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    March 2, 2013

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team hosts Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon for its final home game of the 2012-13 seaosn.

    Date: Sunday, March 3
    Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Carbondale, Ill.
    Site: SIU Arena (8,339)

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (4-22, 1-14 MVC)
    Interim Coach:
    Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-10 overall, 0-10 at SIU)
    Northern Iowa Panthers (13-14, 8-7 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Tanya Warren, SixthYear (100-88 overall and at UNI)

    Southern leads its all-time series with UNI 30-27, but the Salukis have dropped the last seven in the series. The Panthers enter Sunday’s matchup at 13-14 overall and 8-7 in the MVC. UNI features the Valley’s leading scorer in sixth-year senior guard Jacqui Kalin, who averages 19.4 points per game. Kalin also averages a team-best 3.7 assists per game as well as 5.0 rebounds per game, which is third on the team. Behind Kalin, four other UNI players average between 6.6 and 7.4 points per game and senior Amber Kirschbaum leads the Panthers in rebounding at 6.4 per game. UNI likes to shoot the long ball, making an average of 8.1 3-pointers per game, which is second in the MVC.



    Rebounding struggles and UNI’s hot 3-point shooting hurt SIU in a 76-59 loss to the Panthers January 31 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. UNI out-rebounded the Salukis 46-29 and scored 17 second-chance points in addition to nailing nine 3-pointers. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 17 points and five assists while Rishonda Napier chipped in 12 points and Ariel Haynes added seven rebounds. Jaqui Kalin paced UNI with 20 points while Hannah Schonhardt chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds.

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks fourth in the MVC with an average of 14.4 points per game while freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 11.2 points per game. Freshman center Dyana Pierre leads the MVC in rebounding with a team-leading 8.8 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 4.1 assists per game.

    Bradley took advantage of a season-high 26 Saluki turnovers in a 77-61 Braves victory Friday night at SIU Arena. SIU had two players finish with double-doubles as Cartaesha Macklin posted a team-high 18 points to go along with a career-best tying 10 assists and Dyana Pierre added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Also for the Salukis, Ariel Haynes tied a career high with 10 points to go along with six rebounds. Katie Yohn led Bradley with a game-high 23 points and seven steals while Shronda Butts added 16 points and Michelle Young had 10 points.

    SIU will host Northern Iowa Saturday for its final home game of the season, a game normally reserved for senior night. Because the 2012-13 Salukis do not have a senior, this year will mark the first time since the 1977-78 season that Southern will not celebrate senior night.

    Cartaesha Macklin’s 18-point, 10-assist performance Friday against Bradley marked her second points-assists double-double of the season (19 points, 10 assists Dec. 29 at Chicago State). The only other MVC player with a points-assists double-double this season is UNI’s Jacqui Kalin. Macklin became the first SIU player to accomplish the feat since Molly McDowell in 2003. A native of Mayo, Fla., Macklin is up to second in the MVC with an average of 4.1 assists per game, and she averages a league-best 4.5 assists in Valley play.

    Cartaesha Macklin and Dyana Pierre have really come on strong for the Salukis in the last three weeks as the regular season comes to a close. Macklin has averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists per game in Southern’s last five games while Pierre has posted four double-doubles and averaged 11.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in the same stretch. Macklin is up to fourth in the MVC in scoring and second in assists while Pierre has taken over as the conference’s rebounding leader in the last week.

    Freshman guard Rishonda Napier moved into SIU’s top 10 freshman scoring list by scoring eight points Friday night against Bradley. The Burbank, Calif., native sits in 10th on the list with 280 points so far this season. She sits 13 points shy of No. 9 Mary Berghuis who scored 293 as a freshman in 1985-86.