Ebomwonyi was a four-year starter at Tulane from 2011-15.
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.
SIU completed the largest turnaround in school history in 2014-15 at plus-12 wins.
Junior All-MVC center Dyana Pierre was named Team MVP.
Photos from the 2015 SIU Women's Basketball Awards Banquet from April 12, 2015
Photos from Senior Day vs. Illinois State; March 7, 2015
Photos by Lewis Marien
Photos from the SIU-Bradley women's basketball game on Salukis Go Pink Day on Feb. 1, 2015.
At Southern Illinois
2014-15 (17-13, 10-8 MVC)
Stein and the Salukis conducted an improbable change of gear in 2014-15. Southern went 17-13 overall with a 10-8 conference record with Stein at the helm, ushering in the largest turnaround from one season to the next in school history at plus-12 wins. In fact, that turnaround was third-best in the NCAA by the end of the regular season in 2014-15. In perhaps the best Saluki women's team since the 2006-07 WNIT team, Stein and the Salukis stunned the Missouri Valley with a bonafide, efficient offense that came primarily from the first solid starting five SIU had seen in ages in redshirt sophomore Rishonda Napier (point guard), redshirt junior Cartaesha Macklin (shooting guard), freshman Kylie Giebelhausen (shooting guard), junior Azia Washington (power forward) and junior Dyana Pierre (center). The crew went 16-8 together and combined for 84.2 percent of all SIU scoring.
After losing backcourt superstars Macklin and Napier to redshirt seasons in 2013-14, Stein had an optimal offensive weapon set with skilled shooters on the outside, skilled bigs down low in Pierre and Washington, and superb passers getting them the ball and opening mismatches. Southern improved in nearly every statistical category from Stein's first season to her second, including scoring, turnover ratio and even attendance.
Pierre and Napier both put in monumentally historic seasons, and both were rewarded with First-Team All-MVC honors for their superb efforts. Pierre was the only player in the Valley to average a double-double at 14.6 PPG and 11.8 RPG -- the latter of which was the eighth-best rebounding average in the NCAA that season. Pierre also put in only the seventh-ever 14-of-14 game in NCAA history, became just the fifth Saluki to ever record a 20-20 game and the fifth Saluki to ever join the 1,000-900 club.
Here is a complete list of milestones Stein and the Salukis completed during the 2014-15 season.
Historic 2014-15 Season Milestones
• First season-opening win since 2008
• First season-opening victory on the road since 2000
• SIU’s 87 points against UT Martin was the most scored in any regulation game since Nov. 22, 2011 (at Tennessee State, 89)
• First home opener victory since 2008
• First time SIU was 2-1 since 2008, 3-1 since 2005- 06, 4-1 since 1991-92
• First time SIU has won consecutive games since 2012-13
• First time SIU has won consecutive games at home since 2008-09
• SIU’s 16-point victory over Southeast Missouri was the largest since Southern beat Evansville by 26 on Feb. 26, 2012 (72-46)
• First time SIU has won three-straight games since 2007-08
• First time SIU has won three-straight home games since 2008-09
• SIU’s win over SEMO, combined withits 15-point win over Mercer, are the first consecutive 15-point victories since 2007-08
• First time 5-2 since 1991-92
• First time 2-1 on the road since 2002-03
• First time 6-2 since 1991-92
• Best home start (4-1) since 1996-97
• Dyana Pierre’s 14-14 performance vs. Murray State breaks SIU record; only seventh-such performance in history of NCAA
• Best start through 10 games since 1996-97 (6-4)
• Best start through 11 games since 1996-97 (7-4)
• First time SIU finished non-conference above .500 since 1994-95
• Best start through 12 games since 1994-95 (8-4)
• Best road start since 1991-92 (4-1)
• First consecutive MVC opener victories since 2006-07/07-08
• Best start through 13 games since 1994-95(8-5)
• Best road start through six games since 1991-92 (4-2)
• Most active players with 600 career points since 2007-08 (six)
• Best home start since 1996-97 (5-1)
• Broke 13-game slide against Illinois State
• Broke 12-game slide against Indiana State
• Broke 22-game road MVC losing streak
• 6-2 at home for the first time since 1996-97
• 7-2 at home; best since 1994-95 (8-1)
• 11 wins are most since 2006-07 (21)
• 17-point win over Bradley largest since 2012.
