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PREVIEW: SIUE Women's Basketball Travels to South Dakota State

PREVIEW: SIUE Women's Basketball Travels to South Dakota State

Game Notes

Game #2
Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
Brookings, S.D.
Frost Arena 

Live Video: gojacks.com/watch
Radio: 887 The Sound (T.J. Weber)
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
Live Stats: SIUECougars.com

SEASON OPENERS

SIUE is now 23-14 all-time in season openers after dropping its 2016-17 opener Friday 75-68 at South Dakota.

SOUTH DAKOTA RECAP

Nakiah Bell opened her SIUE career with six three-pointers and led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points. Lauren White joined Bell in double figures with 16 points. The Cougars hit 10 three-pointers.

OFF THE BENCH

SIUE's bench provided 32 of the team's 68 points against South Dakota. After Bell's 18 points, the scoring off the bench included seven from Amri Wilder, five from Sidney Smith and two from Micah Jones.

SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

The Jacks fiinished with four players in double figures in a 63-56 win over Creighton Friday. Kerri Young led the Jacks with 17 points. Clarissa Ober added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

SIUE STARTERS RETURNING

SIUE has three starters from last year's final game returning to the roster this season - Sidney Smith, Donshel Beck and Gwen Adams.

OVC PICKS

SIUE women's basketball was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference after advancing to the conference tournament semifinals for the second straight year.

SCORING EXPERIENCE

SIUE has three current players among the top 50 in scoring all-time and each have played two seasons of competition. Adams is 38th with 666 points. Jones is 40th with 599 points. Beck is 44th with 546 points.

NEWCOMERS

SIUE welcomes six newcomers to the 2016-17 roster. Bell (St. Louis, Mo.) was a transfer from Iowa State. Cassidy Sherman is the team's lone senior and played four seasons with the SIUE women's soccer team. Elina Berzina is a transfer from Independence Community College. Maddy Greeling is a freshman from Brighton, Illinois. Cloe Churchill is a freshman from Canton, Illinois. Dearria Watson is a freshman from Salem, Illinois.

SCORING ATTACK

Beck is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder with 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest. She had seven double-doubles last season and eight for her career.

NEW COACH ON STAFF

Dodie Dunson was named an assistant coach for the Cougars in June. He spent the last two seasons as a Director of Basketball Operations at Western Illinois.

SHOOTING THE TREY

Smith has 119 career three-pointers and is No. 7 all-time at SIUE. The school record holder is Whitney Sykes with 277 (2004-08). Smith tied the single-game record for three-pointers with eight against Austin Peay, joining record holders Whitney Sykes (05-06) and Jazmin Hill (11-12).

HOME OPENER

SIUE's home opener is Nov. 23 against SIU Carbondale at 7 p.m. It is the longest wait for an SIUE home opener of the NCAA Division I era and the longest since the Cougars opened the 2007-08 season against Bellarmine Nov. 29, 2007.

TOURNAMENT TIME

The Cougars scheduled two tournaments this season beginning with the Air Force Tournament Dec. 2-3. SIUE also travels to DeLand, Florida, for the Stetson Tournament Dec. 19-20.

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