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    Feb. 2, 2013

    Box Score

    By Bill Ford

    PEORIA, Ill.— The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team closed the first half of Missouri Valley Conference play at 1-8 after suffering a 90-48 loss Saturday afternoon at Bradley.

    The Braves (9-11, 3-6 MVC) dominated the opening 26 minutes of the game, and the Salukis (4-16, 1-8 MVC) couldn’t muster enough firepower to battle back. Bradley took a 54-20 lead into halftime and extended the margin to 49 points with 13:52 remaining in the game before settling on the 42-point win.

    “We tried basically every defensive thing besides pressing,” said SIU interim head coach Adrianne Harlow. “We played zone, we played man. We just don’t have a real buy-in to stop anybody. We just want to play on one end of the court.”

    The two teams traded baskets through the opening five minutes of the game before BU opened up a double-digit lead with a 20-3 run over the ensuing eight minutes to go up 35-12 with 8:15 left in the half. The Braves continued their dominant tear in the final eight minutes, out-scoring the Salukis 19-8 to close the half.

    SIU struggled to a 25.8 percent shooting clip in the first half (8-for-31), including going 1-for-11 from 3-point range (9.1 percent).

    “We just couldn’t keep up with them scoring-wise. We had tons and tons of open shots, we just couldn’t find the basket today,” Harlow said. “We had 38, 40 percent shooters wide open with literally no one by them. I don’t know that you can turn those down every time. You’ve got to hit a shot at some point.”

    Southern’s two biggest recurring troubles throughout the season — turnovers and troubles rebounding — continued to plague the Salukis against Bradley. The Braves scored 15 points off 13 SIU turnovers in the first half and also had 14 second-chance points after pulling down 10 offensive rebounds in the opening frame.



    The Braves continued the route out of the break, out-scoring the Salukis 17-2 in the first four minutes of the half to take their biggest lead of the night at 71-22. The Salukis responded with some better play in the remainder of the game, out-scoring the Braves 26-19 in the remaining 16 minutes.

    Rishonda Napier led SIU with 13 points while Cartaesha Macklin and Jordyn Courier both added eight points and Alexus Patterson chipped in nine rebounds. Six Bradley player scored in double figures.

    SIU opens the second half of MVC play against Evansville February 9 at SIU Arena in what will be Southern’s annual Pink Out game.