PREVIEW: SIUE Faces Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech

Complete Game Notes

SIUE Cougars (12-15, 7-9 OVC) vs. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (19-8, 11-5 OVC)
Thu., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

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ABOUT TODAY'S OPPONENT
• Tennessee Tech is coming off a 2-2 home stint in which it defeated Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky and lost to Belmont and Morehead State.
• Jordan Brock leads the Golden Eagles with 12.4 points per game.
• The Golden Eagles have a balanced offensive attack with eight players who are averaging 6.6 points or better per game.
 
LAST GAME
• Belmont connected on 53 percent of its overall shots and hit 10 three-pointers Saturday in a 87-54 victory over SIUE. Jay'nee Alston led the SIUE offense with 17 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.
Micah Jones needs 16 points to become the 27th player in school history to pass the 1,000-point mark.
Nakiah Bell is in a three-way tie for fouth in career three-pointers (151) at SIUE with Misi Clark (1997-00) and Jessica Robert (2000-03).
• In the last meeting between the Cougars and the Golden Eagles, SIUE shot 1 of 16 (6.3 percent) from three-point range.
Sydney Bauman, who has 60 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 193.
• Bauman is 24th nationally among active players in career blocks.
• Bell is No. 42 all-time in scoring at SIUE with 661 points.
• Bell is fifth in the OVC in assist-to turnover ratio (1.76).
• Bauman is No. 6 all-time in rebounds with 726 and No. 43 all-time in scoring with 638 points.
• The Cougars are now ranked 27th nationally  in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.8).
Alek Akuen became the ninth Cougar this season to hit a three-pointer after connecting on her only attempt in the UT Martin game.
• 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).