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PREVIEW: Cougars, Hatters Battle Sunday

SIUE vs. Stetson

Complete Game Notes
Series Record vs. Stetson

SIUE Cougars (3-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley) vs. Stetson Hatters (5-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)
Sun., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. CT
Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center

Live Video: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Radio: WSIE FM 88.7 (Brad Barnes)
Live Audio: None
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com

TOP STORYLINES
• The Cougars had their three-game winning streak broken Thursday at Illinois State.
• This is a return game from last season in which Stetson defeated SIUE 78-68 in DeLand, Fla. Donshel Beck scored a game-high 27 points for the Cougars in the opening game of the 29th Annual Hatter Classic.
• This is the first of eight games in the month of December, which culminates with the start of the Ohio Valley Conference regular season Dec. 28 at Austin Peay and at Murray State Dec. 30. SIUE has three home games in December vs. Stetson (tonight), Central Michigan (Dec. 7) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 17)
 
LAST GAME (11/30/17)
Illinois State shot 51.3 percent from the field and held SIUE women's basketball to a season-low 26.6 percent shooting as the Redbirds defeated the Cougars 62-47 at Redbird Arena. Donshel Beck was SIUE's top scorer with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds while Lauren White added 10 points. As a team, SIUE shot 17 of 64 from the field.
 
SCOUTING STETSON
The Hatters won their last two games, including a 67-56 victory over Northern Kentucky (Nov. 29) and a 67-30 triumph over Webber International (Dec. 1). Brittney Chambers sparks the offense with 18.3 points per game. Kennedy Colclough is averaging 13.6 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game.
 
1,000 POINTS
Donshel Beck became the 24th player to pass the 1,000-point scoring mark. She currently is No. 19 with 1,058 points. Gwen Adams needs 53 points to become No. 25 to hit the mark.
 
2018 SIGNING CLASS
Coach Buscher announced a class of five who will be joining SIUE next season. The class includes Madison Hackstadt (Okawville, Illinois), Mikala Hall (Danville, Illinois), Mikia Keith (Indianapolis, Ind.),
Kai Koehler (Dunlap, Illinois) and Kelsie Williams (Florissant, Missouri).
 
TOPS IN THE OVC
SIUE leads the OVC in scoring defense (57.8 points per game).
 
FROM DOWNTOWN
Nakiah Bell hit five three-pointers against SIU Carbondale. It was the 10th time at SIUE that the Cougar guard has had four or more three-pointers made in a game.
 
62
SIUE has allowed 62 points to its opposition during the losses at Nebraska and Illinois State.
 
FEWER WHISTLES
SIUE is ranked No. 26 in the nation in fewest fouls committed with 86 in four games.
 
FEWER GIVEWAYS
After a season-low seven turnovers at Illinois State, SIUE is ranked No. 20 nationally in fewest turnovers.
 
PRESEASON PICKS
Beck was named preseason All-OVC after averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season.
 
OVC TEAM PICK
SIUE was selected to finish second in the OVC behind defending conference champion Belmont.
 
NATIONAL TV
The SIUE-UT Martin game scheduled for Feb. 15 in Martin, Tennessee, will be broadcast on ESPNU.
 
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