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PREVIEW: SIUE, UT Martin Clash Saturday

UT Martin

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (9-9, 4-3 OVC) vs. UT Martin Skyhawks (13-5, 5-2 OVC)
Sat., Jan. 26, 1 p.m. CT
Martin, Tenn. | Kathleen and Tom Elam Center

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT SATURDAY'S OPPONENT
• UT Martin has won five of its last six games, including a 90-66 triumph Thursday over Eastern Illinois.
• UT Martin is No. 6 in the nation in scoring with 82.9 points per game. The Skyhawks also are No. 10 nationally in steals per game (12.2) and free throws made (296).
• Chelsea Perry is the team's leading scorer at 12.3 points per game.
 
LAST GAME
• SIUE women's basketball roared back from 16 points down, but Southeast Missouri prevailed late in a 63-58 road loss for the Cougars at the Show Me Center. Micah Jones led the SIUE offense with 16 points off the bench. SIUE scored 19 second-chance points off its 21 offensive rebounds.
 
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.
Micah Jones needs seven points to become the 30th player in school history to record 900 career points. She has 42 double-digit scoring outings in her collegiate career.
Sydney Bauman was the leading rebounder for the 40th time in her career, grabbing nine rebounds Thrusday at Southeast Missouri.
• SIUE is No. 9 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 25.4 percent.
Sydney Bauman, who has 37 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 170.
Allie Troeckler is fourth in the OVC in free throw percentage (81.7 percent) and is 83rd nationally.
Nakiah Bell has 142 career three-pointers made and is sixth on the all-time list.
• Bell leads the Cougars in assists with 51.
• Bell has 222 career assists, which is 18th all-time at SIUE.
• Bauman is ranked 31st nationally in blocked shots (37) and 34th in blocks per game (2.06)
• 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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