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PREVIEW: Cougars Close Out 2018 vs. McKendree

vs. McKendree

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (4-6) vs. McKendree Bearcats (8-3)
Sun., Dec. 30, 2 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

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• The Bearcats are coached by former SIUE assistant coach Kari Kerkhoff, who is in her fourth season with McKendree.
• Sydney Diekhoff is the leading scorer for McKendree with 16.3 points per game. Jordan Morton is the team's top rebounder at 8.4 per contest.
• SIUE women's basketball fought back from a 10-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter and nearly pulled off the full comeback before falling to Missouri State 68-65 at the Roos Holiday Classic. Christen King was named to the All-Tournament team.
• 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 one victory for 100 at SIUE. She recorded her 300th career victory last season.
• This is the 12th regular season meeting between SIUE and McKendree. SIUE is 10-1 against the Bearcats, having won the last meeting 83-62 on Nov. 20, 1999.
• SIUE broke the school record for blocks in a game during its last outing with 12 against Missouri State. 
• 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 20-0 under Coach Buscher when scoring 80 or more points.
• SIUE is ranked No. 4 nationally three-point field goal percentage defense (22.0 percent).
• The Cougars connected on a regular season-high nine three-pointers at Illinois. The last time SIUE has hit 10 or more as a team was Nov. 11, 2016, against South Dakota.
Micah Jones needs one more double-digit scoring outing for 40 in her collegiate career.
• SIUE is ranked 21st nationally in fewest turnovers with 140. The Cougars are 43rd overall in turnovers per game at 14.0 per contest.
• This is the final nonconference contest of the regular season for the Cougars. SIUE begins Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday, Jan. 3, with a 5:30 p.m. game against Southeast Missouri.


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