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December 7, 2004

BOT Authorizes Committee To Award Bids For SDM Clinic Expansion


The SIU Board of Trustees has authorized the board's Executive Committee to award bids for a $2 million expansion of the Main Clinic at the School of Dental Medicine. The project was approved at the board's April 8 meeting.

The board action was one of two taken at its regular meeting recently that pertained to projects on the Edwardsville campus. The meeting was conducted in the Morris University Center.

The board action concerning the School of Dental Medicine was necessary because the bids are expected to arrive in January, but the full board does not meet during that month. Giving the Executive Committee the authority to award bids would help ensure the project would be on target for its expected spring semester 2006 completion.

The clinic addition, to be known as the Advanced Care Wing, will add about 6,000 square feet to the clinic, providing space for 24 new clinical "operatories" and a classroom for 75 students. The additional space will allow the SDM to consolidate teaching in specialty disciplines-periodontal, endodontic, and pediatric, among others-and general dentistry to one location.

The cost of the project will be funded through the issuance of Certificates of Participation to be retired by dental school tuition revenue.

The BOT also gave project and budget approval for a $1 million renovation of the SimmonsCooper Baseball Complex at SIUE. The project would be funded through private contributions and gifts-in-kind.

In the SimmonsCooper baseball complex action, the board approved the project that would include new grandstands, a press box, field lighting, a building for public restrooms and concessions, a brick plaza, and a ticket booth and entryway. Many renovations already have been completed at the complex, such as new dugouts, locker and shower facility, and replacement of the security fence around the complex, to name a few.

The renovations at the complex have been made possible through donations from East Alton attorneys John Simmons and Jeff Cooper, as well as donations from former Cougar baseball players Fernando Aguirre and Steve Davis, and current assistant coach Steve Haug.

The baseball complex project, defined as a non-instructional capital improvement financed with local funds, must be approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The IBHE is expected to consider the matter in December.

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich Names Sanders to SIU Board

Keith R. Sanders, former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday, Dec. 1, to serve as a member of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

"I am grateful that Gov. Blagojevich has given me the opportunity to serve my alma mater and the state of Illinois in this important role," Sanders said.

Sanders, who has had a distinguished career in higher education spanning four decades as a professor, dean, chancellor and state higher education executive in Wisconsin and Illinois, will fill the unexpired term of former longtime SIU Trustee Harris Rowe of Jacksonville, who resigned last month.

Sanders, who lives in Spring Grove, will serve in a temporary capacity until his appointment is confirmed by the Illinois State Senate.

The Benton native holds two degrees from SIUC and spent much of his career working for the campus and the SIU system.

Glenn Poshard, chair of the SIU Board of Trustees, hailed the decision. "Gov. Blagojevich has made an outstanding selection. I can't imagine a better appointment. Keith Sanders understands the work that lies ahead for this Board and will be an important part of moving the university forward."

Sanders earned bachelor's and master's degrees at SIU Carbondale and a doctorate in communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as a faculty member at SIUC from 1967 to 1989, including a three-year stint as governmental relations officer from 1980 to 1983 and then as dean of the College of Communications and Fine Arts from 1983 to 1989.

He served as a chancellor and subsequently as a senior vice president for administration and chief operating officer in the University of Wisconsin system from 1989 to 1997 before accepting the post of executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 1998. He served as IBHE executive director until his retirement in 2002.

While executive director for IBHE, Sanders was widely credited for the development of a compelling statewide agenda for higher education, creating a close working relationship with pre-K through 12 education interests and providing strong leadership in the area of technology and the development of the Illinois Century Network, which has increased access to higher education for students across Illinois.

In 2001, Sanders was appointed by SIU President James E. Walker to serve on the "2020 Vision Committee," a strategic planning committee created to plan SIU's next two decades.

Walker said he believes Sanders' understanding of higher education in Illinois and the SIU system will provide an excellent foundation for his new role on the Board. "Dr. Sanders will be an outstanding trustee," Walker said. "His service, experience and lifelong interest in SIU make him an excellent choice for our Board, and I look forward to working with him.".

Sanders and his wife, SIUC alumna Carol (Dial) Sanders, have one son, Mark Sanders, of Milwaukee, and two grandchildren.

Faculty, Students To Address Graduates At Commencement

Two faculty members, one of whom won a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002, will be the featured commencement speakers at fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Vadalabene Center. Nearly 880 students are eligible to graduate during the ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Speaking at the morning ceremony to graduate candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Engineering and Nursing is Philosophy Professor John Danley. Mary Konya Weishaar, associate professor and program director for Special Education, will speak during the afternoon ceremony to graduate candidates in the Schools of Business and Education.

Student speakers addressing the graduating classes will be Sherry McDowell, who will receive a bachelor of science in Nursing, during the morning ceremony, and Shaunte Griffin, who has completed a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management, during the afternoon ceremony.

Danley joined the SIUE Philosophy faculty in 1976. He earned a baccalaureate in Philosophy at Kalamazoo (MI) College; a master of divinity in the Philosophy of Religion at Union Theological Seminary, New York City; and a master's and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rochester (NY).

Serving as assistant chair, acting chair, and chair of the Department of Philosophy at SIUE during one six-year period, Danley has been very active in departmental, school, college, and university governance for the university, serving on several committees over the past 28 years. He is the author of one book and 19 professional journal articles, and has made numerous grant proposals.

Danley was invited to participate in the Ruffin Lecture at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for four consecutive years. His areas of specialization are social and political philosophy, ethics, and applied ethics in business and engineering.

Before coming to SIUE, Weishaar was director of Special Education for Collinsville Schools and also had served as Special Education Supervisor for the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative for Montgomery County-Carlinville Special Education Area. She also has been a Special Education teacher and counselor for Southwestern Community Unit School #7 as well as a Learning Disabilities teacher for Villa Park Schools.

