Nakiah Bell is the team's leading scorer through three games with 10.7 points per game. She 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. Beck leads the Cougars in rebounds at 7.0 per game.
SIUE is 23-14 all-time in season openers. The Cougars dropped their season opener this season 75-68 at South Dakota.
Tonight's home opener 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. SIUE is 26-11 all-time in season openers beginning with the 1979-80 season.
SIUE has won each of its last three home openers over UMKC in 2013, Drake in 2014 and Northern Illinois in 2015.
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.
Beck, Adams and White are the only returners who played in all 31 games last season.
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.
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.
Amri Wilder tied her career high with 11 points at Saint Louis. Watson scored her first two collegiate points with a field goal at Saint Louis.
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 37th with 677 points. Jones is 39th with 610 points. Beck is 43rd with 566 points.
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.