Women's Basketball looks to bounce back Sunday at Missouri State

    Cartaesha Macklin has closed within two points of teammate Teri Oliver as the team's scoring leader.

    Cartaesha Macklin has closed within two points of teammate Teri Oliver as the team's scoring leader.
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    Feb. 18, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks for its first season sweep of Missouri State in five seasons Sunday.

    Date: Sunday, Feb. 19
    Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Springfield, Mo.
    Site: JQH Arena (11,000)

    Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
    Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (7-18, 3-11 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (181-140 overall, 14-70 at SIU)
    Missouri State Lady Bears (17-6, 10-3 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Nyla Milleson, Fifth Year (269-103 overall, 84-67 at MSU)

    Southern trails its all-time series with Missouri State 41-25 as the Salukis broke a five-game losing streak to the Lady Bears earlier this season. SIU hasn’t swept MSU since the 2006-07 season. Since falling to the Salukis January 19 in Carbondale, Lady Bears have won seven straight and pulled into a tie for the lead in the MVC along with Wichita State. Former MVC Player of the Year Casey Garrison leads MSU and ranks second in the Valley with average of 17.4 points per game as well as leading the conference with an average of 4.6 assists per game. Christiana Shorter is second on the team with an average of 12.8 points to go along with a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game while Jaleshia Roberson is third on the team at 10.6 points per game.



    Southern picked up a breakthrough win with a 78-72 win over the Lady Bears January 19 in Carbondale. Teri Oliver had a milestone night to lead the Salukis to their first MVC win in two seasons. The junior guard scored 28 points to surpass 1,000 for her career, and nailed an SIU record-tying seven 3-pointers on just eight attempts. The win helped Southern end an MVC record-tying 24-game conference losing streak. Cartaesha Macklin added 14 points and a career-best nine assists while Antishia Wright added 13 points and Alexus Patterson posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Christiana Shorter led MSU with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Casey Garrison added 20 points.

    SIU suffered its worst loss of the season in a 74-46 route Friday night at Wichita State. The Salukis were whistled for 24 fouls and turned the ball over 25 times in addition to shooting a season-low 47.1 percent from the free throw line (8-for-17). Cartaesha Macklin led Southern with 25 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season while Teri Oliver added 12 points. Oliver and Macklin accounted for all but nine of SIU’s points. Five players scored in double figures for WSU led by 15 from Alex Harden.

    Teri Oliver made four 3-pointers Friday against Wichita State to tie SIU’s single-season record of 79 set by Cari Hassell during the 1994-95 season. She needs one more to hold the record outright. Hassell needed 269 3-point attempts to set the record while Oliver has reached the milestone in just 205 attempts. Oliver broke SIU’s career record for 3-pointers made earlier this season and currently ranks 15th in MVC history with 224 career treys. Oliver ranks seventh nationally with an average of 3.2 made 3-pointers per game.

    Cartaesha Macklin surpassed the 400-point plateau for the season with 25 points Friday against Wichita State while teammate Teri Oliver rose to 419 points for the season. This marks just the third season in SIU history in which two Salukis have scored 400 plus points. Oliver and Macklin’s combined total of 836 points ties the sixth-highest two-player scoring total in school history for a single season. Oliver ranks third in the MVC with an average of 16.8 points per game while Macklin is fourth at 16.7 per game.
    SIU’s Top Scoring Tandems
    1. 1982-83 — Warring (561), Price (449) 1,010
    2. 1989-90 — Rakers (643), Smith (271) 914
    3. 1985-86 — Jackson (487), Bonds (393) 880
    4. 1996-97 — Hudson (428), McClendon (426) 854
    5. 1984-85 — Jackson (509), Kattreh (329) 838
    6. 2010-11 — Oliver (419), Macklin (417) 836
    1983-84 — Warring (477), Price (359) 836
    8. 1978-79 — Faber (524), Foley (274) 822
    9. 2005-06 — Moore (457), Sweere (360) 817
    10. 2007-08 — Sweere (459), Young (358) 817

    Southern broke a few season-long trends last in its two games last week. The Salukis game against Drake marked its first win of the season when scoring less than 70 points. SIU is now 1-15 when scoring fewer than 70 points. Against Creighton, the Salukis suffered just their second loss of the season when shooting better than 40 percent from the floor. SIU is now 7-2 when shooting better than 40 percent.

    The Salukis are 0-16 when shooting worse than opponents and 0-16 when shooting under 40 percent from the field. SIU is also 0-9 when playing on Friday or Saturday and 7-8 when playing on any other day of the week.

    SIU point guard Cartaesha Macklin broke SIU’s freshman scoring record during SIU’s loss to Creighton last Saturday. Macklin scored 21 points against the Bluejays to surpass Cari Hassell’s record of 382 from the 1994-95 season. Macklin is up to 417 for the season.

    SIU sits just one MVC win away from matching its best Valley win total under coach Missy Tiber. The Salukis won four conference games in Tiber’s inaugural season in 2009-10. Southern has already posted its highest win total of the Tiber era with seven thus far.