In 2002, Weishaar lectured in Kiev at the University Ukraine under the Fulbright Scholar Program. She earned a bachelor of science and a master of science at Eastern Illinois University; she also received a doctorate at Saint Louis University. Her areas of expertise in Special Education include assessment, legal issues, and administration. She is the co-author of three books and 14 journal articles.

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SIUE Breaks Ground For $3.26M Pharmacy Facility

State, regional, and local officials were on hand recently to take part in groundbreaking for a $3.26 million facility in University Park that will house the only pharmacy school in downstate Illinois.

The new School of Pharmacy, which will enroll its first students in August 2005. The new facility will house pharmacy laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices. July is the expected completion date for construction of the 15,000-square-foot building.

On hand for the event were Illinois Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), himself a pharmacist, Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville), and Illinois Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), along with several members of the School of Pharmacy Advisory Board as well as members of the Illinois Pharmacy Association and the Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Also in attendance were representatives of Walgreen's and Albertson's, national pharmacy chains, and Schnuck Markets pharmacies, located in St. Louis and throughout the Midwest..

SIUE Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift and School of Pharmacy Dean Phil Medon spoke at the ceremony and introduced other speakers on the platform. "So far, we have over 300 applications for the 75 spaces available in the new school," Medon said before the event.

"There are more job openings for pharmacists than there are pharmacists to fill those jobs, so we expected that this will be a popular program."

The need for pharmacists nationwide is expected to grow by 30 percent in the next eight years, while the need in Illinois also will grow by nearly 20 percent in the next six years.

Major corporate sponsors have stepped up to help the SIUE School of Pharmacy with its initial start-up goal of $2 million over the next two years. "We are pleased to have two important corporate partners who are showing their commitment to our programs," said Bill Mauer, development director for the School.

"Both Walgreen's and Albertson's have made initial substantial donations to help cover some of our start-up costs."

Contracts for the new facility were awarded in October to L. Wolf Company of Granite City, for general contracting ($2,006,001); Pyramid Electrical Contractors of Fairview Heights, for electrical ($333,970); France Mechanical of Edwardsville, for plumbing ($446,300); Hock Mechanical Inc. of Belleville, for ventilation ($421,845); and Bi-State Fire Protection, for fire prevention ($49,135).

The School of Pharmacy, which offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy, values excellence in teaching, pharmacy practice, research/scholarship and service. The program of study is based on current knowledge and technology from pharmacy and other disciplines, and is delivered through a variety of innovative teaching strategies.

The School will collaborate with rural and urban health care institutions to meet the health care needs of Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.

SIUE Engineering Students, Alums Win National Contest

A team of SIUE Engineering students and alumni won the 2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Contest conducted recently in Southern California.

Members of the SIUE team included: Chad Burns of Bethalto (BSME '04; currently a grad student at U of I); Dennis O'Conner of Columbia (BSME '04; currently a grad student at SIUE); Andrew Rummer of O'Fallon (BSME '04); Jerrod Hock of Minock (BSME '04); Kevin Beck (BSME '04) and Nick Stalker (BSME '04), both of Godfrey; Dan Staake of Staunton (BSME '04); Patrick Zweigart of Evansville (BSME '04; currently a grad student at SIUE); and Chris Nobbe of Alton, Jennie Moidel of Glen Carbon, and Mark Dinsmore of Fairfield, all current SIUE students majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

The national robotics competition, dubbed "Mine Madness," was presented by ASME and sponsored by The Boeing Company. Organizers said the competition attracted some of "today's best and brightest mechanical engineering students from around the world" who demonstrated their model-scale prototype devices, designed and built to retrieve landmines and to "transport them out of harms way."

The competition was conducted in Anaheim, Calif., at ASME's Annual Congress. The SIUE team was pitted against teams from the University of Alabama, Carnegie-Mellon University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, LeTourneau University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of New Mexico, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, Santa Clara University, the University of Vermont, Villanova University, and Western Kentucky University.

According to the contest rules, the teams were to design remote controlled, landmine-seeking vehicles to navigate over and around obstacles, retrieve six simulated mines and transport them to a designated receiving area, all within a 3-minute time frame. The ASME contest was designed to showcase "the innovation, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork of mechanical engineering students."

Founded in 1880, ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.

SIUE's Professor Farley Speaks At Berlin Conference; Compares American, European Racism

Although the "whites only" signs of the past may no longer adorn the American landscape, a more subtle racism still exists in this country, says SIUE Sociology Professor John Farley. In fact, Farley points out, subtle forms of racism can be found throughout Europe and in other parts of the world.

He shared his findings recently at a conference in Berlin, where he compared types of racism in America and Europe.

Speaking last month at a workshop on "Barriers to Integration and Efforts to remove them: Racism, Discrimination, and Anti-discrimination," Farley discussed the idea that racism in various forms is much more subtle today than in the past. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. German Marshall Fund and was organized by the European Forum for Migration Studies.

"The traditional definition of racism, centered around belief in group superiority, doesn't capture racism as it actually works today," Farley said. "Today's racism is often more subtle, more 'underground,' more institutionalized, and sometimes so engrained or institutionalized that it is unconscious." Farley went on to say that even though some racism is outspoken in both America and Europe today, the subtle kind of racism is much more common and has greater impact.

Farley pointed out examples of subtle racism in America. "A recent study shows that employment discrimination is so strong that a white applicant with a prison record is more likely to be called back for a job interview than a black applicant with no prison record," Farley said.

"This is more subtler than "whites only" signs and other formal, open ways of discrimination in the past," Farley said. "Collectively, it adds up to a good deal of individual discrimination, sometimes combined with institutional discrimination."

Some examples of past institutional racism, Farley said, included school discrimination in America or apartheid in South Africa, or ethnic cleansing in parts of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

"More often today, though, institutional racism is more subtle and, sometimes, it is unconscious or not necessarily deliberate. Actions such as these do not necessarily reflect a desire or intent to discriminate," Farley said. "Yet, they have the same effect as the 'whites only' signs of the past."

