How are six former Tigers doing in NCAA Division I women’s basketball?

A year ago, the Edwardsville girls basketball senior class that included Sydney Harris, Elle Evans and Macy Silvey was putting the finishing touches on their time as Tigers.

Now, Harris, Evans and Silvey are making an immediate impact, as guards, at the college level with their respective teams. Along with SIU Carbondale junior guard Quierra Love, Omaha junior guard Jaylen Townsend and Iowa senior guard Kate Martin, they are three of six former Tigers playing at the NCAA Division I level.

Here’s a look at how all six former Tigers are doing.

Sydney Harris, Central Michigan

The all-time leading scorer in Edwardsville girls basketball history, Harris is off to a torrid start with the Chippewas. Through nine games this season – all she started — she is averaging a team-high 16.2 points and 3.7 rebounds.

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Harris scored a career-high 27 points in a win over Tulane on Nov. 25. Including the Tulane performance, she is averaging over 22 points in her last four games.

Harris ranks 11th in the country in 3-point attempts (83), 18th in 3-pointers per game (3.11) and 26th in made 3-pointers (29). She is tied for third among freshmen in points per game and is first among freshmen in 3-pointers per game and made 3-pointers.

CMU is 1-8 this season.

Elle Evans, North Dakota State

Evans has started all 10 games this season for North Dakota State and is averaging 12.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting and 5.2 rebounds with 26 assists and 10 blocks.

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Evans is second on the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks and third in assists.

In a loss to Central Michigan on Dec. 3, Evans scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. She played every 40 minutes.

North Dakota State is 6-4 this season.

Macy Silvey, SIUE

Silvey has started six games and appeared in seven of eight games for the hometown Cougars this season.

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Silvey

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Silvey is averaging 4.7 points and 1.4 rebounds with six steals and five assists.

Silvey scored a career-high 11 points with a career-high three 3-pointers in a loss to Memphis on Nov. 19.

SIUE is 0-8 this season.

Quierra Love, SIU Carbondale

After starting in 34 of 47 games in her first two seasons at Carbondale, Love has started all eight games for the Salukis this season and is averaging 3.9 points and a team-high 5.9 assists.

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love

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Love is coming off her first career double-double with a career-high 11 points and 12 assists in a 100-72 home win over Tennessee State.

“She’s a facilitator first,” SIUC coach Kelly Bond-White said following the game. “She’s a true point guard in every sense of the word. She’s always looking for her teammates first. What I try to tell her is when she takes the open look and she starts hitting the mid-range shot and being aggressive offensively, now she’s a threat and creates even more of her teammates.”

Love is tied for 47th in the country with 47 assists and 20th with 5.9 assists per game.

SIU Carbondale is 3-5 this season.

Jaylen Townsend, Omaha

After playing two seasons at Johnson Community College, where she was the NJCAA DII Women’s Plater of the Year in 2021-22, Townsend is in her first season with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks.

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Townsend has appeared in 10 games, including two starts, and is averaging 5.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. She also has 10 steals and eight blocks.

Townsend scored a career-high 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting, including three 3-pointers, in a win over St. Mary Nebraska on Dec. 11.

UNO is 5-5 this season.

Kate Martin, Iowa

Through the season’s first 11 games, Martin is averaging 6.8 points. She has 41 total rebounds, 29 assists and eight steals.

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Martin

In a loss to ninth-ranked Connecticut on Nov. 27, Martin scored a career-high 20 points. She was 6 of 6 from 3-point range.

Martin injured her shin in the third quarter of Iowa’s win over Minnesota on Saturday.

“Kate’s our emotional leader. She’s our captain. She’s who everyone looks to in hard times, so when you have somebody like that go down on your team, you’d like to think other people will step up,” Iowa guard Caitlin Clark said following the game. “And we did that. But at the same time, it’s still kind of a weird thing when you see Kate go down like that.”

Iowa is 8-3 this season and ranked 12th in the latest Associated Press poll.

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