SIU Looks to End Losing Skid at SMU Classic




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    November 30, 2000

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale's women's basketball team will seek to end its two-game losing skid Friday when the Salukis open play at the SMU Hoops for Cure Women's Basketball Classic in Dallas, Texas. SIU will open with tournament host SMU at 7 p.m.

    After winning its season opener at Illinois-Chicago, Southern Illinois enters the tournament coming off back-to-back losses in which the Dawgs have fallen to Louisiana-Lafayette (79-74) and Tennessee Tech (81-74) by no more than seven points.

    The Salukis, who stand at 1-2 on the year, are led by both senior Terica Hathaway (16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and sophomore Molly McDowell (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Hathaway's 17-point outing Wednesday against Tennessee Tech brought her to within 73 points from reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career.

    SMU, on the other hand, appears to be a very athletic ballclub and stands at 2-2 on the year. The Mustangs, who are coming off a 83-62 loss to Louisiana State, are paced by senior guards D-dra Rucker and Katie Remke who are each averaging 14.2 points per game.

    Also participating in the two-day event is Boston University and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    Other SIU Notes:

    • Sophomore Lynn Morancie posted career-highs in both points (12) and assists (5) Wednesday against Tennessee Tech. Morancie connected on 4-of-6 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line while adding one steal. Morancie's dozen points surpassed her previous career-high of eight points which was done vs. SW Missouri (2/13/00) while her five dishes toppled her previous mark of one which was done four times, last vs. Indiana State (3/4/00).
    • Seniors Maria Niebrugge and Courtney Smith, along with sophomore Katie Berwanger did not make the trip to Dallas, Texas, this weekend. Niebrugge remains in rehab after undergoing knee surgery and her return is undetermined at this point while Smith is still sidelined due to a stress fracture in her left tibia. Berwanger, who tore both her ACL and MCL two weeks ago, will miss the rest of the 2000-01 season.

     

     

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