Farley also noted that Europe has a long history of conquering and control of one nationality or country over another. "There are strong, lingering effects of this history," Farley pointed out. In addition to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia examples, Farley pointed to the situation in Ireland as another example. "Northern Ireland remains under British control and, despite some recent progress, remains a flashpoint.

"My sense is that European racism (aside from internal situations such as in Northern Ireland, Russia, or the former Yugoslavia) today is linked primarily to two conditions: Opposition to immigration, much of which arises from displacements resulting from the fall of Communism, and prejudice against non-European immigrants, often associated with countries that are former European colonies."

On the question of whether an affirmative action plan will work for Europeans, Farley said he would leave that debate to the Europeans. "Affirmative action is necessary in the United States because of lingering effects of internal colonialism against African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans," he said. "It is mainly these groups at which affirmative action has been aimed, at least affirmative action based on race/ethnicity." he said.

"To the extent that affirmative action is relevant to Europe, it is probably most relevant to three kinds of groups: Non-European immigrant groups, European minorities within countries that have a history of having suffered conquest, and groups from these two scenarios that have become displaced to other parts of Europe."

Associate Director Named Outstanding Housing Manager

Robert Legate, associate director of University Housing Facilities Management, recently received the Outstanding Facilities Management Award from the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) at its annual meeting in Cleveland.

Legate was cited for his contributions to SIUE and excellence in his field, including his commitment to student learning, dedication to team building and empowerment, and customer service excellence.

In his 20 years of service to the university, Legate has been involved in the construction of three residence halls and a major renovation of an apartment complex. In addition he has coordinated with SIUE's Environmental Health and Safety committee, a self-sustaining recycling plant on campus, and created stronger relationships with the campus community.

Before accepting his current position at the university, Legate was an undergraduate at SIUE, serving as a resident assistant and residence director for University Housing. He graduated from the MBA program at SIUE.

Criteria for the award include significant contributions to an institution, excellence in overall job performance, initiative/ creativity in going above and beyond job description, educating other members of the department on facilities issues, demonstrating an understanding of students' needs and developing projects, programs, or initiatives to meet those needs, building strong relationships with the campus community, and fostering inclusiveness and an appreciation of differences.

GLACUHO, a region within the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), was established in 1973 to support the mission of ACUHO-I on the regional and state levels.

ACUHO-I is the pre-eminent professional association dedicated to supporting and promoting the collegiate residential experience by creating value through services, information, and collegial relationships that are indispensable to its members.

SIUE Men's Basketball Vaults To No. 6 Nationally

SIUE men's basketball vaulted 10 spots earning its highest ranking in school history when the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II rankings listed the Cougars No. 6 in the country in today's poll.

The Cougars' previous highest ranking came on Jan. 23, 1989, when SIUE was ranked No. 7 in the NABC poll. It is only the third time that SIUE has been ranked in the top 10 of the poll.

SIUE is currently riding a school-record 13-game winning streak, the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division II men's basketball.

Cougars coach Marty Simmons has led SIUE to its best start in school history with a 14-2 record this season as they sit atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 7-0 mark.

The Cougars are idle for the next set of GLVC games on Thursday (1/13). SIUE will be back in action as Quincy comes to the Vadalabene Center at 1 p.m. Saturday (1/15).

Cougars Start Defense Of GLVC Crowns

SIUE men's track and field team will look to continue its success from 2004. Last season, the men's team was crowned as champions in both the indoor and outdoor Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships.

Despite some key losses, the teams have their sights set even higher, and appear to be well on their way to achieving some lofty goals for the 2005 campaign.

This past off-season saw the loss of numerous key athletes for both the men's and women's team, but perhaps the biggest loss was the resignation of long-time coach Darryl Frerker.

New men's head coach David Astrauskas looks to keep the Cougars string of success going. He will be aided by new women's head coach Ben Beyers, as well as Eileen McAllister, who will focus on the distance events, and Kevin Koller, graduate assistant.

In the sprint, hurdle, and jumping events, the Cougars are stronger and deeper than ever. On the men's side, Jeff Fearday (Teutopolis) returns for his senior year. Last year, Fearday was an All-Conference selection in the 400m Dash, and anchored both the conference champion 4 x 400m relay and the school-record 4 x 100m relay. Fearday was joined on the 4 x 100m relay by Brad Blevins (Gillespie). Blevins is also the defending conference champion in the 55m Dash.

Phil Freimuth (Effingham) returns for his junior campaign and will be counted on heavily in the High Jump after All-Conference finishes in this event both indoors and outdoors last season after being crowned champion as a freshman.

Dustin Bilbruck (Gillespie) also returns for his junior season after winning the conference Long Jump title indoors last season.

In the hurdles, Jonathan Bannister (Plano, Texas) returns for his first full season in an SIUE uniform. After coming back from knee surgery in the fall, Bannister was able to garner All-Conference honors in the 110 Hurdles as well as lead off the conference champion 4 x 400m relay team.

Jeff Papenberg (O'Fallon) and Jason Hall (Chicago) are two returnees that will also be looked at to contribute heavily in this area.

These returnees will be joined by a very strong freshman nucleus of newcomers. Kyle Rose (Kankakee), Anthony Hyatt (Newton), and Matt Oskielunas (Frankfort) will do sprints. Aaron Cook (Moline), Wes Smith, and Chris Wright (Richton Par) will be involved in jumps. Ryan Nowakowski (Rochester) will help out in middle distance.

Anthony Weber (Marengo), a transfer from the University of Kansas, will help out with the pole vault. Adam Losch (Pittsfield) and Sam Jones (Belleville) are both students who have come out for track in college for the first time this year..

Another area that promises to stay strong this year is the distance areas. On the men's side, Cody Ellermeyer (DuQuoin) returns for his sophomore season looking to defend his indoor conference title in the 800m Run. Ellermeyer was also a provisional national qualifier last season in both the indoor and outdoor 800, as well as a member of the Outdoor Conference Champion 4 x 400m relay team last season.

