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    Dec. 3, 2013

    Southern Illinois (1-5) at SE Missouri State (2-6)
     Date Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
     Time 6:30 p.m. CT
     Location Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Show Me Center (7,000)
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    By Tyler Wooten

    Saluki women's basketball is looking for its second straight victory Wednesday night when it will travel to Southeast Missouri State to take on the Redhawks, with tipoff scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at the Show Me Center.

    Southern Illinois Salukis (1-5)
    Head Coach: Cindy Stein • First Season • 283-211 overall (17th season) • 1-5 at SIU

    Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (2-6)
    Head Coach:
    Ty Margenthaler • Third Season • 20-46 overall (third season) • 20-46 at SEMO

    Play-By-Play: Bryce Williams (second season)
    Color Commentary: Logan Lee (first season)
    Station: WVZA 105.1 FM (audio also available on Saluki All-Access)


    Southern leads the all-time series against the Redhawks 24-6 dating back to the first matchup in 1962. The two schools revived the regional rivalry last season after taking a seven-year hiatus. Until last year, SIU had not beaten SEMO since Dec. 5, 1981 (at SEMO, 68-55) and had lost four in a row to the Redhawks when the rivalry was renewed in the 2000s.

    Overall, SIU is 58-30 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference -- which includes a 1-4 mark versus Southeast Missouri State since they joined in 1991. The Salukis only hold a losing record against two other teams -- Tennessee Tech (10-13) and Austin Peay (1-4) -- and hold a winning or even record with the remaining eight schools: Murray State (35-5), Tennessee State (3-1), Eastern Illinois (2-0), Eastern Kentucky (2-0), Western Kentucky (2-1), Middle Tennessee State (1-1) and SIU Edwardsville (1-1).

    SIU 58, SEMO 57 -- DEC. 5, 2012
    Southern claimed its first win against the Redhawks since 1981 with a dramatic 58-57 buzzer-beater victory over Southeast Missouri State in Carbondale on Dec. 5, 2012. Tied 57-57 with 0.5 seconds to go, the Redhawks put Cartaesha Macklin on the line for two shots. Macklin hit the first, and that was all it took for a Saluki victory. SEMO led by two with 0:17 to play after Macklin sank two free throws. On the ensuing possession, Azia Washington nabbed a steal and dished the ball to Rishonda Napier for a jumper to tie the game with nine seconds left. After being up by as many as 11 early in the second half, the Redhawks went on a 16-3 tear to take the lead for the first time at 13:31. The game went back and forth the remainder of the way, but Southern's defense kept the Redhawks within striking distance, and it proved crucial in the end. Washington led SIU with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Rishonda Napier (11 points) and Jameeka Bouie (10 points) also scored in double digits, while center Dyana Pierre hauled in 12 boards.

    NEW MEXICO 73, SEMO 55
    An impressive second half just wasn't enough to overcome a heavy first-half burden against the New Mexico Lobos in a 73-55 loss at the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 30. Southeast outscored New Mexico 38-36 in the second half, but the first-half score of 37-17 ended up being to deep a hole to dig out of. Both teams had three players in double-figures, but the discrepancy at the foul line ended up being the difference. The Lobos went 23-of-32 from the charity stripe opposed to SEMO's 11-of-16 clip.

    Southern staved off a late charge by the Central Arkansas in a 39-37 victory over the Sugar Bears at the Farris Center on Dec. 2. The victory ends a six game losing streak dating back to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and it snaps a 21-game regular season skid dating back to Jan. 5, 2013. The Salukis took their largest lead of the game with 0:51 left to play after a pair of Cartaesha Macklin free throws put SIU up 38-33. UCA quickly closed the gap to 38-37 with consecutive layups on turnovers. The Sugar Bears put Hannah Shores on the line with 0:11 to go for a one-and-one, but missed her first. Luckily for Southern, Macklin was there for a clutch rebound and got fouled on her way up to the basket. Macklin hit her second attempt with 0:07 left, and the Sugar Bears were unable to execute a play as time expired. Southern's defense was impeccable, holding UCA to 18 second-half points -- the lowest opponent output in a half versus SIU since Jan. 29, 2011, when SIU gave up 14 to Indiana State. Macklin (10 points) and Azia Washington (10 points, nine rebounds) led the way for SIU in the low-scoring affair.

    Southern, which came off of consecutive games of giving up more than 75 points, allowed only 37 points in a victory over the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears on Dec. 2. UCA, which was averaging 67.0 points per game entering the contest, shot 25.9 percent from the field and their best player -- Courtney Deuver (13.1 PPG) -- was held to three points, thanks in large part to the superb defense of Dyana Pierre (11 rebounds, six points, three blocks, three steals). The 18 points UCA scored in the second half are the fewest allowed by the Salukis since Jan. 29, 2011, when Southern allowed only 14 to Indiana State in the first half, and 37 points are the fewest given up since Dec. 10, 1988 when the Salukis held Central Michigan to 32.

    Sophomore Azia Washington has been a consistent producer for Southern's lineup so far in 2013-14, posting 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Salukis. Washington only played six minutes in the first half against the Sugar Bears, but her 19 minutes in the second half and 10 total points helped the Salukis secure victory against UCA.

    Sophomore center Dyana Pierre is off to an incredible start for the Salukis. Pierre currently leads Southern in scoring (12.7 PPG), rebounding (9.8 RPG), shooting (52.5 percent) and free throw attempts (29). The Port St. Lucia, Fla., native has posted a double-double in half of SIU's games thus far, and in the Missouri Valley Conference she currently ranks in the top-15 in blocked shots (first, 2.2 BBG), rebounding (third), field goal percentage (fourth) and scoring (14th).

    Sophomore Dyana Pierre has been on fire from the field in 2013-14, as she currently sits at fourth in the conference with a field goal percentage of 52.5. In a three-game stretch from Nov. 18-27, Pierre shot 17-of-31 (.548) from the field in SIU losses at IPFW, Illinois and Marshall. In six games, Pierre has only shot below 58 percent twice. At Marshall, Pierre scored an impressive 10 consecutive Saluki points over a five-minute span. So far, Pierre has shot 31-of-59 from the field in her 30.2 minutes per game.

    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 six games at power forward -- is averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Together, Pierre and Washington have helped SIU to a -2.5 rebounding margin -- the fifth-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 1,025 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 10.8 points and 3.3 assists per game -- the latter of which ranks seventh in the MVC.

    So far in 2013-14, Macklin leads the Salukis with a 21-of-27 (.778) mark from the free throw line -- which included a 10-of11 performance against Austin Peay at home on Nov. 12. In her time at Southern, Macklin has been no stranger to the free throw line. In 66 games at SIU she's made 310 free throws in 422 tries, which both rank third all-time at SIU. Macklin is on pace to become SIU's all-time leader in free throws made this season and be within 30 of the top-mark in free throws attempted at the end of the season.

    Walk-on sophomore Hannah Shores has made her presence known in the first five games of the 2013-14 season. Shores, a native of nearby Centralia, Ill., has notched 5.8 points in 22.7 minutes per game in six games played and two starts. 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 5-of-11 from beyond the arc -- the most three-point baskets for the Salukis so far this season.