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    Nov. 11, 2013

    Austin Peay (0-1, 0-0 OVC) vs. Southern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 MVC)
     Date Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
     Time 6:05 p.m. CT
     Location Carbondale, Ill. - SIU Arena (8,339)

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    By Tyler Wooten

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki women's basketball will look for its first win of 2013-14 on Tuesday night when it will host the Austin Peay Lady Governors at 6:05 p.m. in the SIU Arena.

    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-1, 0-0 MVC)
    Head Coach: Cindy Stein • First Season • 282-207 overall (16 seasons) • 0-1 at SIU (one season)

    Austin Peay Lady Governors
    Head Coach: Carrie Daniels • Eighth Season • 79-138 overall (eight seasons) • 79-138 at APSU (eight seasons)

    Southern is 2-2 versus the Governors all-time, dating back to the first meeting in 2006-07. The home team has been victorious in each meeting. Both Saluki wins in Carbondale have been decided by over ten points, while both Saluki losses in Clarksville have been decided by six points or less. The last time Austin Peay came to SIU in 2010-11, the Salukis came out on top, 76-64 -- one of only two wins for SIU that season. Five Salukis scored in double-digits, which included a double-double by forward Katrina Swingler (13 pts., 10 rebs.) and a 22-point performance from current Saluki senior Sidney Goins. Southern shot a solid .460 from the field, but its .824 mark from the charity stripe set the Salukis apart. Austin Peay kept it interesting, holding the Salukis scoreless for five minutes toward the end of the first half and pulling to a 45-44 score with 13:27 remaining, but SIU never let APSU within four the remainder of the game.

    In the 2011-12 regular season opener, the Salukis fell to the Governors, 76-70, in Clarksville, Tenn., on Nov. 11, 2011. Guard Teri Oliver put up a career-high 32 points (at the time, the 10th-best single-game total in school history) and hit several clutch shots down the stretch, but poor free throw shooting and not enough bench production were the difference for Southern. SIU shot 14-of-24 (.583) from the charity stripe, opposed to Austin Peay's superb total of 22-of-30 (.733). Southern put the full-court press on and forced three consecutive turnovers, all three of which turned into Teri Oliver three-pointers to tie the game at 67-67 with 2:27 left in the game. The Lady Govs, however, were able to sink their free throws down the stretch and were thus able to keep the Salukis at bay. In addition to Oliver, current Saluki Ariel Haynes started and scored 10 points and grabbed six boards.

    WKU 78, AUSTIN PEAY 75
    The Lady Govs (0-1) had four players score in double figures -- including Tiasha Gray's 22 points and seven assists -- but were eclipsed by the Hilltoppers (1-0) in the end, 78-75. Austin Peay was in command for the first 36 minutes of play, but once the Hilltoppers took the lead at 3:50 the Lady Govs weren't able to wrestle it back. Gray's 22 points ties a career high. Freshman guard April Rivers came off the bench and began her Lady Gov career off right with a 16-point performance in her debut. Kristen Stainback (14 pts., four rebs.) and Alexis Hardaway (10 pts., five rebs.) also scored in double-figures for APSU.

    After losing by 15 to Division II Lindenwood in the final exhibition game, the Salukis (0-1) came out strong against Wright State (1-0), but fell just short of their first home opener victory in five years in a 67-64 loss to WSU. Southern had an 11-point advantage twice in the first half, but foul troubles began to brew for Southern as they put the Raiders on the line 41 times -- including 22 times in the first half. In the second half, Horizon preseason player of the year Kim Demmings turned on the jets, scoring 23 of her game-high 31 points to help stave off a late Saluki charge. Southern only had eight more turnovers than the Raiders, but WSU was able to capitalize off those mistakes with a 20-6 advantage off turnovers. Rishonda Napier (13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists), Dyana Pierre (12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 block) and Cartaesha Macklin (12 points) led the way for Southern, and Alexus Patterson came off the bench to score nine points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of work.

