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Jones breaks SIUE record

22 December 2006 No Comment
Jones breaks SIUE’s career steals record
By Brian Doolittle

Junior guard J.B. Jones (Belleville West High) set the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s basketball record for career steals Thursday.

He had one in the first half to break the previous record of 143, set by Kenny Stanley (1984-1987). Jones has 145 steals and is third in assists with 362.

He finished with 10 points and 10 assists in the Cougars’ 80-47 home victory over Illinois Tech.

SIUE (7-4) does not play again until Jan. 4, when it travels to Missouri-Rolla for a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at 7:30 p.m.

McKendree College senior forward Mike Strobbe (McCluer) is leading NAIA Division I in rebounding. Strobbe is averaging 16.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game to lead McKendree in both categories.

Strobbe, who shoots at a 57.4 percent clip, has been named American Midwest Conference player of the week twice this season. McKendree is 10-6 and ranked No. 21 in NAIA Division I. The Bearcats next play Jan. 9 at home against East-West University.

Missouri’s women’s basketball team won its eighth straight game when it defeated Prairie View A&M 89-55 at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Missouri (11-1) can tie the program record for consecutive victories by beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home Friday.

Senior forward EeTisha Riddle (O’Fallon) leads the Tigers with an average of 14.7 points and eight rebounds per game.

Stanford University sophomore middle blocker Erin Waller (Incarnate Word) set a career high with 18 kills last Saturday in a loss to Nebraska in the NCAA volleyball championship.

Stanford finished 30-4. Waller was a 2004 high school All-American when she led Incarnate Word to the Class 4 championship. She was a two-time Post-Dispatch All-Metro player of the year.

Four Gateway Football Conference teams are ranked in the final NCAA Division I-AA top 25 poll. Youngstown State finished No. 4, Southern Illinois University Carbondale No. 7, Illinois State No. 8 and Northern Iowa No. 17.

The Quincy University men’s basketball team is 10-2 and ranked No. 20 in this week’s NCAA Division II poll.

The Hawks next play Jan. 4 at UMSL in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup.

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