Jan. 6, 2006
By Jeff Honza
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006
Tip Off: 2:05 p.m., CST
Site: SIU Arena (Carbondale, Ill.)
The Series: SIU leads, 37-10
Head Coaches: SIU: Dana Eikenberg (8-31, 2-19 MVC/2nd Year).
BU: Paula Buscher (67-84, 36-57 MVC/6th Year)
Radio Broadcast: WCIL 1020 AM
Audio Webcast: www.siusalukis.com
7 vs. 10
Southern Illinois remains home to host Bradley on Saturday at 2:05 p.m., CST. The Salukis, who are currently seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference, have dropped four of their last five games. BU, on the other hand, is last in the league and enters Saturday's matchup after losing five of its last six.
Going for Four
SIU looks for its fourth win at home Saturday against the Braves. The Salukis are currently 3-2 at SIU Arena after beating Weber State (55-48), South Alabama (82-61) and South Dakota State (75-59), and losing to Indiana (64-59) and Northern Iowa (59-48). SIU has gone the last eight years with losing records at home.
SIU Loses Valley Home Opener
SIU scored a season-low 48 points, and as a result, lost its MVC home opener, 59-48, against Northern Iowa Thursday. The Salukis and Panthers tipped off at 12:05 p.m., as part of a "field trip day" for southern Illinois area schools. SIU dropped to 14-9 all-time in Valley home openers.
SIU leads its overall series against Bradley, 37-10. Eight of the Salukis' 10 losses have come over the last five years. Since 2001, SIU has fallen in eight of its last nine meetings with the Braves.
Eikenberg Against Bradley
Dana Eikenberg is 0-4 against Bradley as a Division I head coach. Two of those losses came when Eikenberg coached at UMKC. In Eikenberg's SIU debut a year ago, the Braves beat the Salukis, 68-42, in Carbondale and, 70-60, in Peoria. BU was one of eight teams to sweep SIU in Valley play a year ago.
Defending the Trey
The Salukis lead the MVC in three-point field goal percentage defense after 12 games this season. SIU's opponents are averaging just 3.3 treys per game for a mere .279 (40-of-142) percentage. The Dawgs limited their first two conference opponents to a combined 4-of-27 effort from downtown. In conference play alone, opponents are shooting only 18.2 percent (6-of-33) against SIU from behind the arc.
After missing the last 10:15 of the Indiana State game due to a strained muscle in her right leg, Carlai Moore returned to the court Thursday against Northern Iowa. Moore led the Dawgs with 12 points in 34 minutes.
Six in a Row
Carlai Moore has led SIU in scoring for six-straight games. During that span, she has pitched in 23 or more points in three of those outings. Moore has made a boiling 65 percent (54-of-83) of her field goals and 86.4 percent (19-of-22) of her free throws en route to an average of 21.2 points per game in her last six contests. Moore is the first Saluki to lead her team in scoring for six consecutive games since Terica Hathaway was led the Dawgs in nine-straight games from Jan. 9-Feb. 6, 1999.
Battle of the Boards
SIU was outrebounded, 78-61, in its last two MVC games. The Dawgs were also manhandled, 25-9, on the offensive glass in those contests.
Opponents have averaged 31 points a game inside the paint in SIU's last two outings. Indiana State roughed up the Dawgs for a 38-18 mark underneath, while Northern Iowa outscored SIU, 24-12 down low.
About the Braves
Last-place Bradley comes to Carbondale on a three-game losing streak and winless in the Valley at 0-3. The Braves, who have dropped five of their last six games, are coming off a 71-57 loss at Evansville Thursday night. Devyn Flanagan (10.8 ppg) is the only Brave averaging double figures in the scoring column this season. BU has beat SIU in its last five trips to Carbondale. Four of those games were decided by 15 or more points.
SIU hits the road to face Missouri State and Wichita State next week. The Dawgs play at Missouri State on Jan. 12 at 7:05 p.m., before heading to Wichita State for a 2 p.m., tip on Jan. 14.