Women’s Basketball wins first exhibition game of the season

Junior Forward Madison Hackstadt (22) of Okawville, Illinois,  goes for a shot as graduate student Allie Troeckler (23) of Bethalto, Illinois tries to block UMSL players.


The game was off to a rough start, with the SIUE Cougars being down by seven points in the first quarter.


However, SIUE picked it up in the second half and won the game by eight points for a score of 74-66.


“We had a better coming out into that third quarter, ready to play. I think we were a lot more ready,” Head Coach Sam Quigley Smith said. “More than anything it was a focus of energy going into the second half that got us moving in the right direction.”


UMSL’s Faye Meissner, a senior guard, made the first shot in the game close to the eight minute mark for a total of two points. 


Senior guard Gabby Nikitinaite scored the team’s first point at seven minutes and 53 seconds for two points.


Junior forward Mikayla Kinnard received the first penalty of the game at six minutes and 44 seconds into the first quarter.


The first quarter ended with SIUE accumulating 11 points and UMSL gaining 18 points. The teams then got about a minute or two to regroup and come into the second quarter.


Smith had to mentor both new players and older players, and this first game was the opportunity to show their hard work.


“It's been a learning experience for everyone. Teaching them, seeing how they like to be coached as well, but having incoming freshmen and transfers join a veteran group,” Smith said. “You have to all mesh and find the right string of people, the right lineup, so that's why you play exhibitions and scrimmages so you can see who plays well together, who does things well in certain situations, putting them in the best positions to be successful. It's a competitive mindset that we're trying to instill in them."


The Cougars picked it up in the second quarter, but only managed to score 14 more points, while UMSL scored a whopping 24.


SIUE’s next women’s basketball game is on November 10th at 7:00 p.m.


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