PREVIEW: Cougars Face Skyhawks

UT Martin
Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (11-13, 6-7 OVC) vs. UT Martin Skyhawks (17-7, 9-4 OVC)
Sat., Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

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ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• UT Martin is coming off a 61-50 victory at Southeast Missouri.
• UT Martin sophomore Chelsey Perry recorded a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds against Southeast Missouri.
• UT Martin boasts the top offense in the OVC with 80.5 points per game. The Skyhawks also are 11th in scoring defense at 73.5 points per contest.
 
LAST GAME
Sydney Bauman matched her career-high with 22 points and snared 11 rebounds to guide SIUE by Eastern Illinois 78-62. Christen King added 13 points for the Cougars.
 
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 970 points. Only 26 players in school history have passed the 1,000 mark.
• The Cougars are 5-0 this season when recording more free throws than their opponents.
• SIUE's 78 points against Eastern Illinois is the second-most this season. The Cougars recorded 82 in a win earlier this season at Chicago State.
• 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 53 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 186.
• 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).