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PREVIEW: Cougars Continue Road Trip at Belmont

SIUE at Belmont

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (12-14, 7-8 OVC) vs. Belmont Bruins (21-5, 14-1 OVC)
Sat., Feb. 23, 3 p.m. CT
Nashville, Tenn. | Curb Event Center

Live Stats: SIUEstats.com
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
 
ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Belmont leads the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring margin at 17.3 points per game.
• Junior Maddie Wright leads the OVC in field goal percentage at 51.3 percent (102-199).
• The Bruins are fourth in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (10.4). Belmont hit 19 three-pointers Thursday in its win over Eastern Illinois.
 
LAST GAME
• SIUE used a pair of fourth-period scoring runs Thursday in a 66-55 victory at Tennessee State. Nakiah Bell led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points that included five three-pointers.
 
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 59 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 192.
• Bauman is 24th nationally among active players in career blocks.
• Bauman is No. 6 all-time in rebounds with 721.
• 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 978 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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