Salukis host IPFW Thursday for Youth Day

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin.

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin.
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    Nov. 28, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team looks for its first win of the 2012-13 season Saturday as the Salukis host IPFW for Youth Day.

    Date: Thursday, Nov. 29
    Time: 12:05 p.m. CST
    Location: Carbondale, Ill.
    Site: SIU Arena (8,339)

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    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (0-4, 0-0 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (182-148 overall, 15-78 at SIU)
    IPFW Mastodons (2-3, 0-0 Summit League)
    Head Coach:
    Chris Paul, Eighth Year (83-122 overall and at IPFW)

    After a one-year hiatus, Saluki women's basketball will bring back its annual Youth Day game Thursday against IPFW. The event will bring about 450 kids from local schools to SIU Arena for a morning educational session followed by a noon tipoff against the Mastodons.

    Thursday's game marks the first ever meeting between SIU and IPFW. The Mastodons are the third consecutive first-time opponent for the Salukis (Radford, Florida Atlantic). IPFW enters the matchup with a 2-3 record. The Mastodons are coming off a 64-47 loss to in-state foe Indiana Monday night in Bloomington, Ind. Junior guard/forward Amanda Hyde leads IPFW with an average of 14.8 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds per game. Also for the Mastodons, sophomore guard Haley Seibert averages 9.5 points per game and junior guard Stefanie Mauk leads the team with an average of 7.0 rebounds per game.



    Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU in scoring through its first four games with an average of 16.0 points per game while sophomore Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 10.3 points per game and Alexus Patterson is third with 9.0 per game. Dyana Pierre leads the Salukis in rebounding with 7.8 per game and Patterson figures for 6.3 boards per game. Napier leads the Salukis with 13 assists while Alexus Patterson has a team-high seven steals and Pierre leads SIU with nine blocks.

    Southern played its worst game of the young season followed by its best game in a pair of losses in the UM Thanksgiving Classic Friday and Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. The Salukis opened the tournament with a rocky 85-62 loss to Radford before coming up just short in an 85-81 loss to Florida Atlantic. Rishonda Napier and Jameeka Bouie each had 17 points for the Salukis against Radford while Cartaesha Macklin poured in 34 points and Dyana Pierre posted 15 rebounds to lead SIU against FAU.

    Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin scored a career-high 34 points in Saturday's loss to Florida Atlantic, marking the fifth-highest single-game scoring total in SIU history and the most by and SIU player in 10 years. Her effort came four points shy of Sue Faber's school record of 38 from 1979. Macklin hit a career-best 10 field goals and tied a career best with 12 free throws made. Her 12 free throws made are tied for third in the SIU record book. Macklin hit her first five field goals and her first eight free throws without missing and scored 26 points in the first half alone.

    SIU struggled on the boards through its first three games of the season as teams out-rebounded the Salukis by an average of eight boards per game. Southern turned the tide against Florida Atlantic, however, pulling down 54 rebounds and out-rebounding the Owls by 15. Dyana Pierre led the charge with 15 boards for the Salukis. SIU's 54 rebounds were the team's most since pulling down 58 against Murray State during the 2009-10 season.

    SIU had its best free throw shooting performance of the season against Florida Atlantic, making 20 of 27 attempts for a 74.1 percent clip. The Salukis struggled from the line the three games prior, making just 21 of 38 attempts (55.1 percent). Southern's top free throw shooter last season, Cartaesha Macklin, had made just three of 10 attempts in her first three games before going 12-for-14 from the stripe against FAU.

    SIU has made more field goals than its opponents through the first four games of the season (100-98), but the Salukis average 12 fewer points per game than opponents. The differential comes from the free throw line. SIU has sent opponents to the line 148 times through four games. Saluki opponents average 26.8 points per game from the free throw line while SIU averages 10.3 points per game from the stripe. The Salukis have been whistled for 98 fouls thus far, an average of nearly 25 per game.