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Stephany Neptune enters her second year as a graduate assistant with the Southern Illinois women's basketball team.
The former Saluki guard/forward returns to Carbondale after a recent stint playing professionally overseas. Neptune played one season at Southern after transferring from Tusculum College to follow SIU head coach Missy Tiber.
Perhaps the most versatile player to ever don the Saluki maroon, Neptune's made a huge imprint during her lone year in Carbondale. She became the first Saluki to finish in the top six of SIU's single-season rankings in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Neptune was named Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference after averaging 11.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Neptune ranks second in SIU history for rebounds in a season (317), fifth in blocks (35) and steals (71) and sixth in assists (145). She broke the SIU record for rebounds in a game with 28 against Murray State on Dec. 19, 2009.
Prior to SIU, Neptune averaged 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks in three seasons at Tusculum. She was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference first-team pick and was named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention following her sophomore season. Neptune ranks in the top five in Tusculum history in rebounds (935), blocks (141) and field goal percentage (.506).
A native of New York, N.Y., Neptune graduated from Tusculum with an accounting degree in 2009 and is pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology at SIU.