SIU's six wins thus far this year are the most of the Missy Tiber era.
Feb. 1, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks for its third consecutive win and its second straight conference victory Thursday at Northern Iowa.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2
Time: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Site: McLeod Center (6,650)
Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Southern Illinois Salukis (6-14, 2-7 MVC)
Head Coach: Missy Tiber, Third Year (180-136 overall, 13-66 at SIU)
Northern Iowa Panthers (13-7, 6-3 MVC)
Head Coach: Tanya Warren, Fourth Year (81-66 overall and at UNI)
SIU VS. NORTHERN IOWA
Southern leads its all-time series with UNI 30-27, but the Salukis have dropped the last five in the series. The Panthers split a pair of MVC road games last weekend, falling at Creighton before surviving Drake in overtime. UNI presents a balanced offense as three players average between 12.6 and 13.1 points per game. Katelin Oney leads the Panthers with an average of 13.1 points per game while K.K. Armstrong averages 12.8 points and Rachel Madrigal averages 12.6 per game. Amber Kirschbaum leads UNI an average of 7.5 rebounds per game to go along with a scoring average of 9.4 points per game.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Panthers held off a late-game rally by SIU in their meeting earlier this season for a 70-66 win in Carbondale. Southern came back from a 10-point second-half deficit with a 12-2 run that was capped by Antishia Wright’s 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining. SIU couldn’t steal the lead in the final minutes, however, and the Panthers hit just enough free throws to pull out the win. Alexus Patterson had the finest game of her young SIU career with career highs of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Cartaesha Macklin scored 20 points for Southern, 12 of which came from the free throw line. Her 12 free throws are tied for the third most in a game in SIU history. Katelin Oney led the Panthers with 33 points.
SUCCESS AT SIX
The Salukis’ win over Evansville Sunday marked the team’s sixth of the season, officially making this the program’s most successful season under third-year head coach Missy Tiber. SIU won five games in Tiber’s inaugural season before winning just two last year.
SALUKIS ON A ROLL
Southern has won three out of its last four games, marking the best stretch the program has enjoyed since winning three of four during a stretch of the 2008-09 season. SIU hasn’t won back-to-back conference games since that season and hasn’t won three games in a row since the 2007-08 season. The Salukis could achieve both of those milestones with a win against UNI.
MACKLIN EARNS SECOND-STRAIGHT MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK NOD
The MVC announced Monday freshman guard Cartaesha Macklin earned her second-consecutive MVC Newcomer of the week honor. The Mayo, Fla., native earned the nod after averaging 19.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in a pair of wins for the Salukis last week. The honor marks the third Newcomer of the Week nod for SIU this season. Macklin joins Illinois State’s Jamie Russell, Drake’s Kyndal Clark and Bradley’s Shronda Butts as repeat Newcomer honorees.
MACKLIN NEARS FREE THROW RECORD
Cartaesha Macklin sits just three makes away from tying the SIU record for free throws in a season. The freshman guard currently sits second in school history with 120 made free throws through Sunday. Char Warring holds the record of 123 from the 1983-84 season. Warring needed 192 attempts to set the record that season while Macklin has attempted just 155 thus far, which ranks third in SIU history for attempts in a season.