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Cougars Prepare for Crucial Homestand


Amber Wisdom
Amber Wisdom


February 14, 2005


         SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg knows that the game against Kentucky Wesleyan this Thursday will be important as her team looks to qualify for the eight-team Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.
         The Cougars, 11-14 overall and 6-10 in the GLVC, sit just one-half game (loss side) ahead of the Panthers for the seventh spot in the league. It is a three-team race as Southern Indiana trails SIUE by a full game for the final two spots in the eight-team tournament.
         "It will be fun," said Hedberg. "Everything is at stake in that game (against Kentucky Wesleyan). They are a very dangerous team. It is a huge game."
         A win would give SIUE the head-to-head tiebreaker against Kentucky Wesleyan after the Cougars defeated the Panthers 65-64 on Jan. 22.
         SIUE will head into the game after a 13-point win at Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday. The Cougars shot a season-high 65.2 percent in the contest.
         "It is just big for confidence reasons," said Hedberg. "They responded considering the circumstances at this time of the year."
         Amber Wisdom (Geneso) netted a career-high 21 points. Wisdom is leading the team in assists per game at 3.0.
         "She had a great game," said Hedberg. "She can shoot the ball well, and she put it all together against UM-St. Louis."
         Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) continues to lead the team in scoring at 11.7 points a contest and is fourth in the conference in field goal percentage at 56.6 percent (99-175).
         "She has really been carrying us," said Hedberg. "She draws a lot of double teams. She has some great moves down on the block."
         After facing Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night at 5:30, Bellarmine visits the Vadalabene Center on Saturday.
         "It will be senior day," said Hedberg. "They are kind of a rival for us. They are a high scoring team, and we want to slow their offense down."
         Tip off against the Knights is set for 1 p.m.
                  -siue cougars-

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