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PREVIEW: Cougars Clash With Tennessee State Thursday

at Tennessee State

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (11-14, 6-8 OVC) vs. Tennessee State Tigers (4-22, 4-10 OVC)
Thu., Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. CT
Nashville, Tenn. | Gentry Center

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Tennessee State is coming off a 76-73 overtime loss at Jacksonville State.
• Tia Wooten and Taylor Roberts lead the team in scoring with 13.5 and 12.8 points, respectively. Wooten also is the team's leading rebounder at 6.9 per game.
• The Tigers are fifth in the OVC in free throw percentage at 70.1 percent.
 
LAST GAME
• UT Martin started quickly and never relented in defeating the SIUE women's basketball team 75-48 Saturday at the Vadalabene Center. Allie Troecker led the Cougars with 10 points.
 
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.
Sydney Bauman, who has 57 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 190.
• Bauman is 24th nationally among active players in career blocks.
• Bauman is No. 6 all-time in rebounds with 715.
• The Cougars are now ranked 32nd nationally  in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.0).
• 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.
Alek Akuen became the ninth Cougar this season to hit a three-pointer after connecting on her only attempt in the UT Martin game.
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.
• Jones, Bell and Allie Troecker have led the Cougars in scoring this season nine times each.
• 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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