Junior All-MVC center Dyana Pierre was named Team MVP.
With the loss, SIU is locked in as the No. 5 seed for the MVC Tournament in St. Charles, Mo., on March 12-15. Southern will play No. 4 UNI at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
At plus-12 wins, the Salukis have now recorded the largest turnaround in school history.
The Lady Bears shot 47.5 percent from the field, 51.4 percent in the first half alone.
SIU has now shot 50 percent from the field in two games this season -- the first time the Salukis have done that in any of the previous five years.
Photos from the 2015 SIU Women's Basketball Awards Banquet from April 12, 2015
SIU WBB vs. UNI, MVC Quarterfinals
Photos from Senior Day vs. Illinois State; March 7, 2015
Photos courtesy of Lewis Marien.
Photos from the SIU-Bradley women's basketball game on Salukis Go Pink Day on Feb. 1, 2015.
2014-15 (Freshman Season)
Played in 23 games (8.0 minutes per)...Scored 39 points (1.7/game), 28 rebounds (1.2/game) and seven blocks...Scored a career-high eight points in the regular season finale vs. Illinois State, in which she also played a career-high 25 minutes.
Four-time All-State selection by the Associated Press ... Three-time All-State selection by Illinois Basketball Services ... Three-time first-team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Four-time State Farm Classic All-Tournament team selection ... Three-time All-Western Illinois Player of the Year selection by the Quad City Dispatch ... All-time leading scorer in Annawan High School history and only player in school history to be named three-time All-State ... Posted 2,493 career points and 1,169 career rebounds for career averages of 20.3 points and 10.1 rebounds ... Led Annawan to its first team state championship in school history in 2013-14 ... Eighth in IHSA history in career field goals (968) and 10th in career free throws (557) ... One of six Division I student-athletes in Annawan High School history ... Also earned first-team All-State honors in softball ... Two former DI student-athletes from Annawan High School, Lisa and Lynette Robinson, are members of the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame and former teammates of SIU head coach Cindy Stein at the University of Illinois.
Full given name is Celina Kay VanHyfte ... Pronounced sell-EE-na van-HEFF-tee ... Daughter of Valerie and Teddy VanHyfte ... Born June 14, 1995, in Winston Salem, N.C. ... Mother, Valerie, is in both the Bradley and Illinois High School Basketball Halls of Fame ... Father, Ted, remains the only male athlete in Annawan HS history to compete at the Division I level, playing football at Wake Forest ... Plans to major in pre-vet.