PREVIEW: Education Day for Cougars vs. Morehead State

Morehead State

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (9-10, 4-4 OVC) vs. Morehead State Eagles (15-6, 6-2 OVC)
Thu., Jan. 31, 11 a.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

  • Education Day – 3,000+ Metro East students at the game
  • Game Sponsor – Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery
  • Halftime – K9's in Flight
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Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
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ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Morehead State comes into the contest with a five-game winning streak. All five of the wins have been by double digits.
• The Eagles have four players averaging double digits in scoring led by 19.3 per game from Aliyah Jeune and 18.0 from Miranda Crockett.
• Morehead State leads the OVC in several statistical categories, including field goal percentage (44.7) and turnover margin (+6.48).
 
LAST GAME
• Despite a career-high 18 points from senior guard Jay'nee Alston, SIUE dropped the back end of this road trip Saturday with a 68-55 loss at UT Martin.
 
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 became the 30th player in school history to pass 900 career points. Only 26 players in school history have passed the 1,000 mark.
Sydney Bauman has been the leading rebounder in 41 games during her collegiate career.
• Bauman, who has 40 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 173.
• Bauman is the first player in school history to record 40 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons.
• Bauman is ranked 31st nationally in blocked shots (40) and 30th in blocks per game (2.11).
• SIUE is No. 14 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 25.9 percent.
Allie Troeckler leads the Cougars in steals with 30, just ahead of Christen King with 28. Both have had three-plus steals in a game four times this season.
Nakiah Bell has 144 career three-pointers made and is sixth on the all-time list.
• In back-to-back games, SIUE is playing a team ranked in the top 12 in the nation in team scoring. UT Martin is eighth at 82.1 points per game. Morehead State is 12th at 81.5 points per game.
• 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).