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 (Redshirt Senior Season)
Earned First-Team All-MVC honors during her senior campaign in which she led the MVC in free throw percentage (.898) in addition to ranking fifth in assists with an average of 3.5 per game … Ends her career ranked first in program history in points (1,779), free throws made (465), games played (131) and minutes played (4,088) … Also ends her career in the top-10 in five other statistical categories, including second in both career assists (486) and free throw attempts (603), fourth in field goals made (608), sixth in free throw percentage (.771) and eighth in steals (164) … Her 627 career rebounds are the 13th-most in Saluki history … Ranks 17th in Missouri Valley Conference history in scoring, 14th in assists, and is one of only 10 in Valley history to attempt 600 or more free throws in a career … First Saluki to ever play 4,000 or more career minutes … The ninth Saluki to tally 1,000 career points, 200 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals … The 16th Saluki to score over 1,000 career points and grab 500 or more rebounds … First Saluki to ever amass 1,500 career points, 400 assists and 500 rebounds in a career … Made 24 straight free throws, the longest streak for a Saluki since 2003 … Finished second in the nation in free throw percentage, making 90.5% of her attempts.
2013-14 (Junior Season)
Voted Preseason All-MVC ... Started and played in seven games, averaging 10.3 points and 2.6 rebounds ... Redshirted.
2012-13 (Sophomore Season)
Honorable Mention All-MVC
Started in all 31 games for the Salukis • led SIU in minutes played with 1002 for an average of 32.3 per game • led the team and ranked second in the MVC with an average of 15.0 points per game • scored 465 points for the season, which ranks 10th in SIU history for a single season • scored a career-best 34 points against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 24), which ranks fifth in SIU history for a single game • named to the UM Thanksgiving Tournament All-Tournament Team • scored 32 points in SIU's MVC Tournament overtime win over Evansville (March 14) which is a St. Charles tournament record • made a career-best 11 field goals against Evansville (March 14) • scored in double figures in 25 games with six games of 20 or more • made 121 free throws, which ranks third in SIU history for a single season • attempted 178 free throws, which ranks fourth in SIU history for a single season • matched a career-high with 12 made free throws against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 24), which is tied for third in SIU history for a single game • attempted a career-high 15 free throws against Chicago State (Dec. 29) which is tied for fourth in SIU history for a single game • matched a career-high with three 3-pointers on two occasions • attempted a career-high seven 3-pointers at Murray State (Dec. 1) • became the first Saluki to lead the MVC in assists average with 4.2 per game • ranked second in the MVC with 130 assists for the season, which is tied for 10th in SIU history for a single season • posted a career-best 10 assists two times • became the first Saluki to ever post multiple points-assists double-doubles in a single season • also led SIU in steals (42) and was third in rebounding (128) and blocks (10) • posted a career-high seven steals against Evansville (Feb. 9) • blocked a career-high three shots at Missouri State (Feb. 21).
2011-12 (Freshman Season)
MVC Freshman of the Year
Honorable Mention All-MVC
MVC All-Freshman Team
Came off the bench in SIU's first two games before starting the remaining 28 games • led SIU and ranked second in the MVC in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game, which ranked sixth nationally among freshmen • broke SIU's freshman scoring record with 495 points, which ranks sixth in SIU history for a single season • combined with Teri Oliver to score 976 points, which is the second-highest scoring tandem in SIU history • scored a season-best 27 points against IUPUI (Dec. 8) • scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games with a team-leading 10 games of 20 points or more • led the team and ranked fifth in the MVC with an average of 3.6 assists per game • dished out a season-best nine assists against Missouri State (Feb. 19) • ranked second on the team with an average of 5.9 rebounds per game • led the team with 78 offensive rebounds • posted three double-doubles in scoring and rebounding • broke SIU's record for free throws made and attempted in a season after going 168-for-217 from the charity stripe • her .774 free throw percentage ranked ninth in the MVC and was the team's best among players with more than 10 attempts • ranked second on the team with 40 steals.
At Lafayette High School
Named a PARADE All-American and a two-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz • averaged 29.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game during senior season, leading the Hornets to the Florida Class 2A state championship semifinals • broke her school's single-season scoring record with 849 points in 2010-11, bringing her career scoring total to 2,556 points • named First-Team All-State all four years of high school, having led the Hornets to the state tournament three out of four years • named Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 2A Player of the Year • named Gainesville Sun Girls Basketball Player of the Year • scored 44 points and pulled down 25 rebounds against Santa Fe High School • had two triple doubles during senior season -- 31 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against Suwannee High School and 38 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds against Maclay High School • was also a standout on the Lafayette softball and volleyball teams.
Full name is Cartaesha Leighann Macklin • major is speech communication • daughter of Tony Macklin and Carla Nessmith • has seven siblings • born Nov. 18, 1992.