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    Jan. 18, 2012

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's basketball hosts Missouri State Thursday night, looking to end a five-game losing streak to the Lady Bears.

    GAME INFORMATION
    Date: Thursday, Jan. 19
    Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Carbondale, Ill.
    Site: SIU Arena (8,331)

    Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
    Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    TEAM FACTS
    Southern Illinois Salukis (3-13, 0-6 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (177-135 overall, 10-65 at SIU)
    Missouri State Lady Bears (10-5, 3-2 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Nyla Milleson, Fifth Year (262-102 overall, 77-66 at MSU)

    SIU VS. MISSOURI STATE
    Southern trails its all-time series with Missouri State 40-25 with the Lady Bears winning the last five matchups. MSU fell to Missouri Valley Conference leader Wichita State Saturday in Wichita to fall into a tie for fourth in the Valley standings entering the week. The Bears are led by preseason All-MVC selection and 2010 Valley Player of the Year Casey Garrison. Garrison ranks second in the league with a scoring average of 18.1 points per game and leads the Valley with an average of 4.5 assists per game. Fellow preseason All-MVC pick Christiana Shorter ranks second on the team with an average of 13.0 points per game to go along with a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game. Jaleshia Roberson rounds out MSU's top scorers with an average of 11.9 points per game. The Bears boast the top scoring average in the Valley at 72.9 points per game.


     

     

    CREIGHTON HOLDS OFF SALUKIS 66-59
    Timely shooting late in the game helped Creighton survive SIU'S late push in a seven-point Bluejay victory Saturday in Omaha, Neb. Crieghton hit three 3-pointers to spark a 9-2 run and give the Bluejays a 60-48 lead with 4:08 to play. Southern resorted to fouling late and Creighton hit five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold off the Salukis. Cartaesha Macklin led a balanced SIU scoring attack with 12 points while Ariel Haynes chipped in 10 and Teri Oliver added eight. Ten players registered in the scoring column for the Salukis. Alexus Patterson led the Southern in rebounding with 11 boards.

    OLIVER NEARS 1,000 POINTS
    SIU junior guard Teri Oliver stands just nine points shy of her 1,000th career point. The Kokomo, Ind., native ranks third in the MVC with an average of 17.1 points per game, but a thumb injury on her shooting hand has slowed her scoring average to 12.5 points per game in MVC play. Oliver will become the 21st player in SIU's 1,000-point club.

    SOUTHERN'S DYNAMIC DUO
    SIU has two of the top four scorers in the MVC in guards Teri Oliver and Cartaesha Macklin. Oliver ranks third in the MVC with an average of 17.1 points per game and Macklin ranks fourth in the Valley at 15.8 points per game. Oliver ranks ninth nationally with an average of 3.1 made 3-pointers per game. The leading scorer among Valley newcomers, Macklin ranks eighth in the conference with a free throw percentage of 76.7 percent and has made it to the line an MVC-leading 136 times.

    SALUKIS WELCOME WASHINGTON
    SIU welcomed signee Azia Washington to Carbondale last Monday for her first practices with the team. Washington signed her National Letter of Intent in November, but completed her graduation requirements early and enrolled at SIU for the spring semester. The 6-foot forward plans to redshirt this season.

    A STREAK WORTH ENDING
    Southern's loss to Creighton Saturday marked the Salukis' 24th-consecutive loss in MVC play, tying a record set by Bradley from 1999 to 2000. SIU looks to avoid holding the record outright against Missouri State.

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