Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin
March 6, 2013
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team embarks on its final road swing of the 2012-13 regular season Thursday at Drake.
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Site: Knapp Center (7,152)
Radio: WHET 97.7 FM
Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Southern Illinois Salukis (4-23, 1-15 MVC)
Interim Coach: Adrianne Harlow, First Year (0-11 overall, 0-11 at SIU)
Drake Bulldogs (9-18, 4-12 MVC)
Head Coach: Jennie Baranczyk, First Year (9-18 overall and at Drake)
SIU VS. DRAKE
SIU trails its all-time series with Drake 26-48, but the Salukis picked up their only conference win over the Bulldogs January 5 in Carbondale. Drake enters Thursday’s matchup at 9-18 overall and 4-12 in the MVC, having won two out of its last four games. The Bulldogs are 3-4 in Valley play at home. Sophomore guard Kyndal Clark leads Drake and ranks second in the MVC in scoring with an average of 15.0 points per game. Junior forward Morgan Reid ranks second on the team at 11.0 points per game to go along with a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Alyssa Marschner leads the Bulldogs and ranks second in the MVC with an average of 4.0 assists per game.
LEADING THE SALUKIS
Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks fourth in the MVC with an average of 14.7 points per game in addition to averaging an MVC-leading 4.1 assists per game. Freshman guard Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 11.2 points per game, which ranks third among Valley freshmen. Freshman center Dyana Pierre leads the MVC in rebounding with a team-leading 8.7 per game, and ranks second in the Valley with an average of 1.1 blocks per game.
SALUKIS FADE LATE IN LOSS TO UNI
SIU stuck with Northern Iowa through the first 32 minutes, but faded down the stretch in a 74-60 loss to the Panthers Sunday at SIU Arena. The Salukis trailed by just three points with 8:27 remaining, but couldn’t hold off a 13-3 run by the Panthers in the following five minutes that turned out to be the difference in the game. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 21 points and five assists while Rishonda Napier added nine points and Jordyn Courier chipped in eight points. Dyana Pierre led the Salukis with eight rebounds. Jess McDowell went 6-for-11 from 3-point range to lead four UNI players in double figures scoring with 22 points.
SIU locked up the No. 10 seed in the MVC Tournament with its loss to UNI Sunday. The only question now is which team will finish with the No. 7 seed and face the Salukis in the 7:05 p.m. game next Thursday in St. Charles, Mo. SIU could potentially face Bradley, Evansville or Missouri State depending on how the last week of the regular season shakes out.
MACKLIN NEARS 900
Cartaesha Macklin sits just nine points shy of 900 career points with two regular season games remaining. She is four points shy of 400 points for the season, which will make her the first Saluki with consecutive 400-point seasons since Carlai Moore (2005-06 and 2006-07). Macklin currently ranks one point ahead of Moore in career scoring at 24th in SIU history.
MACKLIN DROPS DIMES
Cartaesha Macklin’s 18-point, 10-assist performance last Friday against Bradley marked her second points-assists double-double of the season (19 points, 10 assists Dec. 29 at Chicago State). She is the only player in SIU history with two points-assists double-doubles, and one of only two MVC players with a points-assists double-double this season (UNI’s Jacqui Kalin). The last SIU player with a points-assists double-double was Molly McDowell in 2003. Macklin is one of three SIU players (Connie Erickson, 1979-80 and D.D. Plab, 1980-81) with two double-digit assists games in the same season. A native of Mayo, Fla., Macklin took over as the MVC assists leader last week with an average of 4.1 assists per game, with an average of 4.5 assists in Valley play.
MACKLIN/PIERRE FINISHING STRONG
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 17.8 points and 5.0 assists per game in Southern’s last six games while Pierre has posted four double-doubles and averaged 10.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in the same stretch. Macklin is up to fourth in the MVC in scoring and first in assists while Pierre has taken over as the conference’s rebounding leader in the last week.
NAPIER MOVING UP
Freshman guard Rishonda Napier moved into SIU’s top 10 freshman scoring list by scoring eight points last Friday night against Bradley. The Burbank, Calif., native sits in 10th on the list with 290 points so far this season. She sits 3 points shy of No. 9 Mary Berghuis who scored 293 as a freshman in 1985-86.