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    Jan. 28, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team looks for its second consecutive win Sunday as the Salukis kick off a three-game road swing at Evansville.

    Date: Sunday, Jan. 29
    Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Evansville, Ind.
    Site: Ford Center (10,316)

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

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (5-14, 1-7 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (179-136 overall, 12-66 at SIU)
    Evansville Purple Aces (4-15, 1-7 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Oties Epps, First Year (4-15 overall and at UE)

    Southern trails its all-time series with Evansville 22-21. The last two seasons have produced sweeps in the matchups as the Purple Aces took both games a year ago and the Salukis won a pair the previous season. Evansville, under first-year coach Oties Epps, enters the matchup on a four-game losing streak. The Aces are led in scoring by junior forward Samantha Heck, who averages 13.1 points per game while senior guard Briyana Blair is second on the team at 10.7 points per game. Blair ranks second in the MVC in rebounding at 9.6 per game and second in assists at 4.4 per game.

    SIU came back from a halftime deficit to handily defeat Murray State 74-57 Thursday night at SIU Arena. The Salukis trailed 37-30 at the break before outscoring the Racers by 24 points in the second half. Cartaesha Macklin scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half. Antishia Wright chipped in a career-best 15 points for the Salukis while Teri Oliver added 13 points and Alexus Patterson had eight points and 10 rebounds.



    Teri Oliver was named Player of the Week and Cartaesha Macklin was named Newcomer of the Week by the MVC Monday. Oliver's honor marks the first MVC Player of the Week nod for SIU since Jasmine Gibson earned the recognition Dec. 26, 2007. Macklin's honor marks SIU's second Newcomer of the Week award of the season as Alexus Patterson earned the honor January 12. This marked the first time SIU has swept the MVC's weekly awards since Jan. 15, 2006 when Jayme Sweere earned Player of the Week and Dana Olsen was named Newcomer of the Week.

    Junior guard Teri Oliver had a night to remember in SIU's 78-72 win over Missouri State Thursday. Oliver poured in 28 points for the game, along the way becoming the 21st player in SIU history to go over 1,000 points for her career. Oliver also hit an SIU record-tying seven 3-pointers in the game on just eight attempts to become the first player in SIU history to go over 200 made 3-pointers for her career.

    SIU'S 78-72 win over Missouri State helped the Salukis end a 24-game MVC losing streak. The 24-consecutive conference losses ties a Valley record set by Bradley from 1999 to 2000.

    SIU has two of the top four scorers in the MVC in guards Teri Oliver and Cartaesha Macklin. Oliver ranks second in the MVC at 17.7 points per game and Macklin ranks fourth in the Valley at 16.3 points per game.

    Freshman Center Alexus Patterson has three of four double-doubles and eight of the 10 double-digit rebound games by SIU players this season. Patterson has significantly increased her presence in conference play, averaging 9.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in Valley action after averaging 3.3 points and 5.6 boards in non-conference play.

    SIU's win-loss column has been remarkably consistent with a few common stats throughout the season. The Salukis are 0-12 when shooting worse than opponents and 0-13 when shooting under 40 percent from the field. Conversely, Southern is 5-1 when shooting better than 40 percent and 5-2 when shooting for a better percentage than opponents. Southern also has yet to win a game when scoring fewer than 70 points this season (0-12) while the Salukis are 5-2 when scoring 70 or more.

    SIU's win over Missouri State was Southern's only win in a close game this season. SIU has lost eight games this season by 10 points or fewer. The Salukis held leads or ties in the final three minutes of regulation in six of those losses. Southern's other four wins were all by comfortable margins.

    Teri Oliver became SIU's all-time leader in 3-pointers made earlier this season, and currently ranks 22nd in MVC history with 207 career 3-pointers made. Her 2011-12 tally of 62 treys ranks seventh in school history for 3-pointers made in a season. Oliver already holds the No. 3 and 4 spots on that list. The Kokomo, Ind., native ranks fifth nationally with an average of 3.3 made 3-pointers per game.

    Sophomore center CiCi Shannon has already cemented herself as the top shot blocker in school history. She became SIU's career leader in blocked shots earlier this season. Through last week, Shannon has blocked 128 shots in her career, which ranks 18th in MVC history. The Hazel Crest, Ill., native nearly doubled the school's single-season record with 82 blocks last year, and her 2011-12 total of 46 blocks ranks second in school history for a single season.

    SIU welcomes former Saluki star Stephany Neptune back to Carbondale last to join the team as a graduate assistant. Neptune played one season at SIU in 2009-10 after following coach Missy Tiber to Southern from Tusculum College. Neptune was named Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference after averaging 11.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in her lone season at SIU. She ranks in the top six in SIU history for rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in a season.