Brian Taghon (East Moline) provisionally qualified for nationals last season in the outdoor 1500m Run, the 3000m Steeplechase, and was crowned as conference champion in the 5000m Run indoors.

Ryan Boyll (Normal) enters his senior campaign after earning All-Conference honors in the 3000m Steeplechase last season and provisionally qualifying for nationals in that event last season.

Joining these three as returnees will be Trae Cotner (Springfield), Josh Bozue (Fairborne, Ohio), and Nick Campbell (Charleston).

Complementing the returnees is a strong group of newcomers including Blake Marcum (Centralia), a transfer from McKendree College; Keith Patten (O'Fallon); Justin Crain (McLeansboro), a transfer from Rend Lake Junior College; Brian Getz (East Moline); and Eric Steffens (Moline).

The throwing events again show promise of strength for the Cougar teams. On the men's side, Lee Weeden (Ferguson, Mo) returns after taking the conference championship in the Shot Put both indoors and outdoors last season. Phil Freimuth and Dustin Bilbruck demonstrate their versatility, and will also be looked at here. Freimuth is the defending conference champion and provisional national qualifier in the Javelin, and Bilbruck took All-Conference honors in that event as well. Steve Landers (Auburn) and Ben Willard (Manito) also will contribute heavily in this area.

The Cougars open their 2005 season Jan. 15 at the Illinois Wesleyan Relays in Bloomington.

Cougars Look To Push Success Further

The 2005 SIUE women's track and field team will have its hands full attempting to match the accomplishments achieved in 2004. The women's team claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference indoor championships last season.

Despite some key losses, the team has its sights set even higher, and appear to be well on their way to achieving some lofty goals for the 2005 campaign. This past off-season saw the loss of numerous key athletes for the women's team, but perhaps the biggest loss was the resignation of long-time coach Darryl Frerker.

"There is no replacing a guy with such experience and longevity in the program like Coach Frerker," said new women's head coach Ben Beyers. Beyers is joined on the staff by David Astrauskas, new men's head coach, as well as Eileen McAllister, who will focus on the distance events, and Kevin Koller, graduate assistant.

"Despite our losses, we are even deeper than last year," noted Beyers. "We are definitely in a position to make an even bigger splash this season and prove to everyone that last year was not a fluke."

The women sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers will be lead by the Outdoor GLVC Conference Athlete of the Year from last season, Tairisha Sawyer (Chicago), who returns for her sophomore season after qualifying for nationals last season as a freshman in the 55m Dash, the 100m Dash, and the 200m Dash.

Sawyer was an All-Conference selection in all three of those events in addition to anchoring both the conference champion 4 x 100m relay team, as well as the 4 x 400m relay team, both of which provisionally qualified for the national meet.

Sawyer was joined on both national-qualifying relays by Jenny Jaquez (Aurora). Jaquez returns for her senior season after also provisionally qualifying for the national meet in the 400 Hurdles.

Another member of the record-setting 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays last season was Valerie Simmons (St. Louis). Simmons, also a sophomore, looks for big things after winning the conference title in the 400 Hurdles and qualifying for nationals in that event.

The final member of last season's champion 4 x 100m relay also returns-Brittany Reeves (Hanover Park)who shows promise of coming back strong for her sophomore season after also provisionally qualifying for nationals in the 55 Hurdles last season.

Shavon Shegog (Anchorage, Alaska) returns after red-shirting outdoors last season. Shegog was injured after a great indoor season last year, while anchoring the conference champion indoor 4 x 400m relay that qualified provisionally for nationals.

Julia Scherer (Sumner), also a member of the indoor conference champion 4 x 400 relay, returns and will be looked at to contribute in all the sprint and hurdle events.

Joining these returnees will be an extremely talented set of newcomers. Asaki Carr (St. Louis), Jessica Levy (Des Plaines), and Christine Butler (Matteson), who were all very successful high school athletes.

Kimetha Williams (Bellevue, Neb.) is a transfer from the University of Illinois, and will contribute primarily in the long sprints.

The women's distance area also shows promise. Lee Ann Lomax (Georgetown) returns this year after red-shirting last season. Lomax was the 2003 GLVC Outdoor Conference champion in the 800m Run and was also All-Conference in the 4 x 400m Relay during that meet as well.

Mary Witte (Normal) returns for her senior year after a banner junior campaign in which she was both crowned conference champion and qualified for nationals in the 3000m Steeplechase. Witte was also a member of the indoor conference champion Distance Medley Relay.

Another distance runner that returns from a trip to nationals last season is Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio). Carducci also was crowned conference champion indoors in the 3000m Run and earned All-Conference honors outdoors in both the 1500m Run and the 3000m Run. Joining these three as returnees will be Heather Zipparro (Mt. Prospect), Amanda White (O'Fallon), and Priscilla Rahn (East Alton).

Joining the returnees in this group are Jennifer Wilson (Springfield), Elizabeth Hall (Charleston), Kelly Flounders (Homer Glen), and Samantha Christie (Eureka).

Callie Glover (Bartlett) returns for her sophomore campaign after earning a trip to the national meet in the indoor Shot Put and garnering All-Conference honors both indoors and outdoors in that event. Glover also provisionally qualified for nationals in the outdoor Shot Put. Holly Noller (Pawnee)returns this year after being crowned conference champion in the Javelin last season.

These two returnees will be helped immediately with the addition of two very talented athletes. Lindsey DeFevers (Virden), a transfer from Northern Illinois University and Rachel Nelson (Okawville) will contribute right away to this area.

"Overall, I feel that we have better team than we had last year from top-to-bottom," says Beyers. The Cougars open their 2005 season Jan. 15 at the Illinois Wesleyan Relays in Bloomington.

Men's Basketball Boasts Nation's Top Division II Winning Streak

SIUE men's basketball coach Marty Simmons is proud that his team has won a school-record 13 games in a row, but Simmons knows that the streak can "spin the other way quickly."

