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    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

    The Last Meeting
    Missouri State79
    Southern Illinois72
    January 27, 2013
    Carbondale, Ill.
    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.

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    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)

    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.



    Rebounding troubles haunted the Salukis in a 79-72 loss to the Lady Bears January 27 at SIU Arena. MSU scored 17 second-chance points off 24 offensive rebounds as Southern struggled to keep MSU off the glass during a few key runs. Rishonda Napier led Southern with 20 points and seven assists while Jameeka Bouie added 15 points, Cartaesha Macklin scored 12 and Alexus Patterson added 11. Dyana Pierre came one-point shy of being SIU’s fifth double-figures scorer with nine points to go along with 12 rebounds. Karly Buer led MSU with 25 points and five assists while Whitney Edie had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Christiana Shorter posted 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.