EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher has announced the addition of two players for next season.
Donshel Beck (St. Louis, Mo.) and Sidney Smith (Carterville, Ill.) have signed National Letters of Intent and will continue their basketball careers for the Cougars.
Beck, a 5-foot, 9-inch guard, averaged 21.5 points per game her senior season while setting both the career scoring record with 1,457 points and the single-season record with 511 points at Ritenour High School. A two-time first team Suburban North All-Conference selection Beck earned multiple All-Tournament team awards as well as being a two time Ritenour Most Valuable Player.
"She is a tough competitor and has a great passion for the game," said Buscher. "Donshel brings athleticism along with a physical style of play that will allow her to make an easy transition into the college game."
Smith, a 5-8 guard, averaged 20 points per game, including 130 three-pointers in her senior campaign at Carterville High School. Her 130 three-pointers rank her fourth all-time in Illinois High School Association history for a single season. A second-team All-State selection, Smith helped Carterville to a River to River Conference Championship and a 27-4 record.
"Sidney not only can light it up from deep three-point range, but she can also come off screens and does a great job of reading the defense," said Buscher.
"Both Sidney and Donshel are outstanding people who excel on the court and in the classroom," added Buscher. "They will bring much needed depth to our perimeter positions, and we are proud to have them join our Cougar family."
Smith and Beck will join Erin Kelly (Pontiac, Ill./Parkland CC) and Gwen Adams (St. Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word) as newcomers on the Cougar roster for next season.