The Cougars, ranked 16th in last week's NABC/Division II poll, currently hold the longest winning streak in NCAA Division II men's basketball. The next national ranking is due Tuesday (1/11) afternoon.

"We are excited about it," said Simmons. "Our guys know that if we continue to practice hard, pay attention to detail, and get better each and every day, we will have a chance to have a successful season. You have to keep your eye on the ball and stay focused."

SIUE, which also is ranked No. 1 in the first Great Lakes region poll, is 14-2 overall as it sits atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 7-0 record.

The Cougars will entertain Quincy on Saturday (1/22) as they end a three-game homestand at the Vadalabene Center. "They have an outstanding team," said Simmons. "They can beat you in a lot of different ways. Every night (in the GLVC), whether you are at home or on the road, you can expect one heck of a battle."

The Cougars have gained the top spot in the conference with defense. SIUE is first in the GLVC in points per game allowed (58.1) and field goal percentage defense (38.8 percent).

Freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville) is another reason for the Cougars' success. Jones posted a career-high 19 points and six assists in a win over Saint Joseph's and a 17-point, five-assist effort in a victory over UW-Parkside. Jones ranks fourth in the GLVC with 5.25 assists per game.

"J.B. seems to be getting more confident," said Simmons. "He really picked it up in both games and got us going."

Senior Dan Heimos (Waterloo) also had a career-high night in the contest against Saint Joseph's. Heimos had his first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He is second in the GLVC in field goal percentage (64.9 percent) and block shots per game (2.44) as well as leading SIUE in rebounding at 6.3 boards per contest.

"A lot of our success stems from him," said Simmons. "He is getting inside baskets, and he is rebounding very well."

Senior Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) leads the team in scoring with 12.0 points a game and is fourth in the GLVC in field goal percentage (62.7 percent).

"I give the seniors a lot of credit," said Simmons. "They have done a great job with their leadership."

Anthony Jones (Centralia) and Michael Sams (Mt. Zion) were big contributors in SIUE's win over Saint Joseph's. Jones netted 17 points, including shooting seven of 10 from the field. Sams chipped in seven points going three of five from the floor. Senior Kris Crosby (Belleville) picked up some quality minutes in the win over UW-Parkside. Crosby had six points and five rebounds (four offensive) in 17 minutes.

The Cougars will face the Hawks at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Women's Basketball Moves Back To .500 Mark Overall

SIUE women's basketball coach Wendy Hedberg picked up wins over Saint Joseph's and UW-Parkside this past weekend. The two victories may have gotten her team back to the .500 mark at 8-8, but more importantly gave her team more confidence.

"It was big win for us in a lot of ways," said Hedberg, who needs one more victory to reach the 400-win plateau. "It just may be the thing we needed to get us going."

The Cougars are 3-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, tied with three teams for sixth place. Quincy, (9-5, 6-1 GLVC) who is tied for first in the conference, visits the Vadalabene Center on Saturday (1/22). "Quincy is a very good team," said Hedberg. "They are playing pretty well right now. We will have our hands full."

Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) has been a big contributor to the Cougars' offense. Sykes is averaging 10.1 points a game and shooting 42 percent from beyond the three point line. In her last three games, Sykes has made 13 of 23 (56 percent) shots from long-range. "She is doing an outstanding job," said Hedberg. "That (three-pointers) is her game. When she adds the ability to put it to the floor and create, she'll be difficult to defend."

In a win over UW-Parkside, junior Alisa Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif.) made her first career start count and managed a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Sophomore Jamie Kennedy (Colfax) chipped in eight points in the game against the Rangers. "Alisa and Jamie stepped up huge for us," said Hedberg.

Amber Wisdom (Geneso) had solid performances against Saint Joseph's and UW-Parkside. Wisdom went 6 of 11 from the floor and averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the two contests. "Amber played really solid at point guard," said Hedberg. "We have been trying to get her to shoot more when she is open. She knocked down some nice shots over the weekend."

SIUE will battle the Hawks on Saturday (1/22) afternoon at 1.

Wrestling Entertains Missouri Valley

The SIUE wrestling coach Chris Whelan is still not satisfied with his team's 13th place finish at the Midwest Open. He believes that his team is capable of more.

"Even though it was the highest we have placed (at the Midwest Open) we are no where near where we need to be," said Whelan. "They were a little tentative in the matches."

The Cougars will look to get back on track as they take on Missouri Valley at home on Wednesday (1/19) and travel to William Penn on Friday (1/21).

Senior Branden Lorek (Bensenville) has a record of 8-10 on the year. He finished with a 4-2 mark at the meet for a fifth-place finish at 197 pounds. "He wrestled hard," said Whelan. "He was a match or two away from a great meet. He did a good job."

John Ficht (Burbank) finished in eighth place at 165 pounds going 2-3 in the meet, and he is now 9-8 on the season. "John is good at countering," said Whelan. "He needs to attack more. Overall, he wreslted hard."

Joe Rujawitz (Belleville) also placed sixth at 149 pounds.

SIUE will take on the Vikings on Wednesday night (1/19) at 7 in the Vadalabene Center before the 7 p.m. match up with the Statesmen in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Friday (1/21).

Cougars Place 13th At Midwest Open

The SIUE wrestling team finished the Midwest Open in 13th place with 38.5 points thanks to four placewinners. Ashland University won the 19-team meet with 162 points.

Branden Lorek placed fifth at 197 pounds going 4-2 in the meet improving to 8-10 on the season. Joe Rujawitz finished in sixth place at 149 pounds.

John Ficht at 165 pounds and Pat Healy 174 pounds each placed 8th. Ficht finished 2-3 in the meet and he is 9-8 on the year.

SIUE returns home to the Vadalabene Center for the first time in 2005 with a dual meet on Wednesday (1/12) against Missouri Valley. The opening whistle is at 7 p.m.

