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    Jordyn Courier is averaging 9.6 points per game over the last nine games.

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    Feb. 28, 2014

    Southern Illinois (4-22, 2-13 MVC) vs. Wichita State (22-5, 13-3 MVC)
     Date March 1, 2014
     Time 6:05 p.m. CST
     Location Carbondale, Ill. -- SIU Arena (8,339)
     Tickets Single-Game Tickets
     VideoSaluki All-Access ($)
     Radio Saluki Sports Network | 97.7 FM (Carbondale) | Saluki All-Access
     Notes Southern Illinois | Wichita State | MVC
     Season Stats Southern Illinois | Wichita State | MVC
     Live Stats Valley Scoreboard | Gametracker
     Social Media @SIU_WBasketball  | Facebook 

    The Southern Illinois women's basketball team tries to break an eight-game losing streak when Wichita State comes to SIU Arena on March 1 for a 6:05 tip with the Salukis. The game is the night cap of a basketball double-header, with the men's team playing at 3:05 against Illinois State. Those who come to the men's game will receive free admission to the women's game with their men's ticket stub. The Salukis will honor their two seniors, Jordyn Courier and Sidney Goins. In addition to Senior Day, the Wichita State game marks SIU's "Donate Life" day, which raises awareness for organ donation. Those who attend the game will have the opportunity to sign up for organ donor status at two computer terminals in the main lobby; registration takes less than two minutes. The Salukis will be wearing green shooting shirts to raise awareness for organ donation. Two-time heart recipient Sharon Clark will sing the national anthem.

    Southern Illinois leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 35-30, in a series that dates back to 1981. The Salukis have lost eight-straight games to the Shockers. The last win was on Jan. 30, 2010, at SIU Arena.

    Wichita State is leading the MVC and has a 1.5 game lead on the rest of the conference. Wichita State started the MVC season 12-0 but has lost three of its last four games, including Evansville's wire-to-wire win over the Shockers on Thursday night.

    The Last Meeting
    Southern Illinois51
    Wichita State74
    January 31, 2014
    Wichita, Kan.
    Southern Falls to Wichita State, 74-51
    The Southern Illinois women's basketball team ran into the hottest team in the Missouri Valley Conference on Friday night, dropping a 74-51 decision to Wichita State at Koch Arena.

    Wichita State leads the Valley in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Shockers have a scoring margin of nearly +14 heading into Sunday's matchup with the Salukis.

    Wichita State is led by Alex Harden, a leading candidate for MVC Player of the Year. Harden averages 16.5 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference, and 5.1 assists per game, which ranks second in the MVC. Harden's assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.2, which leads the Valley by more than a half-assist per turnover. Freshman Jamillah Bonner (12.8) and senior Michelle Price (12.0) are also in the top-15 in the MVC in scoring, and Price (7.4 rpg) ranks fifth in the conference in rebounding.

    The Wichita State Shockers became the latest victim of the hottest team in the Valley, Evansville, on Thursday night in Evansville, Ind. The Aces led the game from start-to-finish and topped the Shockers, 63-54. Four Shockers tallied double-digit scoring in the game, led by Alie Decker, who scored 16 points in 34 minutes. Wichita quickly found itself in an 8-0 hole and never recovered the lead against Evansville.

    The Southern Illinois Salukis found some offense but couldn't keep Missouri State out of the lane in a 93-76 loss to the Lady Bears on Thursday night at SIU Arena. The Salukis led for the first half and held a 45-41 lead at the break, but Missouri State got 40 of its 52 second-half points in the paint to grab a 16-point victory.

    Dyana Pierre led SIU with 27 points and 18 rebounds to get her MVC-leading ninth double-double of the season. Pierre, just a sophomore but the MVC's active career double-double leader with 19, tallied her fifth 15-point, 15-rebound double-double of her career. Jordyn Courier continued her stellar play late in her career with a career-best 21 points, including five 3-pointers.