    Despite Southern's shooting woes from beyond the arc (3-10, .300) and from the charity stripe (3-13, .231), the Salukis out-shot Wright State in SIU's home opener last Friday. Southern shot 29-of-71 from the field for a percentage of .408. Of the three Salukis with at least 10 field goal attempts, two of them shot 40 percent from the field.

    Sophomores Dyana Pierre (12 pts., 15 rebs.) and Rishonda Napier (13 pts., 10 rebs.) both posted a double-double against the Raiders last Friday, which is only the fourth time in the last year that the Salukis have had two double-doubles in the same game. In 2012-13, Southern did so thrice -- including two times in the month of December. This was the 10th career double-double for Pierre and the first for Napier.

    The Salukis out-rebounded Wright State 51-48 in last Friday's 67-64 loss to the Raiders. Over the last year, SIU grabbing more boards has usually meant victory for the Salukis. Southern was 3-5 in 2012-13 when it was even or victorious in the rebound battle, which constituted as 60 percent of SIU's wins last season.

    The 2013-14 season is the first at SIU for head coach Cindy Stein, who inherited a team that went 5-26 in 2012-13 and didn't win more than eight games in the previous four seasons. Stein comes from Illinois Central College, where she coached ICC to a 32-4 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA Division II national tournament during her lone season in 2012-13. Prior to Stein, ICC had gone 16-16 in 2011-12. Stein's coaching profile includes a successful 12-year stint at Missouri and a three-year period at Emporia State to start her head coaching career. Over 16 seasons as a head coach, Stein holds a 282-206 (.578) record, three NCAA Tournament appearances, a Sweet 16 run in 2001 and three trips to the WNIT -- all at Missouri.

    First-year SIU head coach Cindy Stein spent 12 successful seasons in Columbia, Mo., at the helm of Missouri's women's basketball program from 1998-2010. Stein inherited a Tiger basketball team that went 11-16 in 1997-98 and turned that around to 21-10 and a trip to the Sweet 16 by only her third season at Mizzou in 2000-01. Stein's run with the Tigers saw 185 wins, five WNBA Draft selections and seven postseason appearances -- including three NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 04, 06). Stein's players earned 24 All-Big 12 honors (four First-Team) and 46 Academic All-Big 12 nods.

    Coach Stein brings a brand new support staff with her to Carbondale. Andrea Gorski (associate head coach), Kat Martin (assistant coach/recruiting coordinator), Christelle N'Garsanet (assistant coach), Amanda Hanneman (video coordinator) and former Saluki head coach Julie Beck (director of operations) round out the new crew in the Boydston Center offices. Gorski comes from Concordia University, where she turned around a sub-.500 club into a national NAIA powerhouse in five seasons. Martin comes from Kishwaukee College, where she was the associate head coach for six seasons. N'Garsanet, a former standout of Stein's at Mizzou and a 2006 WNBA Draft selection, spent two years at Illinoic Central College -- including Stein's 32-4 season in 2012-13. Hanneman is also a former player of Stein's at Mizzou from 2006-10, and she spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Sonoma State. Beck returns to Carbondale for her 30th year in Saluki Athletics as the director of operations. Beck was an assistant coach under Saluki Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Scott from 1981-1998, took over as head coach from 1998-2000, and worked in marketing and group sales for Saluki Athletics an additional 10 seasons after her coaching career ended.

    Southern Illinois was voted to finish tenth in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013-14 in a preseason poll release on Oct. 30 at media day at Loyola University in Chicago. Indiana State was chosen to win the Valley crown with 26 first place votes, followed by Wichita State in second place with 13. Southern was voted to finish eighth in 2012-13, but finished tenth at the end of the season after posting a 5-26 record, which included a 1-17 conference record.

    Junior guard Cartaesha Macklin was voted to the 2013-14 preseason All-MVC team, announced alongside the preseason poll at media day at Loyola University in Chicago. Macklin led the Salukis and was second in the conference in scoring in 2012-13 with 15.0 points per game and became the first Saluki in history to lead the Valley in assist average with 4.2 per game. Macklin also led Southern in minutes played (1,002), steals (42), free throws made (121) and free throws attempted (178). Southern has not had a first-team all-conference honoree since Carlai Moore in 2006-07.