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 from Senior Day vs. Illinois State; March 7, 2015
Photos by Lewis Marien
2014-15 (Redshirt Sophomore Season)
Second-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete
First-Team All-MVC...Along with fellow first-teamer Dyana Pierre, the duo were SIU's first multiple first-team honorees since 1995-96 (Nikki Gilmore and Kasia McClendon)...Second-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete, becoming SIU's first to earn higher than Honorable Mention since Erica Smith in 20008-09...Only the second Saluki in women's basketball history to earn First-Team distinction and Scholar-Athlete honors in the same season (the last being Kelly Firth in 1992-93)...Started and played in 27 games (33.9 minutes per)...Missed three games due to a dislocated shoulder suffered at home vs. Evansville on Jan. 18...Led SIU in scoring with 438 points (16.2/game)...Scored in double-digits in 23 of her 27 games played, including her first 15 games to start the year...Scored 20 or more points in 10 of her 27 games...Shot .382 from the field (149-of-390)...Led SIU with 60 three-pointers (.366), the 9th-most in a single-season in SIU history...Led SIU and the MVC with an .870 clip from the free throw line (80-of-92), the 18th-best in the NCAA in 2014-15...That .870 free throw percentage is also the second-best in SIU single-season history...Also recorded 94 rebounds (3.5/game), 90 assists (3.3/game) and 36 steals (1.3/game)...In the Valley ranks, she was fourth in scoring (16.2 PPG), fourth in assists (3.3/game), first in free throw percentage by 19 points (.870), seventh in three-point percentage (.366), fourth in three-pointers made (2.2/game), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and sixth in minutes played (33.9/game)...In conference-only play, she ranked fifth in scoring (16.1 PPG), fourth in assists (3.5/game), first in free throw percentage by 48 points (.894, 59-of-66), fifth in three-pointers made (2.2/game), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and fifth in minutes played (35.1/game)...Scored a career-high 30 points in SIU's upset win over Drake at SIU Arena on Feb. 6...Posted other career highs in assists (8, at Indiana State, Feb. 15), steals (6, at Indiana State, Feb. 15), blocks (1, vs. UNI, March 13), field goals made (9, vs. Drake, Feb. 6), field goals attempted (21, vs. Drake, Feb. 6), threes attempted (13, vs. Drake, Feb. 6), free throws made (11, at Illinois State, Jan. 4), free throws attempted (13, at Illinois State, Jan. 4) and minutes played (42, at Loyola, March 1)...Now one of 32 Salukis to ever score 800 points, currently at 813 (13.1/game)...Ranks fifth all-time in threes made with 121.
2013-14 (Sophomore Season)
Played in five games, starting four ... Averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists ... Redshirted.
2012-13 (Freshman Season)
MVC All-Freshman Team
Saw action in 30 games, making 26 starts • ranked second on the team in minutes (958) for an average of 31.9 per game • ranked second on the team with an average of 11.3 points per game • scored 339 points for the season, which ranks seventh in SIU history among freshmen • scored a season-high 23 points against Wichita State (Jan. 25) • named MVC Freshman of the Week Jan. 28 • scored in double figures in 18 games with four games of 20 points or more • led SIU with 57 3-pointers made, which ranks ninth in SIU history for a single season • attempted 166 3-pointers, which ranks ninth in SIU history for a single season • made six 3-pointers against Wichita State, which is tied for fifth in SIU history for a single game • led SIU with a .800 free throw percentage • ranked second on the team with 75 assists and 37 steals.
At Bellarmine-Jefferson High School
Averaged 20.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a senior • earned First-Team All-State honors three times during high school career • named a McDonald's All-American nominee following senior season • helped Bell-Jeff to a California Division V State Championship during freshman season.
Full name is Rishonda Janell Napier • major is management • daughter of Richard and Clara Napier • has six siblings • born Feb. 1, 1994.