    Dyana Pierre MAKING ALL-MVC PUSH
    Dyana Pierre has made a push for All-Conference recognition in her second season at SIU. Pierre is on the brink of leading the Missouri Valley Conference in 10+ rebound games for the second-straight season. She is the MVC's active leader in career double-doubles with 19 and is ranked fourth on the MVC's all-time list for career rebounding average at 9.0 rebounds per game. In 2013-14, Pierre ranks second in the conference in rebounding (9.0 rebounds per game), first in offensive rebounds per game (3.8), fourth in blocks (1.5) and first in double-doubles (10). In MVC games, Pierre leads the MVC in rebounding at 9.0 rebounds per game.

    Seniors Sidney Goins and Jordyn Courier will play their final game at SIU Arena on Saturday against Wichita State. The seniors have led the Salukis through a coaching transition and become leaders on this year's SIU squad. Courier ranks fifth in SIU history with 106 career 3-pointers and sixth in school history with 324 3-pointers attempted. She has played in 108 career games and made 43 career starts, including the last nine-straight games. Goins has played in 91 career games, making 28 career starts. Earlier in 2013-14, Goins made six 3-pointers in a 100-96 2OT win over Bradley, the fifth most single-game 3-pointers in school history.

    Senior Jordyn Courier is on a roll to end her senior year. Courier didn't score in six of the first eight games of the year and totaled just four points in that time. Since, she has raised her scoring to 5.0 points per game. She has started the last nine games for SIU and scored nine or more points in seven of those games. She is averaging 9.6 points per game in that span and led the team in scoring twice. In those nine-straight starts, Courier ranks second on the team in scoring. She is fifth in SIU history with 106 career 3-pointers.

    Dyana Pierre HITS 500-500 CLUB
    Dyana Pierre became the 20th player in SIU history in the 500-point, 500-rebound club against Missouri State on Thursday night. Pierre has 584 points and 511 rebounds in her 57-game SIU career. She is only the third Saluki player since 2001 to join the 500-500 club and only the fourth player in school history in the 500-500 club with fewer than 100 career games played.

    Pierre surpassed the 500 career points mark at Missouri State. The sophomore center became the 50th player in program history to score 500 or more points. After scoring 238 points as a freshman, Pierre eclipsed that mark in the 18th game of her second campaign. The sophomore is second on the team in career points, trailing only Cartaesha Macklin, who has 1,031 points in her career.

    Dyana Pierre is the MVC leader with 10 double-doubles in 26 games. She is also the active career double-double leader with 19 double-doubles, four more than Mallory Ladd of Evansville, who is second with 14. In two years at SIU, Pierre's 19 tie Agenette Sumrall for most of any SIU player since MVC play started in 1993-94, who had 19 double-doubles in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Against Bradley, Pierre put up 33 points and 18 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. In 26 games this year, Pierre has scored in double-figures 17 times and has recorded double-digit rebounds an MVC-leading 11 times.

    Since Valley play began in 1993-94, only 22 players in conference history have recorded 15 or more double-doubles. Pierre is the active MVC leader with 19 and is tied for 15th on the MVC's all-time list.

    Pierre is also one of the top rebounders in the MVC. At 9.0 rebounds per game, Pierre ranks second in the conference in rebounding and has the most 10+ rebound games of any player in the MVC with 11. In MVC-only play, Pierre leads the conference in rebounding at 9.0 rebounds per game.

    Sophomore center Dyana Pierre has already exceeded her block total from her freshman campaign. Her 36 blocks both as a freshman rank fifth in school history for blocks in a single season, and she has 39 for the 2013-14 season, which ranks fourth on the school's single-season list. With at least four more games to play, Pierre needs three more blocks to tie Cathy Kampwerth's 1988-89 total of 42 blocks, which ranks third in school history. Combined, Pierre's 75 career blocks already rank eighth in school history, and she is just eight blocks away from third-place on the school's all-time career list.

    Southern has started 12 different lineups in 26 games this season, and no one starting lineup has recorded more than six starts for the Salukis. Southern has started the same lineup for three-straight games for the first time this season. Dyana Pierre is the only player on the roster to have started all 26 games in 2013-14. Mercedes Griffin has also cemented her spot in the lineup, starting all 15 conference games, and Azia Washington has started 24 of 26 games this year. Pierre, a sophomore, has been a staple in the lineup for her entire career, collecting 53 starts in her 57 games, including the last 52 consecutive games.

