Micah Jones recorded her third career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-60 victory Thursday over the visiting Drake Bulldogs at the Vadalabene Center.
EDWARDSVILLE — SIUE women’s basketball opened the game with a 16-1 advantage and rolled to a 74-60 victory over the visiting Drake Bulldogs at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE collected its first win of the season in its home opener. The Cougars, 1-2, have won 10 of their last 12 home openers.
“I liked our composure,” SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher said. “One of the things we have been stressing is how we have to control the tempo. Early in the game we didn’t panic. We have to learn how to play fast and how to slow it down and play a half-court game.”
Drake, which dropped to 0-3, missed their first 10 shots of the game before Becca Jones scored 7:09 into the first half.
SIUE’s offense hit six field goals in the first seven minutes and never looked back.
The Cougars used a balanced scoring effort to throttle the Bulldogs. Gwen Adams led SIUE in scoring with 17 points. Tierny Austin scored 14 and was the team leader in assists with five. Sidney Smith connected for 13, including three three-pointers.
Micah Jones recorded her third career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
“When she (Jones) is in that aggressive mode, she’s very hard to stop,” Buscher said.
The Bulldogs countered with two players in double figures. Lizzy Wendell scored 20 points before fouling out late in the contest. Guard Caitlin Ingle added 12 points and six assists.
Buscher was pleased with SIUE’s first effort at the Vadalabene Center.
“The first two outings I didn’t think we played well,” Buscher said. “Tonight we controlled the tempo and the pace of the game. Our guards stepped up and did a nice job with that.”
SIUE grabbed 53 rebounds, the most since reeling in 54 against Tennessee State during the 2012-13 season. With Jones leading the way, Adams added nine while Shronda Butts and Austin each grabbed eight.
“When things are going well, you play fast and quick shots are great,” Buscher said. “But when you feel the shift and the tide turns, that’s when you want to pull it back, work some clock and make them play defense.”
SIUE remains at home for its second straight contest Sunday. The Cougars welcome Air Force for a 2 p.m. game.