Wed., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. CT
Curb Event Center
SIUE Cougars (9-13, 5-4 OVC) vs. Belmont Bruins (17-5, 9-0 OVC)
SIUE women's basketball ran its season-best winning streak to four games with a 75-59 road triumph at Eastern Illinois. SIUE shot 71.4 percent from the field in the fourth period, hitting 10 of 14 shots to sail past the Panthers. After shooting 40 percent (10-25) in the first half, the Cougars surged in the second half to shoot 63.3 percent (19-30).
The Bruins are undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference and lead the league in scoring offense (75.3), scoring margin (+10.2), three-point field goal percentage (35.8), assists per game (17.2) and rebounding margin (+10.3).
The series is tied 3-3. The two teams split last season with the Cougars winning at the Vadalabene Center and Belmont taking the game in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
LEADING THE NATION
Gwen Adams is No. 1 nationally in free throw percentage at 93.8 percent. She has hit 91 of 97 from the charity stripe this season, including all five of her attempts at Eastern Illinois.
TWO TOP REBOUNDING TEAMS
Tonight's game features the top two rebounding teams in the OVC. Belmont is outrebounding its opponents by 10.3 per game. SIUE is second in the OVC with a rebound differential of 3.3 per game. The Cougars have outrebounded their last six opponents.
Micah Jones shot 7 for 9 from the field Saturday and scored 15 points at Eastern Illinois. Jones played 22 minutes off the bench and added six rebounds.
SIUE will be in the Pink Zone for its Feb. 4 game against Jacksonville State. Coach Buscher is challenging fans to donate to $25 per three-pointer made Feb. 4. For more information, go to siuecougars.com/promotions/2017PinkZone.
HITTING THE BOARDS
Amri Wilder set a new career high at UT Martin with eight rebounds. Her previous career best had been five.
After Sydney Bauman recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Murray State and Southeast Missouri, Donshel Beck picked up her second double-double of the season at UT Martin. The Cougars have seven total double-doubles as Gwen Adams leads the team with three.
TO THE LINE FOR TWO SHOTS
SIUE is now No. 9 nationally in free throws made (338) and No. 15 in free throw attempts (461). Donshel Beck and Gwen Adams are tied for second in the OVC and 41st nationally with 91 free throws made.
KNOCKING THEM DOWN
SIUE is No. 1 in the OVC and 65th nationally in free throw percentage at 73.3 percent.
SIUE has three current players among the top 40 in scoring all-time and each are playing in their third season at SIUE. Adams is 30th all-time with 873 points. Beck is in 33rd overall with 842 points. Micah Jones is 36th with 700 points.
Nakiah Bell has been SIUE's top threat from three-point range. She is fourth in the OVC with 53 three-pointers.