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SIUE women see 2 players named to All-OVC basketball teams; men get 1

Lauren White, a graduate of Edwardsville High School, is a second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, the league announced Tuesday.
Lauren White, a graduate of Edwardsville High School, is a second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection, the league announced Tuesday.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seniors Donshel Beck and Lauren White were named All-Ohio Valley Conference by a vote of the league's coaches and sports information directors.

Beck, of St. Louis, was named to the first team, while White, a graduate of Edwardsville High School, was picked for the second team.

"I'm proud of what they have accomplished," SIUE coach Paula Buscher said.

Beck is second in scoring (13.7 points per game) and second in rebounding (6.4 per game) on this year's squad.

"Donshel has worked extremely hard on her game," Buscher said. "The one thing you love about Donshel is she is going to compete and gives everything she has. She has one speed and is going to play hard all the time."

White leads the team this season in scoring (14.2) and assists (2.7).

"I've said this before. You know what type of athlete Lauren is when she trains for a couple weeks and wins the OVC outdoor heptathlon," Buscher said. "She has worked hard on her game as well and is a great defender. She is someone who is able to attack the rim on offense."

SIUE begins the OVC Tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday against Austin Peay. The tournament is being played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

From the men's team, senior Jalen Henry, a Springfield native, was a second-team selection.

Henry leads the team in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (7.0). He is one of four players in the OVC to appear in the top 10 in both categories.

"It's great to see Jalen recognized for his efforts," SIUE coach Jon Harris said. "He's grown so much in our three years here. Stepping into a role where opposing defenses key on you every game is not easy, but he's taken that in stride."

Earlier this season, Henry scored a career-high 35 points in a win at Eastern Kentucky. It is the second-highest scoring total by an OVC player this year.

No. 8 seed SIUE opens OVC Tournament play Wednesday night against fifth-seeded Tennessee Tech.

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