Jan. 23, 2010
By Shalae Patrick
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Christine Presswood and Teri Oliver combined for 37 of SIU's 51 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Indiana State at home, falling in Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday afternoon at the Hulman Center, 63-51.
After the Salukis posted a four-point run to start the game, the Sycamores answered with a 14-point run. Indiana State would extend their lead to as many as 15 with just under four minutes to play in the first half before Southern would pull within six at the break, 35-29.
The Sycamores extended their largest lead of the game to 19 with just under four minutes left to play, 59-40, before the Salukis went on an 11-3 run to end the game and pull within 12.
Presswood added three rebounds and a block to go with her game-high 20 points, while Oliver pitched in four boards and a steal to add to her 17 points. Katrina Swingler and Latoya Hambrick led the Salukis with seven boards each.
"To be honest with you I didn't even recognize us today," Saluki head coach Missy Tiber said. "From the beginning of the game, we were doing things I hadn't seen for months. We're going back to turning the ball over and from the begnning of the game we were settling for one-on-one play. You can't turn the ball over 22 times on the road and think you are going to win."
INS scored 27 points off of SIU's 22 turnovers and outscored the Salukis in the paint 26-to-10.
Indiana State's bench out-scored Southern's 19-to-4, led by Brittany Schoen with 17 points, 5-of-10 from the 3-point line. Kelsie Cooley added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Sycamores.
SIU extended its road losing steak to 21 games dating back to Dec. 16, 2008.