And The Beat Goes On, 13 Straight Wins

SIUE basketball picked up its school-record 13th straight win, defeating UW-Parkside 67-52 this afternoon in Great Lakes Valley Conference action at the Vadalabene Center.

Freshman point guard J.B. Jones netted 17 points, shooting seven of 12 from the field with five assists for the Cougars, ranked 16th in the nation in the latest NABC/Division II poll. SIUE remains undefeated in GLVC play at 7-0 with a 14-2 overall record.

SIUE and UW-Parkside were tied 20-20 with 3:02 to go in the first half and the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to end the first stanza. The Rangers cut the Cougars' lead to 40-34 with 13:27 left in the second half before SIUE went on a 17-6 over next 5:09 run capped by a Anthony Jones three-pointer.

Senior Tim Bauersachs was one point away from a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Dan Heimos chipped in 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had four blocks. The Cougars held the Rangers to 33 percent (20-60) shooting as SIUE shot 44.6 percent (25-56) in the contest.

SIUE is now 12-1 when holding opponents under 70 points and 7-0 when opponents shoot less than 40 percent from the field.

Brad Ferstenou led the Rangers with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. UW-Parkside recorded 10 blocked shots against the Cougars.

SIUE ends its three-game homestand as Quincy visits the Vadalabene Center next Saturday afternoon (1/15) at 3.

Carrillo's Double-Double Sparks Win Over UW-Parkside

Alisa Carrillo recorded a double-double in her first career start as the SIUE Cougars powered past UW-Parkside 62-56 this afternoon in Great Lakes Valley Conference action at the Vadalabene Center.

Carrillo netted 12 points, while grabbing 10 boards as the Cougars won their second straight GLVC contest to improve to 3-4 in the conference and 8-8 overall. UW-Parkside falls to 11-7 overall, and 5-3 in GLVC play. Carillo started in place of Julianne McMillen, who was away from the team on Saturday on family business.

The Cougars had a 34-26 halftime lead as both teams shot 40 percent in the first half. The Rangers cut SIUE's lead to 51-47 with 7:00 to go, but the Cougars withstood the pressure down the stretch to pick up the win.

Freshman Whitney Sykes continued her hot shooting, making three of four shots from three-point land and eight of 10 from the free throw line for 17 points. Sykes has made a three-pointer in 14 of the 16 contests this season. She is shooting 56.5 percent (13-23) from three-point range in the last three games.

Jamie Kennedy came off the bench to chip in eight points, and Amber Wisdom had seven points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Cougars shot 21 of 29 (72 percent) from the free throw line , while the Rangers were 8 of 12 from the charity stripe. SIUE shot 45 percent (23-59) for the game, and each team committed 18 turnovers.

Sammy Kromm had 16 points and seven rebounds, Linda Glick chipped in 13 points, and Carrie Weir added 12 for UW-Parkside.

The Cougars will have the week off before they resume GLVC play next Saturday (1/15) as Quincy comes to the Vadalabene Center for the final game of a three-game homestand. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

SIUE Hires Marcuzzo, Viehl To Lead Golf Programs

SIUE alumni Mark Marcuzzo and Kyle Viehl have been named to take over the Cougar women's golf program and the recently re-established men's golf program.

SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics Director Brad Hewitt announced Tuesday (1/4) that Marcuzzo, a PGA Professional, will be the coordinator of both the men's and women's golf teams. Viehl will be an assistant coordinator for the two programs. Marcuzzo and Viehl take over for SIUE women's golf coach Larry Bennett, who announced his retirement at the end of the fall season. Both positions are part-time.

"We're very excited to have two alumni who have a wealth of golf knowledge and are ready to develop new golf talent at SIUE," said Hewitt. "We believe that by adding men's golf to the fold and continuing the level of commitment to the women's golf program that SIUE will become even more competitive in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Marcuzzo was an NCAA Division II All-American with the Cougars in 1984 under former head coach Harry Gallatin. He has been a three-time U.S. Open local qualifier, including medalist in 2003. After leaving SIUE with a physical education degree in 1985, Marcuzzo went on to serve as an assistant professional at several local golf courses. He currently is the director of Golf at Timber Lakes Golf Club in Staunton.

Viehl made three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four seasons as a Cougar from 1988 to 1993. He received a bachelor's in finance at SIUE in 1993 and currently works as a sales manager for Amerilight.

The SIUE men's golf program plans to start intercollegiate competition this fall. Funding for the men's golf program will be external in nature similar to the model being used by the Friends of Wrestling.

The SIUE wrestling program was to be eliminated after the 2003-2004 season, but with the help of several dedicated supporters and alumni, the wrestling program is being maintained on the intercollegiate level, funded primarily by private contributions.

The first SIUE men's golf program began during the 1968-69 season and was dropped as a sponsored sport in January 1995 as a result of recommendations made by the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. The men's golf program previously produced two first-team All-Americans, two second-team All-Americans, one third-team All-American and six honorable mention All-Americans.

The Cougars made 16 national championship appearances under Gallatin, who also served as SIUE's first Athletics Director.

SIUE Men's Basketball Ranked No. 16 Nationally

SIUE men's basketball earned its highest ranking since the 1988 season when the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II rankings listed the Cougars No. 16 in the country in today's poll.

Coach Marty Simmons and his Cougars have reeled off 11 wins in a row, tying the school record for consecutive victories set in the 1985-86 season. SIUE has won all eight of its home games and completed the month of December with a perfect 8-0 mark.

The Cougars were last ranked in the national poll in January 1998 when SIUE got off to an 8-1 start under then-Coach Jack Margenthaler, with a ranking of 21st in the nation. SIUE was last ranked in the top 20 as No. 20 nationally on Feb. 20, 1989.

SIUE looks to break its consecutive win record on Thursday (1/6) when it plays host to Saint Joseph's in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at the Vadalabene Center.

