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    Nov. 17, 2013

    Southern Illinois (0-2) at IPFW (0-4)
     Date Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
     Time 6 p.m. CT
     Location Fort Wayne, Ind. - Hilliard Gates Sports Center (2,000)

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    By Tyler Wooten

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Saluki women's basketball hits the road for the first of a five-game road trip at IPFW Monday night, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center.

    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-2)
    Head Coach:
    Cindy Stein • First Season • 282-208 overall (17th season) • 0-2 at SIU

    IPFW Mastodons (0-4)
    Head Coach:
    Chris Paul • Ninth Season • 94-140 overall (ninth season) • 94-140 at IPFW

    Radio Information:
    Bryce Williams (second season)
    Color Commentary: Logan Lee (first season)
    Station: WHET 97.7 FM

    Southern is 0-1 against the Mastodons all-time after the first-ever meeting between SIU and IPFW in 2012. IPFW toppled Southern 78-65 thanks to a monster 43-point performance by Amanda Hyde of the Mastodons.

    IPFW 78, SIU 65 -- NOV. 29, 2012
    A late charge wasn't enough for SIU to overcome IPFW and Amanda Hyde, who posted a school record-tying 43 points in the 78-65 victory over Southern on Nov. 29, 2012. In addition to not stopping Hyde, the Salukis couldn't get anything going in the first half, where they were outscored 41-24 and shot 30 percent from the field -- including 2-of-13 from the 3-point line. In the second half, though, the Salukis picked up the pace and outscored the Mastodons 41-37. Southern was down 23 with 13 minutes remaining, but were able to cut that lead down to seven with 4:08 left to play. However, Hyde proved to be too much for the Salukis. Dyana Pierre recorded her first career double-double and was the leading scorer and rebounder with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Three additional current Salukis scored in double figures: Azia Washington (14 pts., four rebs.), Jordyn Courier (10 pts., three rebounds) and Sidney Goins (10 pts., four rebounds).

    The Mastodons fell to 0-4 on Saturday after losing to Mount St. Mary's 86-77 in Chicago for the Preseason WNIT hosted by Loyola. Amanda Hyde posted 19 points, three assists and two steals, but IPFW couldn't slow down the Mountaineer's Sydney Henderson, who scored 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists. IPFW outshot Mount St. Mary's, but the Mastodons were outworked on the boards and couldn't take advantage of their attempts from the charity stripe, going 16-26 from the line.

    For the second consecutive game, the Salukis were within striking distance of their first home victory since Jan. 5, only to come up just short last Tuesday against Austin Peay at the SIU Arena. APSU's Tiasha Gray hit a pull up jumper with 1.5 second left to sink SIU 71-69, just after the Salukis had fought back to tie the game. On the previous possession, leading scorer Cartaesha Macklin (20 points, four rebounds, four assists) had missed a three-point shot for the lead, but was able to haul in her own rebound and maneuver for a layup to tie the game at 69-69 with :35 seconds left. APSU got off to a hot start with a 9-0 run, until Southern started an 11-0 run of their own at 16:59 in the first half. From that point forward, no lead was larger than five points.

    Junior guard Cartaesha Macklin inched closer to the 1,000 career point mark last Tuesday against Austin Peay. Macklin scored 20 points -- 18 of which came in the first half. She currently stands eight away from the milestone at 992 career points.

    Macklin went 10-of-11 from the charity stripe against the Lady Govs for half of her total point total. In her time at Southern, Macklin has been no stranger to the free throw line. In 63 games at SIU she's made 300 free throws in 408 tries, which ranks third and tied for fourth all-time at SIU, respectively.

    Sophomore Azia Washington was also a key component in Southern's effort against the Lady Govs last Tuesday. Washington posted eight points, 13 rebounds and two steals, and seven of her 13 rebounds came in the first half. Combined with teammate Dyana Pierre, SIU's inside is sure to be a strength this season, as the Salukis currently rank second in the Valley in rebounding margin at +8.0.

    Sophomore Dyana Pierre has been a constant fixture in Southern's rotation in the first two games, where she has averaged 35.0 minutes of action. In those two games, Pierre has averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Pierre currently leads the Valley in shooting percentage at .667 after two straight 6-of-9 performances.

    Turnovers have plagued the Salukis in these two initial games, where they have averaged 19.5 turnovers opposed to the 10.0 they have forced on opponents. It was the difference against APSU, which scored 24 points of SIU turnovers en route to a dramatic 71-69 victory in the final second -- thanks in large part to costly Saluki turnovers down the stretch.

    Walk-on sophomore Hannah Shores has made her presence known in the first two games of the 2013-14 season. Shores, a native of nearby Centralia, Ill., has notched 5.5 points in 17.5 minutes per game so far this season. Shores is currently 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, with both good attempts coming against APSU.

    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 on Friday, Nov. 8 Southern shot 29-of-71 from the field for a percentage of .408. Last Tuesday against the Lady Govs, Southern outshot its opponent once again, this time .750 to .708.

    Sophomores Dyana Pierre (12 pts., 15 rebs.) and Rishonda Napier (13 pts., 10 rebs.) both posted a double-double against the Raiders on Nov. 8, 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 a 67-64 loss to the Raiders on Nov. 8, and they won the battle against the Lady Govs 49-36 on Nov. 12. 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.