Complete Game Notes
Lauren White is the lone player to have scored in double digits in each of SIUE's first two games.
SIX TO START
Nakiah Bell recorded six three-pointers in her first game as an SIUE Cougar at South Dakota. It was the most three-pointers since Sidney Smith hit a school-record-tying eight against Austin Peay last season.
ON THE BOARDS
Donshel Beck grabbed 11 rebounds in SIUE's loss at South Dakota State. It was the 13th time the Cougar junior has grabbed double digits in rebounds.
SIUE is 23-14 all-time in season openers. The Cougars dropped their season opener this season 75-68 at South Dakota.
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.
SIUE welcomes six newcomers to the 2016-17 roster. Nakiah 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.
Beck is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder with 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest last season. She had seven double-doubles last season and eight for her career.
Beck, Adams and White are the only returners who played in all 31 games last season.
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 from 2004 to 2008. 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).
SIUE has three current players among the top 50 in scoring all-time and each are playing in their third season of competition at SIUE. Adams is 38th with 670 points. Jones is 39th with 605 points. Beck is 44th with 555 points.
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.
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.
The proper usage of the University's name is Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. There are no hyphens or other words to connect University and Edwardsville. SIUE is the preferred reference to the athletics programs. The nickname is Cougars, which is the same for men and women.