    Mercedes Griffin has stepped up on both ends of the court for the Salukis in conference play, nearly doubling all her statistics from non-conference play. Griffin totaled 14 assists in 11 non-conference games (1.3 per game); but she surpassed that total in the first four MVC games this year. Griffin racked up 17 assists (4.3 per game) in the first four games and has 35 in MVC play (2.7 per game).

    Griffin has picked up her scoring, too. After scoring in double-figures once in the first 13 games this season, Griffin has piled up 114 points in the last 11 games (11.4 points per game) and scored in double figures six times in that span, including a career-best 17 points at Illinois State.

    Mercedes Griffin has picked up more than one steal in 10 of the last 13 games. After averaging .8 steals per game in the first 12 games of the season, Griffin has picked up 25 steals in the last 11 games (2.3 per game). In 15 conference games, Griffin averages 1.9 steals per contest. Griffin had five steals against both Evansville and Wichita State.

    With the team having only nine available players, all nine have stepped up and contributed during MVC play.

    Carlie Corrigan scored a career-high nine points at Indiana State, which led the team. • Jordyn Courier is averaging 8.1 points over the last eight games, leading the team in scoring twice in that span. • Sidney Goins knocked down six 3-pointers--the second-most in a single game in school history--and had a career-high five assists in helping SIU beat Bradley 100-96 in double-overtime. • Mercedes Griffin had a career-high 17 points at Illinois State and hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the game to overtime. Griffin has nearly doubled her output in every statistical category during MVC play from non-conference play. • Ariel Haynes totaled 10 points, three assists, and six rebounds on a weekend road trip against Drake and Northern Iowa. She pulled in a career-best eight rebounds at Wichita State. • Kim Nebo hit the game-clinching free throws in double-overtime to clinch SIU's conference win over Bradley. Nebo also posted a career-high 10 points at Missouri State. • Dyana Pierre leads the conference in double-doubles (9) and 10-rebound games (10). She had monster performances in both of Southern's conference wins, totaling 33 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Salukis to their win over Bradley and 24 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Evansville. • Hannah Shores scored a career-best 11 points vs. Drake. • Azia Washington is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 10.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.

    Six of Southern's losses have come by single-digit margins, including five games decided by five points or fewer. Twice, SIU has has lost a two-point game with an opponent jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining, dropping games to Austin Peay and Drake at the last second. In addition, SIU sent the game against Illinois State into overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer but lost 68-63 in OT to the Redbirds.

    The Southern Illinois vs. Drake game on Feb. 8 was Southern's Go Pink game. Southern Illinois wore unique, pink jerseys for the game. Ten winning bidders had the opportunity to put the name of their choosing on the back of a jersey, including the opportunity to honor a survivors or victims of cancer. The winning bids totaled more than $4,000, all of which is going to the Hope is Home campaign, Southern Illinois Healthcare's fundraiser for a new, comprehensive cancer center in southern Illinois. After the game, bidders kept were given their jerseys to keep. Combined with the three years of the Black Out Cancer annual football game and jersey auction, Southern Illinois athletics has raised more than $200,000 for the Hope is Home campaign.

    The flagship station for Saluki women's basketball is WVZA 105.1 FM, although 10 regular season games will be broadcast on WHET 97.7 FM due to conflicts with SIU men's basketball broadcasts. Bryce Williams is in his second season as the full-time radio broadcaster for Saluki women's basketball, while Logan Lee enters his first season as the team's color commentator.

    The official Twitter of Saluki women's basketball is SIU_WBasketball. This account features team news as well as live in-game updates. Fans can also follow Saluki Athletics @SIUSalukis for news on all SIU sports.

    Coverage for every Saluki women's basketball game is available online though Saluki All-Access at A live audio stream will be available for every game and live video will be available for all home games. Saluki All-Access also has on-demand content for all 18 Saluki sports.

    SALUKI NEWS ONLINE is the official website for SIU Athletics. It is the best source for up-to-date information on the Saluki women's basketball team. Rosters, box scores, cumulative statistics, pre-game notes and other materials are available on the site. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read PDF files.