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Troeckler, Cougars Defeat Purdue Fort Wayne

Allie Troeckler
Allie Troeckler

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Allie Troeckler posted her first career double-double Saturday as SIUE women's basketball improved to a 3-1 record with a 57-49 victory at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Troeckler finished with a season-high 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She shot 7 of 11 from the field and added a block and two steals.

"You can't say enough about Troeckler because she just grinds," said SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher. "She plays tough and shows a level of toughness."

Purdue-Fort Wayne, 3-4, went back and forth with the Cougars in the first period only to have SIUE score the final four points of the period after being tied 12-12. Christen King hit a jumper with 56 seconds left and Zaria Whitlock added two free throws to give SIUE a 16-12 advantage after the first break.

The Cougars continued to strengthen its lead in the second period, adding four more points to the lead to take a 28-20 lead into halftime.

Buscher said she thought the Cougars backed down a bit and missed some good offensive opportunities in the third period as the Mastodons brought it back to a four-point game at 36-32 with 10 minutes left.

ShToya Sanders led the Mastodons in scoring with 12 points for the game.

"I thought we did a great job defensively on their top scorers," said Buscher. De'Jour Young was leading the team with 14.3 points per game and was held to four. Kierstyn Repp, who was averaging 11.0 points per game, scored just two.

"We had our offense going for a little while and then when things got rough our defense was strong," said Troeckler. "We stepped up and made plays on defense to get things going again on offense."

"In the fourth, they started getting aggressive again and getting out in the passing lane," said Buscher. "Then we got some good transition buckets. We got a spread in the score, and we needed every bit of it to win."

The Mastodons came within one point at 36-35 with 9:11 to play on a three-pointer by PFW's Anna Lappenkuper.

That's when SIUE's offense kicked back in gear, making a 9-2 run that put the team ahead by nine.

 "Knowing that your team is with you even when you make a mistake -  it boosts your confidence a lot," said Troeckler.

Micah Jones, who had a free throw at the end of the 9-2 run, was the only other Cougar in double figures with 10 points.

"I thought Micah played a really solid game," noted Buscher.

SIUE closed out the win by staying tough on defense, including winning the rebound battle by its biggest margin of the season 46-37. That included 17 offensive rebounds.

"This was a good road win because we had the ebbs and flows," said Buscher. "The one thing that is consistent with our team is the work ethic."

SIUE's next action is one week from today at Chaifetz Arena to take on Saint Louis. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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