Sat., Feb. 4, 12 p.m. CT
SIUE Cougars (9-14, 5-5 OVC) vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (10-12, 3-7 OVC)
SIUE will be in the Pink Zone for today's game against Jacksonville State. Coach Buscher is challenging fans to donate to $25 per three-pointer made. For more information, go to siuecougars.com/promotions/2017PinkZone.
The two teams with the longest winning streaks in the Ohio Valley Conference clashed Wednesday, and Belmont downed SIUE at the Curb Event Center 94-67. SIUE women's basketball had its four-game winning streak snapped. Belmont extended its win streak to 12 games and remained undefeated in conference play at 10-0.
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE
The Gamecocks lead the OVC in scoring defense, allowing just 61.8 points per game. Briana Benson is the team's leading scorer with 12.0 points per game. Tyler Phelion leads the rebounding efforts with 7.1 per contest.
Jacksonville State holds a 4-3 series edge. The last two meetings occurred in 2015. On Jan. 1, 2015 (2014-15 season), the Gamecocks defeated the Cougars 72-69 at the Vadalabene Center. On Dec 31, 2015 (2015-16 season), SIUE edged Jacksonville State 62-57.
NO. 3 NATIONALLY
Gwen Adams went 1 for 2 in free throws at Belmont and is now No. 3 nationally in free throw percentage at 92.9 percent (92-99).
Donshel Beck recorded her third double-double of the season and the 11th of her collegiate career with 22 points and 15 rebounds at Belmont.
Micah Jones has scored double digits in each of her last three games with 10 against Tennessee State, a season-high 15 at Eastern Illinois and 13 at Belmont.
Elina Berzina set a personal best with four steals at Belmont. She played 13 minutes against the Bruins.
TO THE LINE FOR TWO SHOTS
KNOCKING THEM DOWN
SIUE is No. 1 in the OVC and 71st nationally in free throw percentage at 73.0 percent.
SIUE's streak of consecutive games outrebounding its opponents by more than 10 ended at six games after Belmont outrebounded the Cougars by two Wednesday.
ON THE BOARDS
Beck tied her career high with 15 rebounds at Belmont and is now third in the OVC in rebounds with 175.
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 876 points. Beck is in 32nd overall with 864 points. Micah Jones is 36th with 713 points.
CLOSING IN ON TOP 50
Lauren White needs 25 points to jump into the list of the top 50 scorers all-time at SIUE.
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.