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PREVIEW: Cougars Head to Windy City for Battle With Loyola

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Complete Game Notes
Alston Interview

SIUE Cougars (3-2) vs. Loyola Ramblers (5-2)
Thu., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. CT
Chicago, Ill. | Gentile Arena

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
 
TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
• The Ramblers have three players averaging double figures in scoring led by 14.4 points per game from Ellie Rice as well as 12.6 from Abby O'Connor and 11.2 from Janae Gonzalez.
• Loyola is ranked No. 7 in the country in free throw percentage at 80.4 percent. O'Connor is a perfect 18 of 18 from the line.
• Loyola has a three-game winning streak, including a 36-point win against Chicago State which the Cougars play Saturday.
 
LAST GAME
Sydney Bauman recorded her sixth career double-double, but the SIUE couldn't overcome a first-half double-digit deficit in a 63-56 loss at Saint Louis. Bauman recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds. Allie Troeckler matched her with 11 rebounds. Jay'Nee Alston was next in scoring for SIUE with 12 points.
 
OPENING TIP
• This is the seventh season for SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher. She led the Cougars to a Women's Basketball Invitational appearance last season, the second such NCAA Division I postseason tournament appearance for SIUE.
• Coach Buscher needs two victories for 100 at SIUE. She recorded her 300th career victory last season.
• Coach Buscher announced four signees during early signing period. They include 5-9 guard Piper Francis (Mountain View, Missouri), 5-10 guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana), 5-11 forward Mikayla Kinnard (Louisville, Kentucky) and Ajulu Thatha (Indianapolis, Indiana).
• SIUE is ranked No. 2 nationally in fewest turnovers with 63.
• SIUE is 0-5 all-time against Loyola. The last time these two teams met was 2009.
• The Cougars lead the OVC in fewest turnovers per game with 12.6 per contest.
• The Cougars are ranked No. 8 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense (21.7 percent).
Sydney Bauman leads the OVC in rebounds per game (10.8) and is ranked No. 31 nationally.
• The game against Loyola is the fifth of nine consecutive road games with the Cougars playing away from home Nov. 14-Dec. 21.
Micah Jones' 10 points at Purdue Fort Wayne is the most points she has scored since nabbing 13 at Jacksonville State (2/8/17). Jones has scored in double digits a team-leading 38 times in her collegiate career.
• SIUE has outrebounded all five of its opponents so far this season, but the most was by nine at Purdue Fort Wayne.
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