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PREVIEW: SIUE Welcomes Austin Peay Thursday

Austin Peay

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (7-8, 2-2 OVC) vs. Austin Peay Governors (7-8, 2-2 OVC)
Thu., Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

THURSDAY'S EVENTS
-- 70s night
-- Halftime - Prima Dance & Tumbling
-- New ticket deal available (4 for $44 - 4 tickets, 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs) - call (855) SIUE-TIX for more information

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
Live Audio: www.SIUECougarNetwork.com

 
ABOUT THURSDAY'S OPPONENT
• Austin Peay is hitting 8.5 three-pointers per game, which is ranked No. 2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
• Arielle Gonzalez-Varner and Keisha Gregory are No. 10 and No. 11 among OVC scorers with 13.3 and 12.8 points per game, respectively.
• Gregory leads the OVC in free throw percentage at 93.4 percent (57-61).
 
LAST GAME
Jay'nee Alston hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left as SIUE women's basketball collected a 51-47 road victory at Jacksonville State. SIUE had to come from behind being down 10 points with 2:56 left in the third period.
 
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 against McKendree. She recorded her 300th career victory last season.
• This is the 18th meeting in the series. SIUE defeated Austin Peay 76-43 at the OVC Tournament last season in what was the biggest win in the series.
Sydney Bauman recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Tennessee Tech.
• Bauman needs nine rebounds to take over the No. 10 spot in all-time rebounds at SIUE. She has 624. Kris Held (1988-91) recorded 632.
• Bauman is ranked 29th nationally in blocked shots (33) and 31st in blocks per game (2.20)
Micah Jones is tied for No. 33 on the all-time scoring list for SIUE with 866 points. She has 40 double-digit scoring outings in her collegiate career.
• SIUE is No. 5 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 23.2 percent.
• SIUE has recorded 50-plus rebounds in two out of its last three games.
• The Cougars are second in the OVC in rebound margin at +3.2.
• SIUE is No. 2 in the OVC in offensive rebounds per game (15.2) and fourth in defensive rebounds (26.3).
• After four conference games, SIUE is one of six OVC teams with a 2-2 record. Tennessee Tech is the lone undefeated team in conference play.
• 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).

 




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