Southern Illinois Falls to Missouri State

    Dyana Pierre joined the 500-point club in the first half.

    Dyana Pierre joined the 500-point club in the first half.
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    Feb. 2, 2014

    By John Lock

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Southern Illinois women's basketball team lost to Missouri State on Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena, 76-58, in front of 3,023. Missouri State went on a 30-7 run that bridged halftime to take control of the game.

    "It was a struggle for us," head coach Cindy Stein said. "We have to continue to fight to put two hard-fought games together. We're a team that's young on our process."

    The Salukis (4-16, 2-7 MVC) actually shot 50 percent from the field--the best of the season and first time the program has shot 50 percent or better since the 2011-12 season, but Southern Illinois struggled against the Bears' pressure throughout the game and ended up committing 29 turnovers, compared to just 14 for the Bears. At one point, the turnover discrepancy was 23-3 in favor of Missouri State.

    "We're getting better at times, but today I was disappointed in our play, especially the turnovers," Stein said. "Turnovers are the name of the game, and they scored way too many points off our turnovers."

    Azia Washington came off the bench for the first time this year and responded with a 12-point, eight-rebound game. Washington was limited to only 17 minutes in a tightly officiated game that saw the two teams combine for 48 fouls. The Salukis, with nine available players, felt the effects more than the Bears, who played a 12-player rotation. Mercedes Griffin, Ariel Haynes and Azia Washington all battled foul trouble.



    Southern's 3-point defense, which came into the game as the third-best in the conference, allowed Missouri State to shoot 43 percent from deep.

    Dyana Pierre scored the 500th point of her career early in the first half. Pierre totaled four points and five rebounds on the night and is the second member of the roster to join the 500-point club, joining Cartaesha Macklin, who has 1,031 points.

    Mercedes Griffin swiped two steals on the day, recording more than one steal for the seventh time in the last eight games. Kim Nebo scored a career-high 10 points, and Sidney Goins added nine points and five rebounds.

    The Salukis return to SIU Arena next weekend for games against Northern Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Drake on Saturday, Feb. 8.