Freshman center Dyana Pierre
Nov. 29, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team's late-game charge wasn't enough to overcome Amanda Hyde and IPFW in a 78-65 loss to the Mastodons Thursday at SIU Arena.
The Salukis (0-5) couldn't find a way to stop Hyde, who poured in a school record-tying 43 points for IPFW (3-3).
"If our kids would really have a sense of pride on every single possession on the defensive end of the court, then we will really start moving the program forward," said SIU head coach Missy Tiber. "Letting a kid score 43 points -- it's discouraging."
IPFW led the entire game as the Salukis got off to a cold start shooting the ball. Southern trailed 41-24 at the half after shooting 30 percent from the floor (9-for-30), including 15.4 percent from the 3-point line (2-for-13) in the opening period.
"We had a lot of wide open shots that I know we are capable of making, we just didn't make them in the first half," Tiber said.
The Mastodons didn't have any such issues, nailing 17-of-36 shots in the first half for a 47.2 percent clip.
Southern's offense picked up in the second half as the Salukis out-scored IPFW 41-37 after the break. Trailing as much as 23 with 13 minutes remaining, SIU rallied to cut the Mastodon lead to seven at 68-61 with 4:08 to play.
Hyde put a quick end to the Salukis' hopes of a comeback, driving to the basket and drawing fouls on the next two possessions and coolly nailing four free throws to put IPFW's lead back at double figures. Hyde ultimately scored the Mastodons' last 10 points.
"Stopping the dribble penetration is our biggest issue," Tiber said. "We don't stop it. It forces us to help on defense and they get little easy jump shots that they can hit."
The inside play of freshmen Dyana Pierre and Azia Washington highlighted the day for the Salukis, especially in the second half. Pierre finished the game with career highs of 16 points and 19 rebounds while Washington added a career-best 14 points.
"I was pretty pleased with our post play," Tiber said. "Dyana and Azia both had good games. I thought they battled really well."
SIU is back in action Saturday as the Salukis travel to Murray State.