Junior guard/forward Jordyn Courier
Feb. 20, 2013
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks for its first conference road win Thursday as the Salukis travel to Missouri State.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 21
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Radio: WVZA 105.1 FM
Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Salukis fall to Missouri State 79-72
Rebounding troubles haunted the Southern Illinois women's basketball team in a 79-72 loss to Missouri State Sunday afternoon at SIU Arena.
Southern Illinois Salukis (4-19, 1-11 MVC)
Interim Coach: Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-7 overall, 0-7 at SIU)
Missouri State Lady Bears (12-13, 4-9 MVC)
Head Coach: Nyla Milleson, Sixth Year (288-119 overall, 103-83 at MSU)
SIU VS. MISSOURI STATE
Southern trails its all-times series with the Lady Bears 42-26, and MSU has won seven out of the last eight in the series. The Lady Bears enter the matchup at 12-13 overall and 4-9 in the MVC. Forward Whitney Edie leads MSU in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Kenzie Williams is second on the team with an average of 11.5 points per game while four other Bears average between seven and nine points per game. MSU ranks second in the MVC in scoring offense with an average of 70.8 points per game, but ranks ninth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 74.5 points per game.
LEADING THE SALUKIS
Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks sixth in the MVC with an average of 13.9 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 is tied for second 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 3.8 assists per game.
SYCAMORES SURGE PAST SALUKIS
SIU couldn’t sustain the momentum from a strong opening half in a 77-64 loss to Indiana State Saturday afternoon at SIU Arena. The Salukis led by as much as 15 in the opening frame and went into halftime up 42-36 after posting their best shooting percentage in a half this season at 56.7 percent (17-for-30). Unfortunately, Southern’s shooting percentage dropped to 22.2 percent in the second half, and the Sycamores (16-8, 8-5 MVC) out-scored SIU 41-22 after the break. Cartaesha Macklin led four Salukis in double figures with 18 points while Rishonda Napier had 12 points, Jordyn Courier had 11 points and Dyana Pierre posted her second-consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Munn led the Sycamores with 27 points while Racheal Mahan had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
NAPIER MOVING UP
Freshman guard Rishonda Napier is on track to finish the season on SIU’s top 10 freshman scoring list. The Burbank, Calif., native sits at 255 points through last week, needing just 25 points to tie No. 10 Mary Boyes (1979-80) at 280.
MACKLIN FEELING MORE AT HOME
Despite holding SIU’s highest scoring average for a majority of the season, Cartaesha Macklin didn’t lead the team in scoring in its first eight home games. Macklin has turned the tide in the past two weeks, leading the Salukis in scoring in each of their past three games at home. Last week, she posted her highest scoring total at home this season with 18 points against Indiana State.