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PREVIEW: Cougars Set for Eastern Illinois Clash

SIUE vs. Eastern Illinois

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (10-13, 5-7 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers (10-13, 4-8 OVC)
Thu., Feb. 14, 7:30 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
• Karle Pace leads the Eastern Illinois offense with 14.6 points per game. 
• Grace McRae, the team's leading rebounder at 6.4 per contest, is coming off a career-high 16 points in a win over Austin Peay.
• Carmen Tellez currently leads the Ohio Valley Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 50 percent, hitting 42 of 84 shots.
 
LAST GAME
• Murray State used a 14-0 run in the first quarter and held on Saturday for an 81-75 victory over SIUE. The Cougars were down by 13 points in the first quarter and pushed back to take a lead in the fourth quarter, but 11 three-pointers by Murray State and a 24-of-32 effort from the free throw line from the Racers proved to be the difference.
 
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 961 points. Only 26 players in school history have passed the 1,000 mark.
• Jones is averaging 20.3 points per game over her last three games.
• SIUE took a season-high 74 shots in the loss at Murray State.
• The Cougars are now ranked 28th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (15.0).
Sydney Bauman, who has 50 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 183.
• Bauman is the first player in school history to record 40 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons.
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.
• 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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