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    Feb. 28, 2013

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team opens its final homestand of the season Friday night against Bradley.

    GAME INFORMATION
    Date: Friday, March 1
    Time: 7:05 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

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    TEAM FACTS
    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-21, 1-13 MVC)
    Interim Coach:
    Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-9 overall, 0-9 at SIU)
    Bradley Braves (11-14, 5-9 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Mike Brooks, First Year (16-39 overall, 11-14 at Bradley)

    SIU VS. BRADLEY
    SIU leads its all-time series with Bradley 41-23, but the Braves have won 10 straight meetings. Bradley enters the matchup at 11-14 overall and 5-9 in the MVC. The Braves play a five-guard lineup and are led by four players that average double figures scoring. Shronda Butts leads Bradley at 12.4 points per game while Katie Yohn averages 11.0 points, Catie O'Leary averages 10.8 points and Kelsey Budd averages 10.7 points per game. O'Leary is tops on the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game and Butts leads the team with an average of 3.5 assists per game. Bradley leads the MVC in scoring with an average of 72.2 points per game.


     

     

    LAST TIME THEY MET
    The Braves dominated from tip to buzzer in a 90-48 win over SIU February 2 in Peoria. Bradley led by led by 34 points at halftime and extended the margin as high as 49 in the second half before settling on the 42-point win. Rishonda Napier led SIU with 13 points while Cartaesha Macklin and Jordyn Courier both added eight points and Alexus Patterson chipped in nine rebounds. Six Bradley player scored in double figures.

    LEADING THE SALUKIS
    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks fifth in the MVC with an average of 14.3 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 10.8 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre leads the MVC in rebounding with a team-leading 8.6 per game, and ranks 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 3.9 assists per game.

    HOT SHOOTING SHOCKERS DOWN SIU
    SIU couldn't contain hot-shooting Wichita State on its senior night in an 80-55 Shocker win. WSU shot 55.2 percent from the field and matched its season high in scoring in the win. Cartaesha Macklin scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Azia Washington had nine points and Jordyn Courier and Rishonda Napier both had eight points for SIU. Darice Fountain led WSU with 17 points.

    PIERRE COMING ON STRONG
    Redshirt-freshman center Dyana Pierre has been a force for SIU the last two weeks, posting double-doubles in three out of her last four games and averaging 11.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in that span. The recent string has elevated the Port St. Lucie, Fla., native back into the MVC's lead in rebounding with an average of 8.6 boards per game. Pierre scored a career-high 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds last Thursday against Missouri State for her seventh double-double of the season, and her 10th game with double-digit rebounds. With four regular season games remaining, Pierre sits just one block and 41 rebounds shy of entering SIU's single-season top 10 list in both categories.

    SECOND HALF BLUES
    SIU's loss to Missouri State last Thursday marked the second consecutive loss in which the Salukis held a lead at halftime. In both games, had extreme dips in their shooting percentage between the first and second periods. SIU's shooting efficiency dropped 34.5 percentage points after the break last Saturday against Indiana State and fell 13 points Thursday at Missouri State. SIU is 4-3 overall on the season when holding a lead at half.

    SALUKIS VS. THE STATE
    Southern played three non-conference games against in-state opponents (Chicago State, Loyola-Chicago and SIU Edwardsville). Along with its conference matchups against Bradley and Illinois State, the Salukis will play seven total games in Illinois this year. SIU is 229-141 all-time against other Illinois schools, including 2-4 this season.

    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 273 points through last week, needing just 7 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 month, however, leading the Salukis in scoring in each of their last three home games. She posted her highest scoring total at home this season with 18 points February 16 against Indiana State.

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