Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin
Feb. 21, 2013
By Bill Ford
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team held off every Missouri State run except the last one in an 81-74 loss to the Lady Bears Thursday night at JQH Arena.
The Salukis (4-20, 1-12 MVC) led for a majority of the night, bouncing back on five occasions after MSU (13-13, 5-9 MVC) pulled ahead. Southern couldn’t answer late in the game, however, when the Bears tied the game at 68-68 with four minutes to play and out-scored SIU 13-6 the rest of the way.
“It is just one or two things every time that we just have to finish,” said SIU interim head coach Adrianne Harlow. “It’s unfortunate. They really did play hard and I want for them to win and to be rewarded for what they are doing,”
Southern started the game strong, pulling out to an 18-11 lead five and-a-half minutes into the game. The Salukis found some opportunities out of the press and spread the ball out for scoring chances both inside and outside.
The Bears slowly battled back to take a two-point lead twice before the half ended, but SIU responded both times with quick runs to take the lead back. The Salukis went into halftime up 37-35.
MSU came out of the break on a 5-0 run to pull back ahead, and the two teams traded the lead four times in the opening five minutes of the second period before SIU used an 12-3 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 64-55 with 8:06 to play.
The Bears responded with an 8-0 run of their own to quickly cut the margin to one point with 5:44 to play. SIU held off the hosts until Tyonna Snow tied the game at 68-68 with a pair of free throws, and hit another free throw 20 seconds later to give MSU back the lead for good.
In what was perhaps the most crucial exchange of the game, MSU grabbed two offensive rebounds in one possession followed by Whitney Edie’s 3-point play to give the Bears their first two-possession lead of the night at 72-68 with 2:54 left. SIU struggled to find open looks for the remainder of the game, and continued putting MSU on the free throw line, where the Bears finished 30-for-43 for the night.
Dyana Pierre posted a career-high 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds to lead SIU while Cartaesha Macklin added 15 points and eight assists. Also for the Salukis, Jordyn Courier added 14 points and Rishonda Napier and Azia Washington both scored 10 points.
Tyonna Snow led the Lady Bears with 29 points, including a 18-for-26 performance from the free throw line.
The Salukis head to league-leader Wichita State Saturday night to close out a two-game road swing.