Men's Basketball Look To Keep Winning Momentum

SIUE men's basketball team has rattled off 11 straight victories to tie a school record set 19 seasons ago. That includes a perfect 8-0 mark during the month of December, and the Cougars are looking to continue that trend in the new year.

SIUE coach Marty Simmons enjoys the streak, but he knows it can end as fast as it started. "We played a lot of good teams in that stretch," said Simmons. "It is a credit to the players. It is a good thing only if we can keep it going. That is the challenge that lies ahead."

SIUE is 12-2 overall and 5-0 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Cougars will return home to start a three-game homestand against St. Joseph's (7-4, 3-2 GLVC) on Thursday (1/6) night at the Vadalabene Center. "St. Joseph's players can shoot the three," said Simmons. "They can all penetrate. It is going to be a huge challenge for us."

Following the contest with St. Joseph's, SIUE will battle UW-Parkside on Saturday (1/8) at 3 p.m. before Quincy ends the home stretch on Jan. 15.

The Cougars are first in the GLVC in scoring defense (58.2 points per game), field goal percentage (49.8 percent), and block shots (67). SIUE ranks second in the GLVC in field goal percentage defense (39.0 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (39.3 percent).

Senior Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) leads the team in scoring with 12.5 points a game and is third in the GLVC in field goal percentage (64.4 percent). "The thing that makes him so good are all the things that don't show up in the stat sheet," said Simmons. "He draws the top defensive assignment every night. He screens. He is a good passer. And he leads by example."

Freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville) is third in the conference in steals per game (1.93) and fourth in assists per game (5.21)

Anthony Jones (Centralia) is the other part of SIUE freshman backcourt duo. Jones netted 17 points in SIUE's 86-70 win over Bellarmine on Dec. 30. Jones was a perfect 5 for 5 from beyond the three-point arc in the contest. "Anthony gave us a big lift off the bench," said Simmons.

Dan Heimos (Waterloo) leads the Cougars in rebounding with 5.9 boards a game. He is first in the GLVC with 33 blocks and second in the conference with 2.36 blocks per game. Heimos is fourth in the conference in field goal percentage making 62.5 percent of his shots.

Women's Basketball Sets Eyes onOConference Games

The SIUE women's basketball team returns to the Vadalabene Center for a three-game homestand over the next two weeks. Coach Wendy Hedberg is looking for her club to gain some momentum as it starts the heart of the Great Lakes Valley Conference season.

The Cougars have record of 6-8 overall, and 1-4 in GLVC play. "We are struggling right now with scoring and hitting open shots," said Hedberg. "I am happy with our defensive effort. We are holding teams under their average scoring."

SIUE is allowing 63.6 points per game this season while holding their opponents' field goal percentage to less than 40 percent this year. "We are digging ourselves holes in games where we are always trying to come from behind," said Hedberg. "That is going to take its toll on your team."

The Cougars return home to face St. Joseph's (3-9, 1-4 GLVC) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., before welcoming conference leading UW-Parkside on Saturday at 1 p.m. "A win would do a ton of good for us to build our confidence," said Hedberg. "Those will be two tough games for us," said Hedberg. "St. Joe's is a hard nosed team. Then you turn around and play (UW-) Parkside who has been playing great basketball."

Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) is leading SIUE with 11.1 points a game. She is sixth in the GLVC in field goal percentage at 56.1 percent. McMillen recorded a double-double (23 points, 13 rebounds) in the loss at Bellarmine on Dec. 30. McMillen also is shooting 82.9 percent from the free throw line this season.

Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) is fourth in the conference in three-point field goals made per game at 2.21, and 31 of Sykes' 40 field goals have been three -pointers this season.

SIUE Wrestling Has Met Tough Competition

The SIUE wrestling team may be 0-5 on the season, but the Cougars have battle some tough competition so far this season.

The Cougars recently faced off against three NCAA Division I programs (Maryland, Utah Valley St., and Missouri) at the Mizzou Duals on Jan. 2.

SIUE lost to all three teams, but Coach Khris Whelan believes his team can learn valuable lessons from facing the tough competition. "I wanted to see who my competitors are," said Whelan. "It was a great experience for them. It should motivate them to work a lot harder in the room."

The Cougars picked up a win from John Ficht (Burbank) at 165 pounds. He defeated Wayne Watts from Utah Valley State 3-1. Ficht now has a record of 7-5 on the year. "John is coming along great," said Whelan. "He really battled in his match picking up the win."

Freshman Cory Scott (Sterling) is 4-8 on the season wrestling at 184 pounds. "He did a phenomenal job," said Whelan. "He continues to battle everyday."

The Cougars will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Midwest Open. "This is going to be more our level," said Whelan. "I told the guys not to get down after last weekend's performance."

The event is all day Friday and Saturday, (1/7-1/8).

Cougars Cruise To 11th Straight Win

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball won its 11th straight game today, equaling the longest such winning streak in school history, with an 86-70 victory at Bellarmine.

The Cougars had its other 11-game winning streak during the 1985-86 season. The 12-2 start for SIUE is the best in school history. SIUE goes for its best-ever winning streak on Jan. 6 at the Vadalabene Center when it entertains Saint Joseph's. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars also remained the lone team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with an unblemished league record. SIUE improved to 5-0. Bellarmine falls to 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC with its first homecourt loss.

Bellarmine hung in with the Cougars in the first half, trailing by just one point at 38-37. The Cougars pulled away with a steady second-half performance, holding the Knights to 34.5 percent shooting while shooting better than 65 percent from the field themselves.

SIUE turned on the pressure in the second half behind Tim Bauersachs' 18 points. Anthony Jones hit all five of his three-point attemmpts and finished with 17 points. Joel Jaye and Justin Ward added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Dan Heimos was SIUE's fifth player in double figures with 10 points.

The Knights were led by a double-double effort from Nate Sexton, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Bellarmine Defeats Cougars 71-57

Bellarmine went on an 11-2 run in the first half and went on to defeat SIUE 71-57 Thursday night in women's college basketball at Knights Hall.

