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    Jan. 18, 2013

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team travels to Illinois State Saturday for a game that will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

    Date: Saturday, January 19
    Time: 4:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Normal, Ill.
    Site: Redbird Arena (10,000)

    The Last Meeting
    Illinois State72
    Southern Illinois50
    March 3, 2012
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Illinois State tops Women's Basketball 72-50
    Illinois State's revamped second-half defense stymied the Southern Illinois women's basketball team in a 72-50 Redbird victory in Saturday's regular-season finale at SIU Arena.

    TV:Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN3 (outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), DirecTV (Channel 640), Dish Network (Channel 429).

    Radio: WVZA 105.1 FM
    Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-11, 1-3 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Fourth Year (186-155 overall, 19-85 at SIU)
    Illinois State Redbirds (11-6, 3-2 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Stephanie Glance, Third Year (54-30 overall and at ISU)

    Southern trails its all-time series with Illinois State 54-44. The Redbirds have won nine straight in the series with the last Saluki win coming March 6, 2008 in Normal, Ill. ISU enters Saturday’s game at 11-6 overall with a 3-2 record in MVC play. The Redbirds suffered their first home conference loss of the season Thursday, falling to Evansville 71-57. Jamie Russell led ISU with 24 points in the loss while Candace Sykes added 11 points and six rebounds and Janae Smith chipped in 10 points. Smith ranks second in the MVC in scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game and leads the Valley with an average of 9.1 rebounds per game. Sykes is second on the team with an average of 13.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Russell is close behind at 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.



    The Redbirds swept both matchups from the Salukis last season. ISU topped the Salukis 75-51 to open MVC play last year at Redbird Arena. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 18 points in the loss while Jordyn Courier added 12 points and Alexus Patterson posted 14 rebounds. Jamie Russell led four Redbirds in double figures with 19 points to go along with nine rebounds. Southern jumped out to a 23-9 lead on ISU’s return trip to Carbondale, but the Redbirds fought back to take a 35-34 halftime lead and dominated in the second half for a 72-50 win. Macklin had 18 points to lead SIU while Russell led the Redbirds with 19 points.

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks third in the MVC with an average of 14.9 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 10.5 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre ranks second in the MVC in rebounding and blocks at 8.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Macklin leads the Salukis and ranks third in the Valley with an average of 4.1 assists per game.

    Rebounding struggles cost the Salukis in a 72-57 loss to Indiana State Thursday night in Terre Haute, Ind. ISU scored 20 second-chance points off 23 offensive rebounds as well as scoring 20 points of 19 Saluki turnovers. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 17 points and five assists while Jameeka Bouie added 12 points and Jordyn Courier scored nine. Racheal Mahan led ISU with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    Just halfway through her sophomore season, guard Cartaesha Macklin already sits ninth in SIU history for career free throws made with 233 and she is just three shy of entering the top 10 in school history for free throw attempts at 315. Macklin has scored roughly a third of her 718 career points thus far from the free throw line. Macklin broke the SIU single season record for free throws made and attempted last season after going 168 for 217 from the line.

    Saluki junior Jordyn Courier hit five 3-pointers in back-to-back games for SIU against Drake and Evansville, becoming first Saluki to accomplish that feat since Christine Presswood and Teri Oliver both did so during the 2009-10 season. Courier has hit five treys in three games through the halfway point of the 2012-13 season. She needs three more to tie Presswood (2009-10) and Oliver (2011-12) for most games with five or more 3-pointers in a season. Courier currently ranks second in the MVC in 3-point percentage (.441) and ninth in 3-pointers made per game (1.7/game).

    SIU struggled to rebound in its last two games, surrendering a combined 32-rebound advantage against Evansville and Indiana State. In both games, the Salukis failed to reach 30 rebounds. The last time SIU previously posted fewer than 30 rebounds in a game was during the 2009-10 season against Creighton.

    Southern played three non-conference games against in-state opponents (Chicago State, Loyola-Chicago and SIU Edwardsville). Along with its conference matchups against Bradley and Illinois State, the Salukis will play seven total games in Illinois this year. SIU is 229-138 all-time against other Illinois schools.

    Cartaesha Macklin has increased her assist output in recent weeks, averaging 6.2 assists per game over SIU’s last six games. She has jumped up to third in the MVC with an average of 4.1 per game on the season. She posted a career-best 10 assists to go along with 19 points December 29 at Chicago State, becoming the first Saluki to have a double-double in assists and points since Molly McDowell in 2003. She is just the third player to record double-digit assists in the last 10 seasons.