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PREVIEW: SIUE Faces Austin Peay in Road Tilt

Austin Peay

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (10-11, 5-5 OVC) vs. Austin Peay Governors (10-11, 5-5 OVC)
Thu., Feb. 7, 5:15 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Austin Peay knocked Tennessee Tech out of first place last week with a 72-65 road win and then lost this past Saturday at Jacksonville State 67-56.
• This is the second meeting of the season between SIUE and Austin Peay. Keisha Gregory led the Governors in the last meeting, a 69-68 SIUE win, with 20 points.
• Six different players have at least 10 three-pointers made. Brandi Ferbi leads the team with 32 three-pointers coverted.
 
LAST GAME
Micah Jones scored a season-best 22 points as the Cougars defeated Eastern Kentucky 74-55. SIUE ended a three-game skid.
 
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 shot a season-best 55.2 percent from the field against Eastern Kentucky, hitting 32 of 58 shots.
• Jones became the 30th player in school history to pass 900 career points. She currently has 922 points. Only 26 players in school history have passed the 1,000 mark.
Zaria Whitlock (eight points), Mikala Hall (nine points) and Lyric Boone (six points) all recorded career highs in scoring against Eastern Kentucky. Mikia Keith matched her career best with seven points.
• Bauman, who has 44 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 177.
• Bauman is the first player in school history to record 40 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons.
• SIUE is No. 9 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 25.7 percent. Southeast Missouri hit 6 of 16 three-pointers (37.5 percent) in the previous meeting.
Nakiah Bell has 147 career three-pointers made and is sixth on the all-time list.
• 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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