The Blue Demons lead the all-time series 9-3 over Southern Illinois.
The Salukis were last selected to play in the Preseason WNIT in 1997.
Junior All-MVC center Dyana Pierre was named Team MVP.
Southern broke the MVC Tournament record for team rebounds in a single game with 57.
SIU has not advanced to the conference tournament semifinals since 1996-97.
2015-16 (Senior Season)
Played in 30 games this season, including six starts … Played in 121 games during her Saluki career, tied for the second-most in school history … Finished her career with 675 rebounds, the 10th-most in Saluki history … Scored in double-figures three times this season, and did so 39 times in her career … She is one of only 16 Salukis to tally at least 800 points and 600 rebounds in a career … Recorded her ninth career double-double in SIU's win over Indiana State (11/29), finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
2013-14 (Sophomore Season)
Played in all 30 games, starting 28 ... Ranked second on the team in scoring (9.6) and rebounding (6.8) ... Posted career-high 27 points and 15 rebounds in double-overtime win vs. Bradley ... Scored 289 points (9.6 per game) and grabbed 205 rebounds (6.8 per game) ... Also posted nine assists, blocked 16 shots and grabbed 29 steals. OVERALL MVC RANKINGS: Seventh in defensive rebounding (5.0), ninth in rebounding (6.8) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.457). MVC-ONLY RANKINGS: 10th in rebounding (6.5 per game).
2012-13 (Freshman Season)
Saw action in 31 games, making 16 starts • averaged 5.8 points per game and ranked second on the team with an average of 5.2 rebounds per game • had her best game of the season with season-highs of 17 points and 17 rebounds against Chicago State (Dec. 29) • named MVC Newcomer of the Week Dec. 31 following the Chicago State game • led the team with a .409 field goal percentage • scored in double figures in six games • also had a 14-rebound game against Drake (Jan. 5) • also had 28 steals and 20 assists.
At Blue Springs High School
Named All-State following junior season after leading Blue Springs to a 29-3 record and a state runner-up finish • ranked 71st overall and 12th among power forwards by the Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report • ranked a three-star recruit as the 58th-best prospect at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Full name is Azia E. Washington • Majoring in journalism-advertising and minoring in marketing • daughter of Paul and Monty Washington • born Dec. 22, 1993 • has one sister, Ariana, and one brother, Aaron.