A win over Evansville would help Southern match its best MVC win total under Missy Tiber.
Feb. 25, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks for a season sweep of Evansville when the Salukis welcome the Purple Aces to Carbondale Sunday.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 26
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
Southern Illinois Salukis (7-19, 3-12 MVC)
Head Coach: Missy Tiber, Third Year (181-141 overall, 14-71 at SIU)
Evansville Purple Aces (5-21, 2-13 MVC)
Head Coach: Oties Epps, First Year (5-21 overall and at UE)
SIU VS. EVANSVILLE
Southern’s all-time series with Evansville is all knotted up at 22-22. The last two seasons have produced sweeps in the matchups as the Purple Aces took both games a year ago and the Salukis won a pair the previous season. Evansville, under first-year coach Oties Epps, enters the matchup a game back of the Salukis in the MVC Standings. The Aces are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Samantha Heck, who averages 13.7 points and 6.8 boards per game. Megan Collins is second on the team with an average of 9.0 points per game.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Southern won its second straight and picked up its first MVC road win with a 74-60 win January 29 at Evansville. The Salukis came up with timely shooting and key defensive stops to hold off the hosts in the second half. Teri Oliver led SIU with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists while Cartaesha Macklin added 18 points and five assists and Alexus Patterson chipped in 12 points and eight boards. CiCi Shannon also pulled down a team-best nine rebounds and blocked five shots for the Salukis.
MACKLIN RACKS UP MILESTONES
SIU point guard Cartaesha Macklin moved into the top 10 in SIU history for points in a season and took over as Southern’s leading scorer for the season after averaging 23.5 points per game last week. The Mayo, Fla., native has scored 439 points through last week to shove Calai Moore (433 points in 2006-07) off SIU’s single-season top-10 scoring list. Macklin overtook Teri Oliver as the team’s leading scorer with a season average of 16.9 points per game, which ranks third in the MVC. Macklin broke the SIU freshman scoring record and single-season free throw record earlier this season.
OLIVER FOR 3
Junior guard Teri Oliver hit four 3-pointers February 17 at Wichita State to tie Cari Hassell’s school record of 79 3-pointers in a season. Oliver set a new mark and became the first player in SIU history to make more than 80 3-pointers by nailing two more treys February 19 at Missouri State. The Kokomo, Ind., native’s season total now sits at 81, which ranks 14th in MVC history. She broke the SIU career record for 3-pointers made earlier this season and is the only Saluki to sink more than 200 career treys.
TWO BY 400
Cartaesha Macklin went over 400 points for the season during SIU’s game February 17 at Wichita State. This marks only the third time in SIU history two Salukis have scored 400 plus points in a season. Through week’s end, Macklin sits at 439 points for the season and Teri Oliver sits at 433. Their combined 872 points ranks as the fourth-highest two-player scoring total in school history.
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. 2010-11 — Oliver (433), Macklin (439) 872
5. 1996-97 — Hudson (428), McClendon (426) 854
6. 1984-85 — Jackson (509), Kattreh (329) 838
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), Ellen Young (358) 817
A WIN AWAY
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 overall win total of the Tiber era with seven thus far.