Jan. 18, 2012
By Bill Ford
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.
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
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.
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.