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    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team opens a two-day stat at the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night against Radford.

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Dates: Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24
    Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
    Site: BankUnited Center (7,200)

    SIU GAME 1 INFORMATION
    Opponent: Radford
    Date: Friday, Nov. 23
    Time: 6 p.m. CST
    Radio: WVZA 105.1 FM
    Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole
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    Live Video Stream
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    SIU GAME 2 INFORMATION
    Opponent: Florida Atlantic or Miami
    Date: Saturday, Nov. 24
    Time: 4 or 6 p.m. CST
    Radio: WHET 97.7 FM
    Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole
    Saluki All Access (live audio)
    Live Video Stream
    Live Stats

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    TEAM FACTS
    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-2, 0-0 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Fourth Year (182-146 overall, 15-76 at SIU)
    Radford Highlanders (2-1, 0-0 Big South)
    Head Coach:
    Tajama Abraham Ngongba, Fifth Year (48-72 overall and at Radford)
    Florida Atlantic Owls (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
    Head Coach:
    Kellie Lewis-Jay, First Year (2-1 overall and at FAU)
    Miami Hurricanes (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
    Head Coach:
    Katie Meier, Eighth Year (204-141 overall, 128-96 at Miami)

    SIU AT UM THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
    Southern plays in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The Salukis open the tournament Friday against Radford and will either face Miami or Florida Atlantic Saturday. The event marks SIU’s first early-season non-conference tournament since the 2009-10 season when Southern played in the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, Calif.

    SIU VS. RADFORD
    Southern opens the UM Thanksgiving Tournament with its first ever matchup against Big South Conference member Radford. The Highlanders enter the tournament with a 2-1 record, having won their last two against UNC Greensboro and Bluefield after opening the season with a loss to Marshall. Radford has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by sophomore guard Ayana Avery with 12.3 points per game and senior guard Ashley Buckhannon with 12.0 points per game. Also for the Highlanders, sophomore forward Jordynn Gaymon averages 11.5 points per game and freshman guard Diani Mason averages 10.0 points per game.

    SIU VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
    Should the Salukis meet up with Florida Atlantic Saturday, it would be the first ever meeting between the two schools. FAU enters the tournament with a 2-1 record with wins over Georgia Southern and Jacksonville and a loss to Bethune-Cookman. The Owls also have four players averaging double figures in scoring through three games, led by junior guard Latavia Dempsey’s 15.0 points per game. Also for FAU, Chenise Miller averages 11.3 points per game, Takia Brooks averages 10.7 and Breana Turner averages 10.0.

    SIU VS. MIAMI
    Should the Salukis meet up with Miami Saturday, it would be the second meeting between the two schools. Miami won the only other matchup during the 1995-96 season when the teams met up in Miami. The Hurricanes sit at 2-1 with wins over North Florida and Richmond and a los to No. 20/15 Tennessee. Miami ranked No. 23/23 last week before dropping out of the top 25 following the loss to Tennessee. The Hurricanes are still receiving votes on both the AP and coaches polls. Sophomore guard Michelle Woods leads Miami with an average of 18.7 points per game while senior forward Morgan Stroman averages 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

    LEADING THE SALUKIS
    One of SIU’s two upper-classmen has led the Salukis in scoring through the first two games. Junior guard/forward Jordyn Courier has averaged 14.0 points per game to lead Southern to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Behind Courier, sophomore forward Alexus Patterson averages 9.5 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game while sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin averages 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

    SALUKIS STUMBLE AT LOYOLA
    A late-game surge by Loyola-Chicago lifted the Ramblers to an 82-73 win over SIU November 17 in Chicago. Loyola used a key 10-0 run late in the second half to overcome a two-point SIU lead with less than seven minutes remaining and Southern never recovered. Jordyn Courier led SIU with a career-best 19 points, six rebounds and three assists while Cartaesha Macklin scored 14 and Jameeka Bouie added 12 points. Alexus Patterson scored eight points and pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds for SIU.

    MACKLIN HITS HALF CENTURY
    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin became the fastest player in SIU history to reach 500 career points during Saturday’s loss to Loyola-Chicago. Macklin broke SIU’s freshman scoring record with 495 points last season and she tallied four points last Tuesday in SIU’s season-opener against Central Arkansas. Her first field goal against the Ramblers pushed her over the milestone.

    SALUKIS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
    The UM Thanksgiving tournament marks SIU’s first visit to Florida since the 2004-05 season when the Salukis played a pair of games in the Sunshine State against Bethune-Cookman and Stetson. The trip will be a homecoming of sorts for SIU sophomore Cartaesha Macklin and freshman Dyana Pierre, who are both native Floridians.

    PIERRE JOINS SWAT TEAM
    Dyana Pierre became only the second SIU player in the last 12 years (CiCi Shannon) to block five shots in a game with her five blocks against Loyola-Chicago. That total is tied for the eighth-highest single-game total in SIU history.

    FREE THROW WOES
    Through its first two games, SIU has shot a total of 20 free throws while allowing its first two opponents a combined 72 free throw attempts. Saluki opponents have scored a combined 52 points from the charity stripe, accounting for 37 percent of SIU’s points allowed thus far. Southern was whistled for a combined 49 fouls in the two games to its opponents’ 26.


     

     

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