EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE used a 17-0 run midway through the second half to collect an 85-63 triumph over Lindenwood Tuesday in women's basketball exhibition play at the Vadalabene Center.
"Jessie did a nice job," said SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher. "She and Val need to let it fly (on three-pointers) because they're very good shooters, and they work hard on it. Those shots relieved us a little bit from what we needed to do defensively."
Lindenwood, fresh off a 70-55 win over SIU Carbondale in a road exhibition game three days ago, picked up 14 points from Dru Haerling and 11 from Marissa Lehnig.
SIUE's defense held Lindenwood to 31.3 percent (20-64) shooting while the Cougars connected on an impressive 56.6 percent (30-53) from the field.
"I was pleased with our effort," said Buscher. "One thing we demand and the players demand of themselves is that consistent effort for 40 minutes. I thought you saw that tonight."
"We're so young," Buscher said. "You see how we do some really nice things, but then get a little out of control at times. I think that's just our youth showing, and it's something we need to keep working on."
The Cougars had as much as a 14-point lead late in the first half. SIUE used a balanced attack with nine different players scoring in the opening 20 minutes.
"Coming out of halftime I was a little disappointed because we let them go on a run," said Buscher. "But late in the game, I thought we settled down a little bit and took better care of the basketball."
Lindenwood rallied to take the lead 49-48 with 10:52 left on a three-point play by point guard Jenny Rocha. Kassidy Gengenbacher hit two free throws with 8:54 left for another one-point lead at 53-52.
Wendt got the Cougars started on their 17-0 run with a three-pointer. Nearly four minutes later, SIUE pushed the lead to 16 points on another layup by Wendt.
"Our players did a good job responding after Lindenwood took the lead, and that's what we're looking for," said Buscher. "Even though I talk about us being young, that was a sign of us maturing and getting better. They took the momentum from the game, but we stepped up and that was a huge part of the game for us."
SIUE opens the regular season Sunday with a 2 p.m. game at Missouri.
--Freshman Micah Jones grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds as SIUE outrebounded the Lions 47-29.
--Decker scored just three points as a starter but led all players with six assists.
--SIUE shot 62.1 percent in the second half, including 5-7 (71.4 percent) from three-point range.