SIUE notebook, SIUE men look to rebound

byarbrough@edwpub.net

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball teams'

84-74 loss to regional rival Wayne State was a tough one to swallow

for the Cougars.

Giving up an eight-point lead at halftime will make any loss tough

to choke down.

But the Cougars, 1-1, have a quick chance to get back on track

tonight when they face Robert Morris at 7:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene

Center. SIUE is a perfect 4-0 overall against the Eagles.

For SIUE coach Lennox Forrester, the game plan for tonight's game

against Robert Morris College is simple.

"They are a team that likes to shoot the three and spread the

floor," he said. "We need to guard the ball and take away the

3-pointers."

Against Wayne State, the Cougars were led offensively by T.J. Gray

and John Edmison. Gray scored 20 points while Edmison chipped in 17.

Leonard Parker added 10 assists.

SIUE has started the season with one of the top offenses in the

Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars are second only to

Southern Indiana in scoring at 82.0 points per game. Southern Indiana

scored 87 in its first contest of the season.

The Cougars also lead the GLVC in offensive rebounds per game

(20.0) and steals per game (13.5).

Parker, a 5-foot-9-inch senior, currently holds the top spot in

the GLVC in assists per game at eight per contest. Gray's nine

3-pointers also is a GLVC-best.

After Tuesday's matchup, SIUE is idle until next Thursday when it

opens GLVC play at the Vadalabene Center against Bellarmine. Game

time is 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

After winning the Central Missouri Classic, the SIUE women's

basketball team heads to Big Rapids, Mich., to participate in the

GLIAC/GLVC Challenge.

SIUE is coming off of a perfect 2-0 weekend trip that saw the

Cougars pick up wins against Central Missouri and Harris-Stowe State.

Up first for the Cougars in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge is the host

Ferris State Bulldogs. The Friday night game is scheduled to tip off

at 5 p.m. Ferris State leads the all-time series 5-2.

On Saturday, the Cougars square off against the Lake Superior

State. Start time for this game is scheduled for 3 p.m. This will be

the second meeting between these two teams. Lake Superior won the

only other meeting between the two teams in 2005.

SIUE led off the season with a pair of double-digit victories.

In the Central Missouri game, Amber Shelton led all scorers with

19 points. Elyse Morris cleaned up on the boards with nine. Both

players were later named to the All-Tournament team.

In the Harris-Stowe game, Shelton and Whitney Sykes shared the

scoring duties. Each player scored 19 points.

WRESTLING

Nicholas Shumate led the SIUE wrestling team this past weekend as

the Cougars traveled to Columbia, Mo., to participate in the Mizzou

Open.

Unlike the UCM open where the Cougars were unable to place any

wrestlers, SIUE had three wrestlers place in the freshman/sophomore

division, with another falling just one round away from placing.

Shumate had the highest placing with his fifth-place performance

at 141 pounds.

Freshman Neil Lopez placed sixth at 133 pounds, and freshman Brian

Brooks took sixth place at heavyweight. Eric Pretto had a strong

showing; he missed placing by one round at 157 pounds.

Although coach Patrick McNamara was happy with the improvement

over the previous week's performance, he refuses to be satisfied.

"We definitely made some progress from last week, but we still

have some work to do, adjustments to make, and technique to work on,"

said McNamara.

The Cougars are now idle until next Friday when they play host to

Rend Lake.

The dual is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.