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
SIU WBB vs. UNI, MVC Quarterfinals
Photos from Senior Day vs. Illinois State; March 7, 2015
Photos by Lewis Marien
Photos courtesy of Lewis Marien.
2014-15 (Junior Season)
One of two Salukis to play and start in all 30 games...Averaged 29.0 minutes per game...Scored a career-high 310 points, with the third-best average on the team at 10.3 points per game...Also pulled in a career-high 216 rebounds (7.2/game)...Shot .428 from the field (122-of-285) and .406 from three (26-of-64)...Only had two three-point field goals entering the season; finished third on the team with 26...Ranked 25th in the Valley at 10.3 PPG, seventh in rebounding (7.2/game), 12th in field goal percentage (.428), tied for ninth in offensive rebounds (2.2/game)...Scored in double-digits in 17 of 30 games...Made multiple three-pointers in seven games, including two games with three or more...Recorded six double-doubles, pushing her career total to eight...Currently at 780 points and 583 rebounds in her Saluki career...One of two active Salukis in the 700-500 club, and one of only 17 ever in SIU history...Co-winner of the team Most Improved Award.
2013-14 (Sophomore Season)
Played in all 30 games, starting 28 ... Ranked second on the team in scoring (9.6) and rebounding (6.8) ... Posted career-high 27 points and 15 rebounds in double-overtime win vs. Bradley ... Scored 289 points (9.6 per game) and grabbed 205 rebounds (6.8 per game) ... Also posted nine assists, blocked 16 shots and grabbed 29 steals. OVERALL MVC RANKINGS: Seventh in defensive rebounding (5.0), ninth in rebounding (6.8) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.457). MVC-ONLY RANKINGS: 10th in rebounding (6.5 per game).
2012-13 (Freshman Season)
Saw action in 31 games, making 16 starts • averaged 5.8 points per game and ranked second on the team with an average of 5.2 rebounds per game • had her best game of the season with season-highs of 17 points and 17 rebounds against Chicago State (Dec. 29) • named MVC Newcomer of the Week Dec. 31 following the Chicago State game • led the team with a .409 field goal percentage • scored in double figures in six games • also had a 14-rebound game against Drake (Jan. 5) • also had 28 steals and 20 assists.
At Blue Springs High School
Named All-State following junior season after leading Blue Springs to a 29-3 record and a state runner-up finish • ranked 71st overall and 12th among power forwards by the Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report • ranked a three-star recruit as the 58th-best prospect at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Full name is Azia E. Washington • Majoring in journalism-advertising and minoring in marketing • daughter of Paul and Monty Washington • born Dec. 22, 1993 • has one sister, Ariana, and one brother, Aaron.