Dec. 6, 2011
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks to end a two-game losing streak as the Salukis welcome IUPUI to SIU Arena Thursday.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site: SIU Arena (8,339)
Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
Color commentary by Johnny Sole
Southern Illinois Salukis (2-4, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Head Coach: Missy Tiber, Third Year (176-126 overall, 9-56 at SIU)
IUPUI Jaguars (4-4, 1-1 Summit League)
Head Coach: Austin Parkinson, Second Year (8-28 overall and at IUPUI)
SIU VS. IUPUI
Thursday’s matchup will mark the second-ever meeting between the two schools as the Jaguars topped the Salukis 65-48 last season in Indianapolis. IUPUI split its first two Summit League games of the season last weekend, defeating North Dakota State and falling to South Dakota State in Indianapolis. The Jaguars are led in scoring by the duo of Kerah Nelson and Katie Comello, who average 13.8 and 13.0 points respectively. Nelson also leads IUPUI in rebounding at 5.9 per game while Nevena Markovic is close behind with 5.8 rebounds per game to go with her average of 10.5 points. The Jaguars present a solid defense, averaging 10.6 steals per game and forcing an average of 20.4 turnovers per game.
SIUE TOPS SALUKIS IN OVERTIME
The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team couldn’t preserve a two-point lead to end regulation and SIU Edwardsville dominated the Salukis in overtime for a 70-60 win Saturday at SIU Arena. SIUE center Raven Berry corralled an offensive rebound and scored on a putback as time expired to force the extra period. The Cougars took advantage by scoring the first 10 in overtime, and the Salukis couldn’t recover. Cartaesha Macklin tied a season-best with 20 points to lead the Salukis while Teri Oliver added 12 points, four assists and three steals and Charnise Mitchell chipped in eight rebounds.
SHANNON’S TIES BLOCKS RECORD
Sophomore center CiCi Shannon blocked two shots Saturday against SIUE, officially tying Kathy Kampwerth (1985-89) for SIU’s career record in blocks at 102. Shannon leads the MVC and ranks seventh nationally with a season average of 3.7 blocks per game.
MACKLIN ON THE ATTACK
Saluki freshman Cartaesha Macklin has shined for SIU ever since being inserted into the starting lineup three games into the season. In her four starts, Macklin has averaged 17.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Macklin leads all MVC newcomers in scoring and rebounding with season averages of 14.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She has been to the free throw line an MVC-leading 37 times and ranks eighth in the Valley with a free throw percentage of 83.8 percent.