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    Nov. 15, 2010

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    GAME INFORMATION
    Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
    Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Carbondale, Ill.
    Site: SIU Arena (8,500)

    Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
    Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    TEAM FACTS
    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-1)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Second Year (172-95 overall, 5-25 at SIU)
    2009-10 Record: 5-24, 4-14 Missouri Valley Conference
    Tennessee State Lady Tigers (0-1)
    Head Coach:
    Tracee Wells (59-113 overall and at TSU)
    2009-10 Record: 10-18, 7-11 Ohio Valley Conference

    DAWG BITES
    The Southern Illinois Basketball team is in its 52nd year of existence. Head Coach Missy Tiber is in her second season with the team and holds a 172-95 (.644) career record entering her 10th season as a head coach. Last season the Salukis finished with a 5-24 record and were 4-14 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Southern returns five letterwinners and two starters from the 2009-10 squad and welcomes three transfers and eight freshmen.


     

     

    SCOUTING TENNESSEE STATE
    The Lady Tigers come into Tuesday’s matchup with an 0-1 record after dropping their season-opener to Southeastern Conference member Alabama 82-55 Friday night. Three players scored in double figures for TSU in the losing effort. The Tigers are beginning their seventh season under head coach coming off a 10-18 campaign in 2009-10, including an eighth-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. TSU returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last season.

    SERIES WITH TENNESSEE STATE
    SIU leads the all-time series 2-0. The Salukis last beat the Lady Tigers 72-62 Dec. 4, 2002 in Nashville, Tenn.

    OVC ALL OVER AGAIN
    Tennessee State is one of four teams from the Ohio Valley Conference the Salukis will face during the 2010-11 season. SIU opened the season with a 62-50 loss to UT Martin and the Salukis will face fellow OVC member Austin Peay (Nov. 28) in Carbondale before traveling to Murray State (Dec. 18). The Salukis are 116-36 all-time against the current roster of OVC schools.

    SALUKIS OPEN SEASON WITH LOSS
    SIU struggled to find any offense in a season-opening 62-50 loss to UT Martin at SIU Arena. The Salukis only scored 15 first-half points and shot 29.8 percent from the field in the game. Teri Oliver led the Salukis with 17 points while Katrina Swingler posted her second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    OLIVER FOR THREE
    Saluki sophomore Teri Oliver’s 15 3-point attempts in the season-opener Nov. 12 against UT Martin ties for seventh-most in program history.

    TASTE OF TENNESSEE
    The Saluki Roster contains four players from the state of Tennessee (Eboni Crayton, Sidney Goins, Raquel Miller and Renee Reed), which is the highest out-of-state contingent on the team.

    NEW ERA IN THE NEW ARENA
    The Salukis enter the matchup with Tennessee State seeking their first win in newly renovated SIU Arena. SIU opened the new era in the new arena Nov. 12 against UT Martin, marking the first regular-season game to be played there since the renovation. The Arena features a new entrance and lobby area, as well as a concourse encircling the upper bowl featuring an athletic ticket office, Saluki Team Store, expanded concessions and new restrooms.
    The upgraded SIU Arena also features a VIP Club Room and state of-the-art scoreboard with individual statistics and replay capability.
    In addition, the retrofitted SIU Arena features all-new chairback seating, including chairbacks in the permanent upper bowl.
    The renovations also included updated locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and team meeting areas for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

     

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