Redshirt-freshman center Dyana Pierre
Feb. 15, 2013
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks to end a nine-game losing streak Saturday when the Salukis host Indiana State.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site: SIU Arena (8,339)
Radio: WVZA 105.1 FM
Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Sycamores upend Salukis 72-57
The Southern Illinois women's basketball team couldn't keep Indiana State off the glass in a 72-57 loss to the Sycamores Thursday night at the Hulman Center.
Southern Illinois Salukis (4-18, 1-10 MVC)
Interim Coach: Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-6 overall, 0-6 at SIU)
Indiana State Sycamores (15-8, 7-5 MVC)
Head Coach: Teri Moren, Third Year (176-113 overall and 46-40 at ISU)
SIU VS. INDIANA STATE
Southern leads its all-time series with the Sycamores 41-37, but Indiana State has won the last nine meetings. ISU has swept the season series the last three years and knocked SIU out of the MVC tournament twice in that span. The Salukis’ last win in the series came in Carbondale during the 2008-09 season. The Sycamores enter Saturday’s matchup on a three-game winning streak with a 15-8 overall record and a 7-5 mark in MVC play. Anna Munn leads ISU and ranks third in the Valley with an average of 14.6 points per game while Racheal Mahan is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and leads the Sycamores with an average of 8.1 rebounds per game. Taylor Whitley is third on the team at 10.4 points per game and leads the team with 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game. The Sycamores lead the MVC in scoring defense, allowing just 52.5 points per game.
LEADING THE SALUKIS
Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks seventh in the MVC with an average of 13.7 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 11.6 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre ranks second in the MVC in rebounding with a team-leading 8.4 per game, and ranks third in the Valley with an average of 1.1 blocks per game. Macklin leads the Salukis and ranks second in the Valley with an average of 3.9 assists per game.
ILLINOIS STATE SURVIVES SALUKIS
Rishonda Napier’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark in SIU’s 71-68 loss to Illinois State Thursday night at SIU Arena. The Salukis rallied from down seven with 39 seconds to play, cutting the deficit to three points and causing an ISU turnover with 1.8 seconds remaining. The Saluki in-bounds play found Napier wide open in the middle of the court, but an ISU defender’s late closeout affected Napier’s shot just enough to push it off the mark. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 13 points and four assists while Napier had 11 points and Dyana Pierre added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Brianna Puni led the Redbirds with 17 points.
MACKLIN FEELING MORE AT HOME
Despite holding SIU’s highest scoring average for a majority of the season, Cartaesha Macklin had yet to register as SIU’s top scorer in a home game until last week. The sophomore guard has since led the Salukis in scoring in their last two home games with outings of 15 points against Evansville and 13 points against Illinois State. Macklin has led SIU in scoring in seven out of 10 road games on the year.
PIERRE A FORCE AT HOME
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 eight out of 10 home games, something she has only done once in 10 road games. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native averages 10.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game at home with averages of 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the road.
SOUTHERN’S ACHILLES HEELS
Two major categories that have haunted SIU in losses are rebounding and free throws. The Salukis are 1-14 this season when they get out-rebounded, but are 3-4 when they are either equal or better than their opponent on the glass. The Salukis rank last in the MVC in rebounding margin at minus 6.4 per game, and have allowed opponents an average of 15.3 offensive rebounds per game. SIU has also struggled to help itself at the free throw line with a 63.0 percentage for the season that ranks ninth in the MVC. The Salukis have shot below 60 percent from the line in their last four games.