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.
Photos from the 2015 SIU Women's Basketball Awards Banquet from April 12, 2015
Photos from the MVC WBB Awards Program, 3.12.15
SIU WBB vs. UNI, MVC Quarterfinals
Photos by Lewis Marien
Photos courtesy of Lewis Marien.
2014-15 (Junior Season)
MVC All-Defensive Team
2x MVC Player of the Week (Dec. 1, Feb. 9)
First-Team All-MVC...Along with Rishonda Napier, the duo were SIU's first First-Team tandem since 1995-96 (Nikki Gilmore, Kasia McClendon)...Became the third-ever repeat MVC First-Team honoree at SIU, joining Nikki Gilmore (1994-96) and Kasia McClendon (1996-97)...Including the Gateway (1982-92), Pierre is the sixth-ever repeater in SIU history...Third Saluki female to ever be named to the MVC All-Defensive team...Was the only MVC player to average a double-double on the season at 14.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game...Scored a career-high 423 points...Broke the school record in both total rebounds (341) and rebounding average (11.8)...Led the Valley in field goal percentage at .554 (175-of-316), the 16th-best in the NCAA...Her 11.8 rebounds per game ranked 8th-best in the NCAA...Became the 23rd Saluki to score 1,000 points in a career...Played and started in 29 games (31.9 minutes per game)...Also averaged 1.3 blocks and 1.0 asissts per game...Currently at 1,080 career points, which ranks 22nd all-time...Jumped into SIU's all-time top-five in rebounds in fifth place at 905 (all-time record is 1,014)...One of only five Saluki females in the 1,000-900 club...Recorded 16 double-doubles to push her career total to 37...Her 37 career double-doubles now ranks third in MVC history (dating to 1993) and second in SIU history (in available records)...Scored in double-digits 20 times, and scored 20 or more points on six different occassions...Recorded only the fifth-ever 20-20 game at SIU via available records on Feb. 8 vs. UNI at home, where she scored 26 points and recorded 21 rebounds...Nearly repeated the feat against UNI in the first round of the MVC Tournament, where she scored 18 points and 21 rebounds...Those 21 rebounds are the third-most in Valley Tournament history by a single player...Helped SIU break the MVC Tournament single-game team rebounding record with 57 team rebounds...Went 14-of-14 from the field against Murray State at home on Dec. 16, breaking Connie Price-Smith's 1982-83 school record 12-of-12 performance...Her perfect 14-of-14 outing was the seventh-such performance in the history of the NCAA in field goals without a miss, the first since 2002...Recorded six straight double-doubles for the first time in her career to help facilitate a six-game Saluki winning streak -- the longest since 2006-07...Ranked ninth in the MVC in scoring (14.6 PPG), first in rebounding (11.8/game), first in field goal percentage (.554), fourth in blocks (1.3/game), 1st in offensive rebounds (4.3/game) and second in defensive rebounds (7.4/game)...In MVC-only play, ranked eighth in scoring (14.4 PPG), first in rebounding (11.6/game), first in field goal percentage (.561), fifth in blocks (1.4/game), first in offensive rebounds (4.5/game) and second in defensive rebounds (7.1/game)...Named Team MVP...Other team awards included Rebounding Award and Non-Conference Points Leader.
2013-14 (Sophomore Season)
First-team All-MVC selection, the program's first first-team selection in seven years and second since 2000 ... Earned MVC Player of the Week honors after averaging 25.0 points and 16.5 rebounds against Missouri State (2/27) and Wichita State (3/1) ... Led the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throws, field-goal percentage and minutes. OVERALL MVC RANKINGS: First in rebounding (9.6), first in offensive rebounding (4.2), first in double-doubles (12), first in 10+ rebound games (14), third in blocked shots (1.5), fourth in defensive rebounding (5.4), fifth in field-goal percentage (.491), ninth in scoring (14.0), and 10th in minutes played (31.6). MVC-ONLY RANKINGS: First in rebounding (9.8), first in offensive rebounding (4.5), fourth in blocks (1.4), fifth in defensive rebounding (5.3), sixth in field-goal percentage (.500) and eighth in scoring (14.5). SIU SINGLE-SEASON HISTORY: Third in blocks (44) and sixth in rebounds (287).
2012-13 (Freshman Season)
Saw action in all 31 games, making 27 starts • led the MVC in rebounding with an average of 8.9 per game • became one of three freshman to lead the MVC in rebounding and the first since Wichita State's Angela Buckner in 2001 • her 277 rebounds ranks tied for sixth in SIU history for a single season • had 13 games with double-figures rebounding, including a season-high 19 against IPFW (Nov. 29), which ties SIU's 10th-highest single game total • ranked third on the team with an average of 7.7 points per game • scored a season-high 18 points vs. Missouri State (Jan. 27) • led SIU with nine double-doubles • also ranked second in the MVC with an average of 1.2 blocks per game • her 36 blocks ranks fourth in SIU history for a single season • blocked a season-high five shots at Loyola Chicago (Nov. 17), which is tied for the eighth-highest single-game total in SIU history • also posted 23 assists and 20 steals.
2011-12 (Redshirt Season)
Sat out season after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason.
At Lincoln Park Academy
Ranked a three-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz • named first-team all-conference sophomore, junior and senior seasons • finished with 1,298 career points • averaged 17.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game during her senior season, helping the Greyhounds to the Florida Class 4A regional semifinal • broke a school record with a 24-rebound game • named all-area by both the Scripps Treasure Coast and Palm Beach Post newspapers following senior season.
Full name is Dyana Pierre • major is exercise science • daughter of Luc and Monique Pierre • has two brothers and four sisters • born Aug. 5, 1993.