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PREVIEW: Cougars Continues Road Trip at Murray State

Murray State

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (10-12, 5-6 OVC) vs. Murray State Racers (8-14, 4-7 OVC)
Sat., Feb. 9, 5 p.m. CT
Murray, Ky. | CFSB Center
 
Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Murray State is coming off a 60-51 overtime win over Eastern Illinois. Macey Turley and Janika Griffith-Wallace led the team with 18 points each. Evelyn Adebayo pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds.
• Adebayo is the OVC's leading rebounder at 11.5 caroms per game and leads the Racers with 17.9 points per game.
• Turley needs seven assists for 100 this season.
 
LAST GAME
• Austin Peay seemed to have all the answers Thursday in a 77-65 final over SIUE. The Governors hit 10 of 23 timely three-pointers (43.5 percent) and connected on 23 of 27 shots (85.7 percent) from the free throw line.
 
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.
Micah Jones became the 30th player in school history to pass 900 career points. She currently has 939 points. Only 26 players in school history have passed the 1,000 mark.
• In back-to-back games, SIUE's bench has provided more than 60 percent of the team's scoring. SIUE bench players have scored 91 of the team's 139 points over the last two games.
Nakiah Bell became the sixth player in school history to record 150 career three-pointers. She need two more to jump past Misi Clark (1997-00) and Jessica Robert (2000-03) for No. 4 all-time.
Sydney Bauman, who has 46 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 179.
• Bauman is the first player in school history to record 40 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons.
Christen King has scored in double digits five times this season. Bell leads the team with nine double-digit games.
• SIUE is No. 9 nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense at 25.7 percent.
• 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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