SIUE, 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, found itself down 45-31 at halftime as the Knights improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the GLVC.

Bellarmine raced to the halftime lead behind Ashley Elmore, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Princess Wimsatt led Bellarmine in scoring with 17 points. Lynne Johnson added 14. The Knight shot 56 percent from the field in the first half on 18-of-32 shooting. The Knights cooled off in the second half with 38 percent shooting.

The Cougars picked up a big night from Julianne McMillen, who scored 23 points and added 13 reboounds. Lindy Carey was the only other player in double figures for the Cougars with 12 points.

Bellarmine's lead swelled to 24 points before the Cougars made a run of 19-6 to finish off the game. SIUE returns to action on Sunday (1/2) at Northern Illinois. Game time is 2:05 p.m. in DeKalb.

SIUE Baseball Features Winter Pitchers and Catchers Clinics

The SIUE baseball team will present its 2005 winter pitchers and catchers clinics Feb. 5 at the Vadalabene Center.

The clinics will provide individualized instruction in all phases of pitching and catching from some of the area's finest professional, collegiate, and high school coaches. The cost to attend the clinic is $60.

Coach Gary Collins and the SIUE Cougars also will feature major league scout Keith Champion, of the Chicago Cubs organization, and Kirk Champion, of the Chicago White Sox organization, as well as SIUE pitching coach Tony Stoecklin.

For more information, contact the SIUE Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, (618) 650-2871, or visit the SIUE baseball Web site: www.siue.edu/ATHLETIC/BB/.

SIUE Softball Features Winter Hitting Clinic

The SIUE softball team will present its 2005 winter clinic Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Vadalabene Center.

Participants from grades K-5 will receive instruction from noon to 2 p.m. and grades 6-12 will receive instruction from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the clinic is $50.

Coach Sandy Montgomery, her coaching staff, and the 2005 Cougars will be on hand to provide instructional training in mechanics and swing improvement, basic hitting corrections, bunting, slap hitting and offensive strategies.

For more information, contact the SIUE Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, (618) 650-2871, or visit the SIUE softball Web site: www.siue.edu/ATHLETIC/SB/.

Four Cougars Named to All-Region Team

Four members of SIUE's NCAA Division II national runner-up men's soccer team have been named to the Great Lakes Region All-Region team.

Senior Mike Burgund was SIUE's only first team selection. He tied for second on the team with six goals while adding two assists on the year. The backer led the team with a .261 shooting percentage.

Juniors Kevin Thibodeau and Brian Higgins and sophomore Mike Banner received second team selections. Thibodeau notched four goals and five assists for the Cougars, including three game-winning goals. One of those game winners came over Wisconsin-Parkside in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Higgins also had four goals and five assists with a game-winning goal over Indianapolis. Banner led the team in shots with 66, playing just 16 games for SIUE. He was second on the team with six goals and added four assists.

Burgund, Higgins, Banner, and Thibodeau were all Great Lakes Valley Conference all-conference selections. The Cougars tied the record for most wins in a season going 19-3-2 this year. SIUE will start next season with a 21-game unbeaten streak in GLVC regular season play.

Cougars Stun No. 4 Southern Indiana

Tim Bauersachs scored a career-high 20 points as SIUE toppled fourth-ranked Southern Indiana 75-70 in men's college basketball on Saturday (12/4) at the Vadalabene Center.

The win halted streaks and continued streaks alike. SIUE had not defeated Southern Indiana in 13 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 8, 1998, when the Cougars defeated then No. 1-Southern Indiana 96-86.

SIUE improved to 6-2 with a five-game winning streak, the longest since Marty Simmons became head coach. The Cougars also are 3-0 in GLVC play to start the season. It is the first time SIUE has won three straight Great Lakes Valley Conference games to begin the season since joining the league in the during the 1995-96 season.

The Cougars had to come from behind to throttle the Screaming Eagles. SIUE played its typical defense, holding SI to 39 percent shooting for the game. SIUE countered that with a strong offensive game, hitting 50 percent of its own shots.

Southern Indiana, which suffered its first conference loss in four games, had the momentum going at halftime, leading 38-31 and forcing two SIUE turnovers in the final minute of the first half. Southern Indiana is now 4-2 overall

The Cougars came out in the second half and played steady. Kris Crosby's bucket at 12:09 tied the game 42-42. SIUE then picked up a pair of free throws from Joel Jaye at 11:42 and did not relinquish the lead.

SIUE was steady from the line, hitting 32 of 36 shots. Bauersachs was perfect in five attempts. Justin Ward, who finished with 15 points, was perfect from the free throw line in six attempts. Joel Jaye, who had 17 points for the game, made all eight of his free throws.

Chris Thompson powered the Screaming Eagles with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Geoff Van Winkle scored 12 points off the bench for Southern Indiana, and Stacy Pearson added 10.

SIUE returns to the Vadalabene Center on Monday (12/6), playing host to Southwest Baptist. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m.

Southern Indiana Downs Cougars

Jamie Truitt hit four three-pointers and all seven of her free throws to lead Southern Indiana to a 71-59 victory over SIUE in women's college basketball action Saturday (12/4) afternoon at the Vadalabene Center.

SIUE fell to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Screaming Eagles improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the GLVC.

The Cougars shot 28 percent in the first half and found themselves down 31-21 at halftime. The Cougars fell behind by as many as 16 points in the second half and didn't move any closer than eight points from Southern Indiana.

Tanya Guell led the scoring attack for SIUE with 16 points. Julianne McMillen followed with 10.

Southern Indiana had four players in double figures along with Truitt. Sabrina Brandon came off the bench for 12 points while starters Andrea Engleking and Megan Nelson finished with 10 each.

The Cougars did score 27 of their points off 26 Southern Indiana turnovers, but also suffered from 21 turnovers of its own. SIUE now has one day of rest before returning to the court Monday(12/6) evening for a 5:30 non-conference matchup at the Vadalabene Center against Southwest Baptist.