Saukis host Evansville Saturday in Pink Out

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    Feb. 8, 2013

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team hosts Evansville Saturay afternoon for the annual Pink Out game at SIU Arena.

    Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
    Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Carbondale, Ill.
    Site: SIU Arena (8,339)

    Radio: WHET 97.7 FM
    Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois65
    January 13, 2013
    Evansville, Ind.
    Evansville outlasts Salukis 71-65
    The Southern Illinois women's basketball team suffered a 71-65 loss to Evansville on the road Sunday afternoon.

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-16, 1-8 MVC)
    Interim Coach:
    Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-4 overall, 0-4 at SIU)
    Evansville (7-13, 5-4 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Oties Epps, Second Year (12-38 overall and at UE)

    Saturday's game will mark the annual Pink Out game at SIU Arena. The Saluki players will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a pink rally towel. There will be several opportunities for fans to get involved in supporting the SIH Foundation's Hope is Home campaign, which aims to build a comprehensive cancer center in southern Illinois. Fans can visit for more information on the Pink Out.



    The all-time series between Evansville and SIU is tied 23-23. One team or the other has swept the matchup the last three seasons -- SIU swept last season as well as the 2009-10 season while Evansville won both games in 2010-11. The Purple Aces enter Saturday's game on a three-game losing streak after starting 5-1 in league play. UE's leading scorer is senior center Samantha Heck, who figures for 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Mallory Ladd is the Purple Aces' top rebounder at 8.9 boards per game to go along with an average of 12.2 points per game. UE's second-leading scorer, sophomore forward Khristian Hart, suffered a knee injury last week at Bradley and could be out for the season.

    SIU overcame a 21-point first-half deficit to take a lead for parts of the second half, but the Purple Aces hit timely shots late in the game to top the Salukis 71-65 Jan. 13 in Evansville, Ind. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists while Jordyn Courier added 15 points and Rishonda Napier chipped in 12 points. Khristian Hart led the Aces with 26 points while Mallory Ladd posted 16 points and 13 rebounds and Taylor Ware added 10 points. UE out-rebounded the Salukis 41-26.

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks eighth in the MVC with an average of 13.7 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 11.7 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre ranks second in the MVC in rebounding at 8.5 per game and blocks at 1.2 per game. Macklin leads the Salukis and ranks third in the Valley with an average of 3.9 assists per game.

    Bradley dominated the first 26 minutes of the game and the Salukis couldn't muster enough firepower to battle back last Saturday in Peoria, Ill. The Braves held a 54-20 lead at the break and stretched the lead as high as 49 before settling on the 42-point win. Rishonda Napier led SIU with 13 points while Cartaesha Macklin and Jordyn Courier both added eight and Alexus Patterson chipped in nine rebounds. Six Bradley players scored in double figures.

    SIU sits at 1-8 in the MVC at the halfway point of conference play. The Salukis haven't improved their record in the second half of Valley play since the 2008-09 season. Southern equaled its first-half win total in the second half of conference play the last three seasons. The 2008-09 season saw SIU start 2-7 before going 3-6 on the back half of Valley play.

    Redshirt-freshman center Dyana Pierre has been one of SIU's strongest players this season in home games. Pierre has led SIU in rebounding in seven out of eight home games, something she has only done once in 10 road games. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native averages 11.0 points and 12.4 rebounds per game at home with averages of 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the road.

    Last Saturday's game at Bradley marked just the third road game this season Cartaesha Macklin hasn't led SIU in scoring. The Saluki sophomore has led SIU in seven of the 10 true road contests this season. Ironically, Southern's leading scorer has yet to lead the Salukis in scoring at a home game. She averages a team-high 14.5 points on the road, and ranks third on the team with an average of 10.4 points per game at home.