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PREVIEW: SIUE Opens Up OVC Season vs. Southeast Missouri

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SIUE Cougars (5-6, 0-0 OVC) vs. Southeast Missouri Redhawks (5-6, 0-0 OVC)
Thu., Jan. 3, 5:30 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

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Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
• Preseason All-Conference pick Tesia Thompson leads the team in scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.7 per game).
• Adrianna Murphy leads the OVC and is 16th nationally in steals per game (3.36).
• Thompson is tops in the OVC in both free throws made (55) and attempted (80).
 
LAST GAME
•  Christen King sank a tie-breaking free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 64-63 win over McKendree at the Vadalabene Center.
 
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 recorded win No. 100 at SIUE Sunday. She recorded her 300th career victory last season.
• This is the 39th regular season meeting between SIUE and Southeast Missouri. SIUE is 12-5 against SEMO since the 2009-10 season.
Christen King became the third different player to record a double-double this season as she scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against McKendree.
• King has averaged 15.0 points and shot 56.3 percent (18-32) over the last three games.
• SIUE broke the school record for blocks in a game 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. 6 nationally three-point field goal percentage defense (22.8 percent).
Micah Jones needs one more double-digit scoring outing for 40 in her collegiate career.
• SIUE is ranked 22nd nationally in fewest turnovers with 155. The Cougars are 49th overall in turnovers per game at 14.1 per contest.
• Six different players have led the Cougars in scoring through 11 games and no one has done it more than three times. Allie Troeckler and Sydney Bauman each have been the leading scorer three times.
• All 13 players who entered the game Sunday vs. McKendree scored at least one point. Alec Akuen led the team off the bench with nine points.
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