CoCo Moore scored 15 points off the bench for the Cougars in a 74-63 loss Monday against Saint Louis University.
ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University went on an 18-6 run to open the second half Monday and downed SIUE 74-63 in women’s college basketball at Chaifetz Arena.
“We allowed Saint Louis to control the pace and tempo of the game,” SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher said. “We needed to be more patient in our halfcourt offense.”
The Cougars fell to 0-2 to start the season and will look to rebound Thursday with their first regular season home contest. SIUE faces off against Drake at 7 p.m.
“It will be nice to be at home, and we need to make some things happen,” Buscher said.
The Cougars held a 30-26 halftime lead as Micah Jones scored nine of her 15 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. Jones shot 7 of 11 from the field for the game and tied Gwen Adams for the team lead in rebounds with eight.
“Micah got back to looking to score, and that’s one of things we want from her and need from her,” Buscher said.
Shronda Butts finished as the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. CoCo Moore scored 15 points off the bench for the Cougars.
SIUE shot 26 of 59 from the field (44.1 percent) while Saint Louis was 27 of 56 from the field (48.2 percent).
“We took a lot of quick shots that put us constantly in transition defense,” Buscher said.
The Billikens had 12 points off the fast break and finished with four players in double figures led by 17 from Denisha Womack. Jamesia Price scored 15 while Jackie Kemph and Sadie Stipanovich added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Buscher said she has to keep her team focused.
“We’re not happy where we are at, but we understand it’s a long season,” she said. “We have to stay positive with each other, and we have to improve.”