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    SIU will honor lone senior Charnise Mitchell prior to Saturday's game.

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    March 2, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.— Southern Illinois senior Charnise Mitchell will play in her final home game as a Saluki as the women's basketball team hosts Illinois State Saturday to close the regular season.

    Date: Saturday, March 3
    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

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (8-20, 4-13 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (182-142 overall, 15-72 at SIU)
    Illinois State Redbirds (17-11, 12-5 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Stephanie Glance, Second Year (41-22 overall and at ISU)

    Southern trails its all-time series with Illinois State 53-44. The Redbirds have won eight straight in the series with the last Saluki win coming March 6, 2008 in Normal, Ill. ISU comes to Carbondale looking to sew up the No. 2 seed in next week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a win over the Salukis. The Redbirds eked by Evansville 62-59 Thursday in Evansville, Ind., led by 20 points from Jamie Russell. Katie Broadway leads four ISU players with double figure scoring averages with a season average of 15.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the MVC. Behind Broadway, Russell averages 13.3 points per game, Marley Hall averages 11.5 and Candace Sykes averages 11.4. Sykes is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.7 per game while Russell leads the team with averages of 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. ISU boasts the second-best scoring offense in the Valley with an average of 68.4 points per game.



    SIU fell to 15-15 all-time in conference openers after suffering a 75-51 loss to Illinois State December 30 in Normal, Ill. Cold shooting and 21 turnovers cost the Salukis as Southern dropped its 19th-consecutive MVC game. SIU shot 28.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the free throw line. Cartaesha Macklin led the Salukis with 18 points while Jordyn Courier chipped in 12 and Teri Oliver added 11. Alexus Patterson led Southern with 14 rebounds. Jamie Russell led four Redbirds in double figures with 19 points to go along with nine rebounds while Marley Hall chipped in 16 points and nine boards.

    SIU will honor its lone senior, Charnise Mitchell, prior to Saturday’s game. A native of Florence, Ala., Mitchell has appeared in 53 games, making 14 starts during her two years in Carbondale after transferring from Northwest Shoals Community College. The senior has scored 207 career points and pulled down 201 career rebounds for SIU.

    SIU couldn’t replicate Indiana State’s efficient long-range shooting in a 69-46 loss to the Sycamores Thursday night at SIU Arena. ISU nailed 10-of-16 3-point attempts for a 62.5 percent clip from beyond the arc while the Salukis struggled to finish 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from the 3-point line. Antishia Wright led Southern with 12 points while Cartaesha Macklin chipped in nine and Alexus Patterson added eight points and eight rebounds.

    SIU’s loss to Indiana State Thursday assured the Salukis a No. 9 seed in next week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. SIU will play Bradley at 4:05 p.m. March 8. This marks the fifth-consecutive season Southern will play on Thursday in the MVC Tournament.

    SIU has a chance to finish the season at .500 at home with a win over Illinois State to end the regular season. The Salukis sit at 6-7 at home thus far. SIU hasn’t posted a .500 or better record at home since the 2008-09 season, when the Salukis went 8-5 at the Arena.

    SIU’s win over Evansville was its fourth MVC win of the season, matching the best Valley win total of the Missy Tiber Era. The Salukis also 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 eight thus far.

    SIU point guard Cartaesha Macklin moved up to 8th in SIU history for points in a season against Indiana State. The Mayo, Fla., native has scored 463 points through Thursday. She ranks third in the MVC with a season scoring average of 16.6 points per game and ranks third nationally in scoring among freshmen. Macklin broke the SIU freshman scoring record and single-season free throw record earlier this season.

    This season marks only the third in SIU history in which two Salukis have scored 400 plus points and also the third time two players have combined for 900 plus points. Through Thursday, Cartaesha Macklin sits at 463 points for the season and Teri Oliver sits at 447. Their combined 901 points ranks as the third-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. 2010-11 — Macklin (463), Oliver (447) 910
    4. 1985-86 — Jackson (487), Bonds (393) 880
    5. 1996-97 — Hudson (428), McClendon (426) 854
    6. 1984-85 — Jackson (509), Kattreh (329) 838
    7. 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