Freshman guard Rishonda Napier
Jan. 24, 2013
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team looks to end a three-game skid Friday night as the Salukis welcome Wichita State to SIU Arena.
Date: Friday, Jan. 25
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site: SIU Arena (8,339)
Radio: WVZA 105.1 FM
Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Women's Basketball suffers 74-46 loss at Wichita State
The Southern Illinois women's basketball team suffered its worst defeat of the season with a 74-46 loss to Wichita State Friday night at Koch Arena.
Southern Illinois Salukis (4-12, 1-4 MVC)
Interim Coach: Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-0 overall, 0-0 at SIU)
Wichita State Shockers (11-6, 5-0 MVC)
Head Coach: Jody Adams, Fifth Year (103-75 overall, 79-67 at WSU)
SIU VS. WICHITA STATE
Southern leads its all-time series against Wichita State 35-27, although the Shockers have won the last five in the series. WSU enters Friday's matchup atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 5-0 in league play after knocking off preseason favorite Creighton Saturday and Drake Monday in Wichita, Kan. The Shockers boast the second-best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 52.2 points per game as well as the MVC's top field goal percentage defense at .280. WSU also has the MVC's best turnover margin at +3.59 per game and the Shockers hold the league's best field goal percentage at .424. WSU is led by senior guard Jessica Diamond, who averages a team-best 13.8 points per game to go along with 2.6 assists per game. Sophomore Alex Harden is second on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game and leads the Shockers with an average of 3.3 assists per game. WSU really balances its production with nine players averaging four or more points per game and seven players averaging at least three rebounds per game.
LEADING THE SALUKIS
Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks seventh in the MVC with an average of 14.1 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 10.3 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre ranks second in the MVC in rebounding and blocks at 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Macklin leads the Salukis and ranks third in the Valley with an average of 3.9 assists per game.
Missy Tiber announced Monday her resignation as SIU's head women's basketball coach. Tiber ends her tenure at Southern with a 19-86 record (.181) with a 9-50 mark in MVC play (.153) in three and-a-half seasons. Assistant coach Adrianne Harlow will serve as the Salukis' interim coach for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
REDBIRDS TROUNCE SALUKIS
SIU suffered the second-worst MVC loss in program history with a 89-41 drubbing Saturday at Illinois State. Azia Washington had nine points to lead SIU while Rishonda Napier added eight. Candace Sykes led five Redbirds in double-figures scoring with 19 points. The Salukis shot a season-low 25.4 percent from the floor on 17-for-67 shooting. ISU held SIU's leading scorer, Cartaesha Macklin, to a career-low two points.
MACKLIN AT THE STRIPE
Just over 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 720 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.