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Cougars Return to Conference Play


Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes

January 2, 2007


         After some great play in the Cougar Classic, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball team is ready to jump back into the Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule.
         SIUE defeated Wayne State (Mich.) 84-68 and Ferris State 77-64 over the weekend in two impressive wins. The two wins brought SIUE's season record to 9-2.
         "It was evident over the weekend that when we play as a team we can be pretty good," said SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg.
         The Cougars were led by Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach), who had 23 points and a career high 10 rebounds in the team's victory over Ferris State.
         "Everybody played well including Elyse Morris (Prophetstown) and Julie Sweetin (Benton) who both stepped up offensively," said Hedberg.
         Amy Austin (Jeffersonville, Ind.) also stepped for the Cougars offensively and played strong defense in the two victories, noted Hedberg.
         "In the Wayne State and Ferris State games, we came out with a lot of intensity and that was to our benefit," added Hedberg.
         Next up for the Cougars are two games on the road against GLVC opponents. First up will be the Missouri-Rolla Thursday and then the Missouri-St. Louis Saturday.
         Missouri-Rolla holds a three-game win streak and an overall record of 8-3. SIUE meets the Miners at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Rolla, Mo.
         "Rolla is playing well. They have some good shooters, and it is a tough place to go in to and pull out a win," said Hedberg.
         SIUE will then play at UMSL to finish off its short road trip. "They have a very good post player and are very scrappy," said Hedberg. The Cougars face off with the Riverwomen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
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