Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin.
Dec. 1, 2012
By Bill Ford
MURRAY, Ky.-- Turnovers and cold 3-point shooting cost the SIU women's basketball team in a 67-55 loss to Murray State Saturday night at the CFSB Center.
The Salukis (0-6) turned the ball over 20 times and connected on just six of 20 attempts from beyond the arc (30 percent) as the Racers (5-3) picked up their first win over SIU since 1988.
Southern hung with MSU through much of the first half until the Racers ended the half on a 7-0 run to take a 34-25 lead into the break. SIU head coach Missy Tiber said the Salukis had several chances to overtake the Racers in the first half, but couldn't convert their defense into offense.
"Defensively, I felt like we got some stops," Tiber said. "We had opportunities to get transition buckets, and we just didn't get them. That really hurt us from being able to extend when it was tied. We could have easily went up several baskets and we just didn't capitalize. "
The Salukis hit just one of nine 3-pointers in the first half while MSU's Mariah Robinson hit three on her own to score 14 of her game-high 23 points in the first period.
Matters didn't improve much for the Salukis out of the break. The Racers slowly built the lead to 21 points at the midpoint of the second half before a late Saluki run cut the final margin to 12 points.
Although SIU improved its 3-point shooting in the second half, making 5 of 11 after the break, Tiber said her team still couldn't get its transition game in gear.
"We gave up too many offensive rebounds, and that takes away our opportunities to play fast-break style," Tiber said. "We are not the greatest team in the half court set. We just need to be more consistent when we get stops. We have to score that ball in transition."
Murray State scored 21 points in the game off SIU turnovers and also scored 16 second-chance points.
SIU is back at SIU Arena Wednesday when the Salukis face another Ohio Valley Conference school in Southeast Missouri State.