• First MVC weekend sweep since 2009 (Loyola, Bradley)
• Upset top-ranked Drake 81-76 on Feb. 6
• Started 8-2 at home for first time since 1994-95
• Broke an 11-game losing streak to UNI on Feb. 8. (79-75)
• Started 9-2 at home for first time since 1994-95
• 13 wins are the most since 2006-07
• Four-game winning streak the first since 2006-07
• Four-game home winning streak first since 06-07
• Four game MVC winning streak first since 06-07
• Four-game home MVC winning streak first since 06-07
• First consecutive MVC weekend sweep since 06-07
• First five-game winning streak since 06-07
• First five-game MVC winning streak since 06-07
• Most MVC wins (7-5) since 06-07 team went 16-2
• Snapped 14-game road losing streak at Ind. St.
• First MVC road weekend sweep since 08-09
• Six-game winning streak longest since 06-07
• First back-to-back MVC road wins since 2006-07
• 18-point victory over Ind. St. largest since 2012.
• First win at Bradley since 2007.
• First season sweep of Bradley since 2007
• First-ever season sweep of Loyola
• Largest turnaround in school history at +12 wins
• Most All-MVC honors since 2006-07
• Second-most All-MVC in school history
• First top-six MVC seed since 2006-07
• Broke MVC Tournament single-game rebounding record (57, vs. UNI)
• Highest season team field goal percentage (.413) since 2007-08 (.414)
• Highest season team free throw percentage (.690) since 2007-08 (.690)
• Highest season points-per-game (66.2) since 2007- 08 (67,2)
• Highest season rebounds per game total (39.5) since 1995-96 (40.5)
• Fewest turnovers per game in a season (15.1) since 2007-08 (14.9)
• Fewest points per game allowed (67.0) since 2008- 09 (66.6)
• Fewest rebounds allowed per game (35.4) since 2006-07 (31.5)
• Dyana Pierre’s 341 rebounds breaks the SIU single season record (325, Amy Rakers, 1989-90)
• Dyana Pierre’s 11.8 rebounds per game break the SIU single season record (11.6, Bonnie Foley, 1976- 77)
• Most wins (17) since 2006-07 (21)
• Highest winning percentage (.567) since 2006-07 (.658)
• Best conference record (10-8) since 2006-07 (16- 2)
• More conference wins (10) than the previous four seasons combined (8)
• Best home record (9-5) since 2006-07 (12-3)
• More home wins (nine) than last two seasons combined (six)
• Best road record (8-5) since 2006-07 (9-7)
• More road wins (eight) than last six seasons combined (eight)
• Best non-conference record (7-5) since 1991-92 (8-5)
• More non-conference wins (seven) than last two seasons combined (five)
2013-14 (5-25, 3-15 MVC)
Stein's inaugural team at SIU went 5-25 after a slew of bad breaks left the team with only nine available players for the entire MVC schedule. Despite playing without three players who figured to be major contributors, including preseason All-MVC guard Cartaesha Macklin, Stein improved the team's field-goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, scoring defense, rebound margin, blocks and assist-to-turnover ratio from the season before. She improved the team's conference win total from one to three, including an upset over eventual MVC regular-season and tournament champion Wichita State. Stein helped turn Dyana Pierre into a budding star in the Valley. Pierre averaged 14.0 points and an MVC-best 9.6 rebounds as a sophomore and became the first SIU player to earn first-team All-MVC recognition since 2006. Pierre is just the second SIU player to earn first-team All-Conference recognition since 2000. Stein also used her platform to give back to the community. The team auctioned off game-worn jerseys to raise more than $4,000 for the Hope is Home Campaign, which is Southern Illinois Healthcare's campaign for a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility in southern Illinois. She also began an annual Donate Life event at an SIU women's basketball game, which helps spread awareness for organ donation and allows fans to sign up as organ donors at a game.
At Illinois Central College
Stein came to Carbondale after leading Illinois Central College to a 32-4 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA Division II national tournament during hr lone season at the school in 2012-13. Stein turned around an ICC team that went 16-16 the year before her arrival. Stein was named the NJCAA Region XX1V Coach of the Year following ICC's run.
Prior to ICC, Stein spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Missouri where she led the Tigers to 185 wins between 1998 and 2010. Stein inherited a Mizzou team that went 11-16 in 1997-98 and led the Tigers to a 22-10 record with a Sweet 16 run by her third year in 2000-01.
