Saluki Freshman Cartaesha Macklin broke the school record for free throws in a season Saturday at Bradley.
Feb. 8, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball looks to end a two-game skid as the Salukis return home to face Drake Thursday at SIU Arena.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site: SIU Arena (8,339)
Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Southern Illinois Salukis (6-16, 2-9 MVC)
Head Coach: Missy Tiber, Third Year (180-138 overall, 13-68 at SIU)
Drake Bulldogs (11-11, 5-6 MVC)
Head Coach: Amy Stephens, Ninth Year (341-168 overall, 144-125 at DU)
SIU VS. DRAKE
Southern trails its all-time series with Drake 48-24 and the Bulldogs have won the last four matchups. Drake enters the weekend on a three-game skid after falling to Missouri State and Wichita State last weekend at home. The Bulldogs are led by the MVC’s leading scorer and rebounder in center Rachael Hackbarth, who averages 19.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Behind Hackbarth, Kyndal Clark averages 9.8 points per game and Brittnye McSparron averages 9.2 points per game. Drake features the top rebounding defense in the MVC as the Bulldogs surrender an average of just 32.5 rebounds per game, out-rebounding opponents by an average of 5.7 boards per game.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Salukis struggled to match Drake’s physicality in a 73-59 Bulldog victory January 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Salukis turned the ball over 19 times, gave up a 48-30 rebounding advantage and couldn’t find an answer for Drake center Rachael Hackbarth, who finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Teri Oliver led SIU with 18 points while Cartaesha Macklin added 15 and Alexus Patterson scored 12. The Salukis averaged 22 free throw attempts per game entering the contest, but made it to the line just 10 times against the Bulldogs.
STRUGGLES ON THE GLASS
Southern had one of its worst rebounding nights of the season at Bradley. The Braves’ 22-rebound advantage was the largest rebounding margin the Salukis have surrendered since the 2008-09 season when SIU gave up 23 rebounds to DePaul. Also, Bradley’s 55 total rebounds were the most by a Saluki opponent since Southern surrendered the same amount to Missouri State in last season’s MVC opener in Springfield, Mo.
One of the top 3-point shooting teams in the MVC heading into last week, SIU suffered a season-worst slump from beyond the arc in its games last week. The Salukis averaged 6.9 made 3-pointers per game entering the week, but made a total of three against UNI and Bradley. Prior to last week, Southern hadn’t made fewer than four 3-pointers in a single game this season. The loss at UNI also marked the first time in 41 games that junior guard Teri Oliver didn’t make a 3-pointer.
MACKLIN TIES FREE THROW RECORD
SIU point guard Cartaesha Macklin went 3-for-3 from the free throw line last Thursday against UNI to tie the SIU record for free throws made in a season before setting a new mark with four more tosses Saturday at Bradley. Macklin’s total now sits at 127 makes for the season, just ahead of previous record holder Char Warring (1983-84). She also ranks third in school history with 164 free throw attempts thus far. The freshman ranks sixth in the MVC with a free throw percentage of 77.4.