at 5:15 before visiting Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday at 5:30.
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