CARBONDALE — SIU's women's basketball team opens the 2019-20 season in the first of two road games Friday, at sister school SIU-Edwardsville.
Tipoff at the Vadalabene Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Edwardsville. The game is scheduled to air on Magic 95.1 FM with John Miller and ESPN+. SIUE fell 70-65 to Division II Quincy in its season opener Tuesday after leading 18-14 at the half.
Christen King led the Cougars with 16 points and Bria Stallworth added 14.
"I thought we made a couple of little runs at them and had some good moments," SIUE coach Paula Buscher said. "But we gave up two many transition baskets. It wasn't a good defensive performance. We have to guard better. As frustrating as this is, it's one game and we have to get back at it. We will be fired up for our next game Friday."
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SIU coach Cindy Stein believes her team will be fired up, too, with three regional rivals right off the bat. The Salukis open the season at SIUE, play at IUPUI in Indianapolis Tuesday night and return home to face Tennessee Tech Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.
"I think our schedule is tough because when I look at it, we have so many regional rivals on that schedule and it really doesn't matter if they're ranked or not ranked," Stein said at Saluki Basketball Media Day. "When you're playing teams that you're going head-to-head with in recruiting all of the time, it becomes a pretty intense game. When we look at SIU-Edwardsville, Saint Louis, SEMO, UT Martin and Murray State, those are all teams that are really good, solid regional rivals."
SIU is 27-12 against current teams from the Ohio Valley Conference under Stein but is 1-2 against SIUE. The Cougars beat the Salukis 57-53 in 2017. The two teams did not play last season.
The Salukis went 15-15 last season, with 10 losses by nine points or less. Four of those defeats came by three points or less.