Salukis Conclude Season with Year-End Banquet

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    April 14, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's basketball team celebrated the 2013-14 season with a year-end banquet on Sunday afternoon. Dyana Pierre took home the Saluki MVP Award at the banquet, while about 100 people joined in the celebration banquet.

    Pierre, who was the MVC's leading rebounder and double-double producer, also took home the Saluki Leading Scorer and Saluki Leading Rebounder awards. Pierre's big season earned her a spot on the MVC's first-team All-Conference squad, the first time an SIU player has been a first-team selection since the 2006-07 season and is a two-time MVC rebounding leader.

    The Saluki Assist Award went to Hannah Shores, who walked on before the year. Shores nudged Mercedes Griffin for the top assist award in a race that came down to the final game of the season.

    Griffin earned the team's Most Improved and Saluki Defensive awards. Griffin moved to point guard to start MVC play and became a big contributor down the stretch, ranking third in the MVC in minutes played in conference games while guarding the opposing team's best guard. Griffin led the team in steals and ranked sixth in the MVC in steals during conference play. She also hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send SIU's game at Illinois State into overtime.

    Senior Jordyn Courier earned the team's Saluki Swag Award for work ethic, toughness, trust and integrity. Courier, a senior, was an honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection and played her best basketball down the stretch, averaging 8.7 points per game over the season's final 13 games.

    The banquet also marked the end of two Saluki careers, seniors Courier and Sidney Goins, Courier ends her career ranked fifth in SIU history in career 3-pointers with 109 and scored 501 points in her career. Goins hit six 3-pointers in a win over Bradley this year, tied for the second-highest mark in school history. Goins led the team in 2013-14 with 28 3-pointers.



    The Salukis ended the year with just a 5-25 record but made several improvements in the first year of the Cindy Stein era. SIU improved its scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, rebounding margin (by five rebounds per game), blocks and assist-to-turnover ratio from the prior year. The Salukis upped their MVC win total from one to three, including a win over MVC regular season and tournament champion Wichita State.

    The Salukis return 11 players from this year's 13-player roster.