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    Jan. 20, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team hosts Missouri Valley Conference leader Wichita State Saturday, looking for their second-consecutive MVC win.

    Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
    Time: 2:05 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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    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-13, 1-6 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (178-135 overall, 11-65 at SIU)
    Wichita State Shockers (12-5, 6-0 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Jody Adams, Fourth Year (84-61 overall, 60-53 at WSU)

    Southern leads its all-time series against Wichita State 35-25, although the Shockers have won the last three in the series. WSU enters the matchup at the top of the MVC standings as the only team without a Valley loss. The Shockers also enter the game on a nine-game winning streak, having not dropped a game since December 7. WSU features the top defense in the lead, surrendering an average of just 56.6 points per game to opponents, including 49.8 in MVC play. The Shockers also hold opponents to a Valley-best .376 shooting percentage fore the season. WSU's offense is led by the duo of Jessica Diamond and Haleigh Lankster, who average 12.8 and 11.8 points per game respectively. Chynna Turner is the Shockers' top rebounder at 6.9 boards per game.



    Teri Oliver had a milestone night to lead the Salukis to their first MVC win in two seasons. The junior guard scored 28 points to surpass 1,000 for her career, and nailed an SIU record-tying seven 3-pointers on just eight attempts. The win helped Southern end an MVC record-tying 24-game conference losing streak. Cartaesha Macklin added 14 points and a career-best nine assists while Antishia Wright added 13 points and Alexus Patterson posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    In addition to surpassing 1,000 career points and tying the school record for 3-pointers in a game against Missouri State, Teri Oliver reached a few other significant milestones against the Lady Bears. Oliver also made her 200th career 3-pointer and moved into the school's top-10 list for 3-pointers made in a season. Her 2011-12 tally of 56 treys sits in seventh place in SIU history. Oliver already holds the No. 3 and 4 spots on the list. She became SIU's all-time leader in 3-pointers made earlier this season, and currently ranks 22nd in MVC history with 201 career 3-pointers made. The Kokomo, Ind., native ranks fifth nationally with an average of 3.3 made 3-pointers per game.

    Freshman Center Alexus Patterson has three double-doubles this season as the only SIU player to post a double-double thus far. She also holds seven of the eight double-digit rebound games by SIU players this season. Patterson has significantly increased her presence in conference play, averaging 9.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in Valley action after averaging 2.8 points and 5.2 boards in non-conference play.

    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 17.7 points per game and Macklin ranks fourth in the Valley at 15.7 points per game.

    SIU's win-loss column has been remarkably consistent with a few common stats throughout the season. The Salukis are 0-11 when shooting worse than opponents and 0-12 when shooting under 40 percent from the field. Conversely, Southern is 4-1 when shooting better than 40 percent and 4-2 when shooting for a better percentage than opponents. Southern also has yet to win a game when scoring fewer than 70 points this season (0-11) while the Salukis are 4-2 when scoring 70 or more. SIU's win over Missouri State marked the first time Southern has won a game when its opponent finished with more rebounds and the Salukis first win after being down at halftime.