Carlie Corrigan led SIU with nine points.
Feb. 14, 2014
By John Lock
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Southern Illinois women's basketball team lost to Indiana State on Friday evening at the Hulman Center, 72-35. The Saluki offense never got going and narrowly avoided a 39-year-old school record for fewest points in a game.
The Salukis started the game well defensively, forcing five Indiana State turnovers in the first five minutes. Southern tied the game at nine points apiece at the 14:45 mark of the first half before the offense stalled. SIU went the next 10 minutes without scoring and 12 minutes without a field goal, allowing the Sycamores to go on a 21-2 run.
"Indiana State did a good job of putting pressure on our guards," head coach Cindy Stein said. "We rebounded from that, but then we just couldn't hit a shot. We shot 29 percent in the first half. I was hoping we couldn't shoot worse than that in the second half, but, obviously, we did."
The SIU defense was strong in the second half, holding the Sycamores to under 40 percent shooting for the majority of the half, but the Southern offense still never got going. SIU shot just 27 percent for the game, which included a 5-for-21 mark in the second half. A Carlie Corrigan 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds left in the game saved the squad from breaking a school record from 1975 for fewest points in a game.
The offensive woes led to another lopsided loss for Southern. Though the Salukis came into the game ranked in the top half of the MVC in both field goal percentage defense and rebounding margin, they have failed to crack 60 points in seven of the last eight games and lost all seven of those games.
Pierre had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night. Coming into the game as a 50 percent shooter, Pierre was held to 2-for-11 shooting, with several shots rolling around the rim before falling out. Pierre, who came into the game third in the conference in blocks, picked up two more to tie Amy Rakers' 1990-91 season for fourth on the single-season block list with 38.
After a sudden snowstorm blew into Terre Haute, officials had difficulty traveling to the arena. The game started with two officials before the third member of the crew arrived with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
Southern Illinois travels to Normal, Ill., to take on Illinois State on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. CST.