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    Nov. 26, 2013

    Southern Illinois (0-4) at Marshall (1-3)
     Date Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
     Time 11 a.m. CT
     Location Huntington, W. Va. - Cam Henderson Center (9,048)

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    By Tyler Wooten

    HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Saluki women's basketball hits the road to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.

    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-4)
    Head Coach:
    Cindy Stein • First Season • 282-210 overall (17th season) • 0-4 at SIU

    Marshall Thundering Herd (1-3)
    Head Coach:
    Matt Daniel • Second Season • 82-74 overall (sixth season) • 10-24 at Marshall

    Bryce Williams (second season)
    Color Commentary: Logan Lee (first season)
    Station: WHET 97.7 FM (audio also available on Saluki All-Access)

    The all-time series between the Salukis and the Herd is tied at 1-1 dating back to 1993 when SIU won 78-62 in Carbondale. The two schools revived the matchup last season when Marshall returned to Carbondale and came out with a narrow victory over the Salukis, 70-66.

    MARSHALL 70, SIU 66 -- DEC. 8, 2012
    The Salukis shot 47.3 percent from the field, but Marshall's size and rebounding ability created runs that Southern couldn't match as the Thundering Herd hung on for a 70-66 victory over SIU in Carbondale on Dec. 8, 2012. Southern had three players in double-figures -- including a double-double by Dyana Pierre (14 points, 16 rebounds) -- but the Salukis were outworked on the glass as they were out-rebounded 44-30, including 20 Marshall offensive rebounds that led to 21 second-chance points for the Herd. Rishonda Napier (20 points, 4-of-9 from three) and Cartaesha Macklin (15 points, 7-of-10 from the field) each scored in double figures.

    The Herd narrowly missed their first D-I victory of the season after the Sycamores sunk two last-second free throws to defeat Marshall 68-67 on Nov. 24. Indiana State's Lashonda Littleton hit the game winning free throws with 1.7 seconds on the clock to cap off an improbable comeback. The Herd led by as many as 20 with 8:37 to go, but Indiana State scored 16 unanswered over the next four minutes to make it a game once again. The Herd shot better than the Sycamores and had four players in double figures, but fouls killed Marshall as Indiana State shot 30-of-43 from the free thow line.

    A 22.6 percent clip from the field wasn't good enough for the Salukis to hang with the high-flying offense of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, as SIU fell 78-43 on Nov. 21 at the State Farm Center. The Salukis got another double-double from Dyana Pierre (10 points, 12 rebounds), but there wasn't enough production from the rest of the team to hang with Illinois' four players in double figures. Amber Moore of the Illini was 4-of-10 from beyond the arc for 14 points, and Jacqui Grant led the game with 15 points. Preseason MVC all-conference honoree Cartaesha Macklin -- just one game after scoring her 1,000th career point -- was held scoreless until the 5:57 mark in the second half when she scored her lone layup of the game. "If we hit some of those wide-open shots it's a different ball game, and we didn't," said SIU head coach Cindy Stein.

    Sophomore Dyana Pierre has been on fire from the field thus far in 2013-14, as she currently sits at second in the conference with a field goal percentage of 59.5. Last week alone Pierre shot 10-of-19 (.526) from the field in SIU losses at IPFW and Illinois. On the season Pierre has shot 22-of-37 from the field in her 29.8 minutes per game.

    Pierre is currently averaging a double-double on the season with 13.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native has notched three double-doubles in four games this season to give her 11 such feats in her SIU career at the onset of only her second season at Southern. She currently leads the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding and ranks 14th in scoring.

    The Salukis have been impressive in the post thus far in 2013-14, thanks in part to the superb inside play of Dyana Pierre and Azia Washington. In addition to Pierre's accolades, Washington has been making a name for herself in the rebounding game as well. So far, Washington -- who has started all four games at power forward -- is averaging 5.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, the latter of which ranks as the eighth-best mark in the Valley. Together, Pierre and Washington have helped SIU to a +1.0 rebounding margin -- the third-best margin in the MVC.

    On Nov. 18, junior guard Cartaesha Macklin became the 28th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 career point milestone with her 12-point performance at IPFW. Macklin, who currently sits at 1,006 career points, is the current active scoring leader in the MVC and she sits within less than 100 points of cracking the top-20 all-time at SIU. In two seasons at SIU, Macklin has averaged 480.0 points per season. If she were to remain on that pace, Macklin would rank fifth all-time at the end of the 2013-14 season. Thus far, Macklin is averaging 11.5 points and 2.8 assists per game.

    Cartaesha Macklin went 10-of-11 from the charity stripe against the Lady Govs for half of her point total on Nov. 12 against Austin Peay. So far in 2013-14, Macklin leads the Salukis with a 12-of-16 (.750) mark from the free throw line. In her time at Southern, Macklin has been no stranger to the free throw line. In 65 games at SIU she's made 301 free throws in 411 tries, which ranks third and fourth all-time at SIU, respectively.

    Walk-on sophomore Hannah Shores has made her presence known in the first three games of the 2013-14 season. Shores, a native of nearby Centralia, Ill., has notched 6.3 points in 20.0 minutes per game so far this season. Shores earned her first career start at IPFW on Nov. 18, where she played 23 minutes and scored a career-high nine points. She is currently 3-of-5 from beyond the arc -- the best clip from three on the team.

    As a team, though, SIU has not been consistent from the free-throw line. After a significant improvement from the Wright State game (3-13) to the Austin Peay matchup (18-24), Southern sunk back into its free-throw shooting woes with an 8-of-20 mark from the charity stripe against IPFW on Nov. 18. On the season, SIU is shooting 53.1 percent on its free throw attempts against 68.6 percent from its opponents.

    Turnovers have plagued the Salukis thus far in 2013-14, as they have averaged 19.5 turnovers opposed to the 11.8 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. It was more of the same against IPFW on Nov. 18, when the Mastodons scored 23 points off Saluki turnovers against 11 points SIU scored off IPFW missteps.

    After outshooting both Wright State (.408) and Austin Peay (.406), the Salukis have slowed down after being outshot by IPFW (.446) and Illinois (.226). Southern posted its best mark of the season against the Mastodons and preseason Summit League player of the year Amanda Hyde on Nov. 18, but followed that up with the worst SIU shooting performance from the field since Jan. 29, 2011 (Indiana State, 22.6) against the Illini on Nov. 21.

    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.