Women's Basketball Wraps Up Exhibition Play with 81-63 Win Over Hungary




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    Nov. 16, 2002

    Box Score

    Carbondale, Ill. - Southern Illinois University connected on a near-perfect 8-of-9 (.889) three-pointers en route to a 81-63 exhibition win over Hungary earlier tonight at SIU Arena. Molly McDowell, who shot a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, led all Saluki scorers with 21 points.

    McDowell, however, wasn't the only one knocking down threes as Dana Pinkston (3-of-3) and Danette Jones (2-of-3) each added two or more.

    SIU shot a blistering 59 percent (17-of-29) from the field to go along with a scorching 86 percent (6-of-7) from three-point land in the first half alone, as the Salukis built a 43-37 halftime lead.

    Up by 11 (62-51) with 9:31 left to play in the game, SIU used a 14-3 run to blow the game wide open. McDowell (4) and Katie Berwanger (5) led the charge as the duo accounted for nine of the 14 points that gave the Dawgs a commanding 76-54 advantage with 4:18 remaining.

    Hungary, who could only cut the SIU lead to 17 (80-63), did not recover from the late threat, as the Salukis went on to post the 81-63 win.

    In addition to her 7-of-12 field goals, McDowell grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and gathered two steals to cap off the impressive outing.

    Four others, including Berwanger (16), Pinkston (13), Tiffany Crutcher (11) and Jones (10) also posted double figures to round out the Dawgs' balanced attack.

    Berwanger hit 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-6 from the free throw line, while Pinkston pitched in 5-of-6 field goals to go along with a team-leading nine assists. Meanwhile, Crutcher (4-of-6) and Jones (4-of-7) netted four field goals apiece.

    SIU's solid 52 percent (30-of-58) from the field was partly due to the Saluki backcourt as guards McDowell, Pinkston and Hillary Phillips (1-of-2) combined for a 13-of-20 (.650) shooting display.

     

     

    Hungary was led by Judit Izsak who posted 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

    SIU will open its 2002-03 season on Saturday, Nov. 23 when it hosts DePaul at 5:05 p.m.

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