CARBONDALE — The SIU women's basketball team will look for its third-straight win Monday when it hosts sister school SIU-Edwardsville at 6 p.m.
The game is scheduled to air on ESPN3 and WVZA 105.1 FM locally. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (ages 2-17).
SIU leads the all-time series, 3-2 dating back to the 1975 season. The Salukis hadn't played the Cougars since 1975, before renewing the rivalry on Dec. 3, 2011. SIUE won the last meeting between the two schools in Edwardsville.
The Cougars (2-1) come into Monday's contest having won two straight, with their lone loss coming to Nebraska. SIUE trailed Nebraska by just two at the half and only five at the end of three, but the Huskers held on for a 62-53 win. Preseason All-OVC selection Donshel Beck, who recently became a member of the 1,000-point club, leads the Cougars with a 16.7 points per game average and also averages seven rebounds per contest. Sydney Bauman is averaging 6.0 points and 12.0 rebounds a game as well.
SIUE was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll. SIU was picked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.
Monday night's game will be a reunion of sorts for SIU coach Cindy Stein and Cougars leader Paula Buscher. Both are Peoria natives who went to Peoria Richwoods High School and played for Hall of Fame coach Lorene Ramsey at Illinois Community College, though they were not in the same class in school. Stein holds a 5-1 all-time record against Buscher's teams dating back to Stein's days at Missouri and Buscher's days at Bradley.
SIUE's 60-59 win over SIU last season was Buscher's first victory in the series.