Perry, Jaehnke leave women’s basketball team

By Gus Bode

Several anonymous sources told the DAILY EGYPTIAN that sophomore guard Chris Perry and junior forward Alissa Jaehnke have quit the SIU women’s basketball team.

Repeated attempts to reach Perry and Jaehnke were unsuccessful. Head coach Lori Opp, both of Perry’s parents, Jaehnke’s grandmother and former assistant Holly Teague refused comment on the defections.

Earlier this month, Opp said two players were leaving the team, saying one was leaving due to injuries and the other for playing time.

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When asked to name the players, Opp said, “You’ll see next year.”

Opp later refused to confirm that Perry and Jaehnke were the players leaving.

Perry and Jaehnke join freshman Afton Gill, who quit in January due to medical problems, and assistant coaches Alex Wellmaker and Tricia Floyd as the latest to depart the team, which had a 7-20 record last season.

Perry averaged 1.5 points and shot 18 percent from the floor in her 8.2 minutes per game while backing up starting point guard Dana Pinkston last season.

Jaehnke scored a total of 10 points last year and played in eight games after transferring from McHenry County College.

To fill the void, the Salukis have seven new players signed for next season, six incoming freshmen and one junior college transfer.

Reporter Ethan Erickson can be reached at [email protected]

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