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    The crowd from last year's Pink Out game.

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    Feb. 10, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball looks to pick up its second consecutive MVC win Saturday as the Salukis take on Creighton for the annual Pink Out game.

    Date: Saturday, Feb. 11
    Time: 2:05 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

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (7-16, 3-9 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (181-138 overall, 14-68 at SIU)
    Creighton Bluejays (12-11, 6-6 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Jim Flanery, 10th Year (182-127 overall and at CU)

    SIU’s matchup with Creighton is Saluki basketball’s annual Pink Out game, which is part of the national Play for Kay initiative. The SIU players will wear pink uniforms as they take on the Bluejays, and Saluki fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free commemorative pink T-shirt. Saluki Athletics will hold a raffle during the game as well as accepting donations throughout the night to benefit the American Cancer Society. There will also be a special survivors walk during halftime.

    Southern trails its all-time series with Creighton 30-16 as the Bluejays have won the last eight matchups. SIU’s last win over Creighton came in Carbondale during the 2007-08 season. The Bluejays have beaten the first-place team in the MVC and lost to the last-place team in the league in the past two weeks. Creighton topped league-leader Wichita State February 2 in Omaha and has since fallen in consecutive games to Missouri State February 4 and 10th-place Evansville Thursday. Sarah Nelson led the Jays with 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Purple Aces. Carli Tritz leads Creighton in scoring for the season with an average of 14.0 points per game while Nelson is close behind at 12.7 points per game. Nelson is the team’s leading rebounder with an average of 7.7 per game while Tritz averages a team-best 3.1 assists per game.



    Timely shooting late in the game helped Creighton survive SIU’S late push in 66-59 Bluejay victory January 14 in Omaha. Crieghton hit three 3-pointers to spark a 9-2 run and give the Bluejays a 60-48 lead with 4:08 to play. Southern resorted to fouling late and Creighton hit five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold off the Salukis. Cartaesha Macklin led a balanced SIU scoring attack with 12 points while Ariel Haynes chipped in 10 and Teri Oliver added eight. Ten players registered in the scoring column for the Salukis. Alexus Patterson led Southern in rebounding with 11 boards.

    SIU came back from a nine-point halftime deficit and held off a late Drake push for a 63-59 win Thursday night at SIU Arena. Teri Oliver hit four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes of the second half to help spark a 22-7 Saluki run that would give Southern the lead for good. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 18 points and a career-best five steals while Teri Oliver chipped in 17 points and a career-best seven assists.

    Teri Oliver’s 72 made 3-pointers through Thursday’s game ranks fourth in SIU history for a single-season. Oliver sits just two makes shy of her personal record of 74 from her freshman season and seven away from the school record. The junior guard broke SIU’s career record for 3-pointers made earlier this season and currently ranks 17th in MVC history with 217 career treys. Oliver ranks seventh nationally with an average of 3.1 made 3-pointers per game.

    Southern’s game against Drake marked its first win of the season when scoring less than 70 points. The Salukis have otherwise remained consistent with a few common stats in its wins and losses. The Salukis are 0-14 when shooting worse than opponents and 0-15 when shooting under 40 percent from the field. Conversely, Southern is 7-1 when shooting better than 40 percent and 7-2 when shooting for a better percentage than opponents. The Salukis are now 1-14 when scoring under 70 and 6-2 when scoring 70 or more.