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Cougars Remain in GLVC Hunt


Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes


February 21, 2005


         SIUE women's basketball begins the week on the outside looking in as far as their standing for the eight-team Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
         Even though the Cougars, 11-16 overall and 6-12 in the league, have only won two of their last 10 games. They are tied with Soutern Indiana for eighth place and one-half game behind Kentucky Wesleyan for the seventh spot.
         "The good news is that we are still in the hunt," said SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg. "We are not out of it by any means yet. "We are going to give it our best shot."
         The Screaming Eagles hold the the tie-breaker over the Cougars after defeating them twice this season.
         The Cougars would hold the tie-breaker over Kentucky Wesleyan by splitting the two regular season games with the Panthers yet winning the next tie-breaker which is wins over the highest seed in the league. SIUE split with Quincy and UW-Parkside, while the Panthers were swept by both teams.
         This weekend, SIUE travels to Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's for the final two games of the season.
         "Indy is playing really well," said Hedberg. "You never know what you are going to get from St. Joe's, especially at their place."
         Freshman Whitney Skyes (Pontoon Beach) has scored a three-pointer in 25 consecutive games and 26 of 27 games this season. Sykes is second on the team averaging 11.1 points per game.
         "She probably has as good of shot as anyone," said Hedberg. "It's amazing what she has done as a freshman."
         The Cougars tip off against Indianapolis is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday before the regular season finale with St. Joseph's on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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