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Cougars Head to GLVC Tournament


Amber Shelton
Amber Shelton

February 26, 2007


         EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is ready to start its postseason Friday at noon against Bellarmine in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
         The game kicks off the women's tournament at Roberts Stadium. The champion of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. SIUE also is among those in the running for an at-large bid.
         The Cougars finished the regular season with an overall record of 20-7 and 13-6 in the GLVC with an 86-71 win over Missouri-St. Louis Saturday night at the Vadalabene Center. It is the fifth time SIUE has recorded 20 or more victories under Coach Wendy Hedberg and the first since the 2000-2001 season.
         SIUE's defense was a big factor in Saturday's win, creating 27 turnovers. Amy Austin (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had four steals while Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) and Allison Fogle (Seminole, Fla.) each added three.
         "We did a much better job with our pressure defense in the second half," said Hedberg.
         Sykes led the team with 22 points followed by Amber Shelton (Edwardsville) with 17 and Fogle with 15.
         Next up for SIUE is the GLVC tournament and first round opponent Bellarmine.
         The Cougars faced Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky., back on Nov. 30, and it led to a 71-61 Cougar win. "It has been a while since we played them. They look good from the tape I have seen on them," said Hedberg.
         "We are excited to be going back to the GLVC Tournament. The team is ready to play," said Hedberg.
                  -siue cougars-

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