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PREVIEW: SIUE Travels to Cape Girardeau for Rematch With SEMO

at Southeast Missouri

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (9-8, 4-2 OVC) vs. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (8-9, 3-3 OVC)
Thu., Jan. 24, 5:15 p.m. CT
Cape Girardeau, Mo. | Show Me Center

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes, Randy Moehlman)
 
ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Southeast Missouri is coming off a 52-42 win at Eastern Kentucky. That is the fewest points allowed by the Redhawks this season.
• Tesia Thompson leads SEMO in both scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (6.7 rebounds per game).
• Thompson scored 22 points in SEMO's 72-62 victory Jan. 3 at the Vadalabene Center. Nakiah Bell paced SIUE in that game with 14.
 
LAST GAME
• The Cougars muffled Murray State 71-54 at the Vadalabene Center and posted their third consecutive victory. SIUE improved to 9-8 overall and jumped above .500 for the first time since Dec. 8. Bell ignited the Cougars' attack. She matched her season-best with five treys and 17 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 recorded win No. 100 at SIUE against McKendree. She recorded her 300th career victory last season.
• SIUE recorded a season-high 25 turnovers in the previous meeting against Southeast Missouri.
• SIUE is No. 7 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 24.8 percent.
• After hitting five three-pointers against Murray State, Bell has 13 career games of four or more three-pointers made.
Sydney Bauman, who has 36 blocks this season, holds the SIUE single-season record for blocks (63) set last season and is the all-time leader in blocks at SIUE with 169.
• Bauman passed Kris Held (1988-91) for No. 10 on the all-time rebounds list and now has 647.
• Bauman is ranked 30th nationally in blocked shots (36) and 32nd in blocks per game (2.12)
• Troeckler is the lone SIUE player to have started all 17 games this season.
Micah Jones needs 23 points to become the 30th player in school history to record 900 career points. She has 41 double-digit scoring outings in her collegiate career.
• 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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