Feb. 23, 2010
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech gave SIUE its own welcome to the Ohio Valley Conference Saturday night with a 68-60 triumph over the Cougars.
The Golden Eagles held off SIUE in the last minute of the game to improve their record to 13-15 for the season. The future OVC matchup was an exciting one down the stretch. SIUE Coach Amanda Levens said a few key plays made the difference.
"They got a couple of breaks that went their way," she said.
SIUE, 7-21, found itself in comeback mode for most of the second half. SIUE tied the score at 50-50 behind a free throw by Sydney Stahlberg with 6:44. IPFW would make a 7-0 run over the next 90 ticks of the game clock.
The Cougars pulled back within one point with 56 seconds left, this time on a field goal by Stahlberg. Tennessee Tech would hold off the Cougars on a jumper by Tacarra Hayes and five free throws made in the final 30 seconds.
"You have to give them credit. They made the plays down the stretch," said Levens.
Tennessee Tech's Tiara Hopper finished as the game's leading scorer with 14 points. She was followed by 12 points each from Hayes, Rachel Glidden and Kylie Cook.
Statistically, the two teams were evenly matched. SIUE held a rebounding and turnover edge. The Golden Eagles finished the game with eight three-pointers and an edge on the free throw line.
"I was proud of our team. We had a chance to win the game. We just came up short," said Levens.
SIUE's next two game will be played at home. On Thursday, SIUE faces Robert Morris in an exhibition game at 5 p.m. The season finale is March 3 against Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m.