Stein's tenure at Mizzou saw the Tigers make seven total postseason appearances with three NCAA Tournament bids and four WNIT appearances. Stein's players at Mizzou earned a combined 24 All-Big 12 honors with four First-Team selections, and she coached five Tigers who were selected in the WNBA Draft. Additionally, Mizzou players earned a combined 46 Academic All-Big 12 honors under Stein's watch.
Following a 13-15 mark during her first season in Columbia, Mo., Stein's Tigers went 18-12 during the 1999-2000 season, marking the program's best record in seven seasons. The 1999-2000 Tigers also earned the program's first postseason berth since 1994 with a trip to the WNIT.
Stein's third year saw Mizzou go to historic heights as the 2000-01 Tigers posted their best record in 13 years and made a run to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. Following the season, Amanda Lassister became Mizzou's first-ever first-round WNBA Draft pick when she was selected 15th overall by the Houston Comets while fellow Tiger Marlena "Pep" Williams was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round.
Missouri ultimately made it to the postseason six-consecutive seasons with WNIT berths in 2001-02 and 2002-03 before capping the run with an NCAA Tournament berth in 2003-04. The Tigers also continued sending players into the professional ranks as three-time All-Big 12 selection Evan Unrau was selected in the third round of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
The 2005-06 season was another banner year for the program as the Tigers went 21-10 for their second 20-win season of Stein's tenure, and made it back to the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou had two more players selected in the WNBA draft following the 2005-06 season as LaToya Bond was selected by the Charlotte Sting in the second round and Christelle N'Garsanet was taken in the third.
The 2006-07 Tigers gave Stein her sixth postseason win at Mizzou with a victory in the opening round of the WNIT. Stein coached Mizzou to the most postseason appearances and postseason wins in program history.
At Emporia State
Stein spent three seasons as the head coach at Emporia State prior to Mizzou, turning the Hornets from a sub-.500 team into a Division II national title contender. After going 12-14 in her first season at ESU in 1995-96, the Hornets improved to 20-10 the following season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before going 33-1 and finishing as the national runner up in 1997-98.
The 1997-98 Hornets went 16-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, earning MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Championships in advance of the historic run to the NCAA Division II title game. Stein coached two-time All-Americans Aneta Kausaite and Jurgita Kausaite at Emporia State in addition to recruiting All-Americans Emily Bloss and Tara Holloway, who both went on to earn National Player of the Year honors. Aneta Kausaite eventually became the first-ever Division II player to play in the WNBA.
Following ESU's run to the 1997-98 title game, Stein was named the National Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Molten Division II Bulletin and the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. She was also selected as the 1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year and the District VI Coach of the Year.
Early Career/Playing Career
Prior to her head coaching experience, Stein was an assistant coach at Illinois (1993-95), Bradley (1988-1993), Cincinnati (1987-88) and Miami University (1986-87). Stein began her foray into coaching as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan from 1984-86.
Stein played collegiately at Illinois from 1981-83 after two years at Illinois Central College from 1979-81. Stein helped the Illini to the 1982 NCAA Tournament, and she still holds several Illinois assists records. A junior college All-American, Stein also helped ICC to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA national tournament.
Stein has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Illinois and a master's degree in physical education from Central Michigan.
|Cindy Stein's Record|
|1995-96||Emporia State||12-14||6-10 MIAA|
|1996-97||Emporia State||20-10||11-7 MIAA||NCAA DII 2nd Round|
|1997-98||Emporia State||33-1||16-0 MIAA||MIAA Reg. Season & Tourn. Champions, NCAA DII Runner-up|
|1998-99||Missouri||13-15||5-11 Big 12|
|1999-2000||Missouri||18-12||7-9 Big 12||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2000-01||Missouri||22-10||10-6 Big 12||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2001-02||Missouri||14-15||5-11 Big 12||WNIT 1st Round|
|2002-03||Missouri||17-14||9-7 Big 12||WNIT Quarterfinals|
|2003-04||Missouri||17-13||7-9 Big 12||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004-05||Missouri||11-18||4-11 Big 12|
|2005-06||Missouri||21-10||10-6 Big 12||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006-07||Missouri||17-14||5-11 Big 12||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2007-08||Missouri||10-21||4-12 Big 12|
|2008-09||Missouri||13-17||4-12 Big 12|
|2009-10||Missouri||12-18||2-14 Big 12|
|2012-13||Illinois Central College||32-4||District/Region Champions, NJCAA DII 3rd Place|
|2013-14||Southern Illinois||5-25||3-15 MVC|
|2014-15||Southern Illinois||17-13||10-8 MVC|