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    Dec. 9, 2011

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois women's basketball team travels to Wright State Saturday for its first of five consecutive road games.

    Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
    Time: 1 p.m. CST
    Location: Dayton, Ohio
    Site: Nutter Center (11,019)

    Radio: 810 WDDD-AM
    Play-by-play by Patrick Erickson
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (3-4)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Third Year (177-126 overall, 10-56 at SIU)
    Wright State Raiders (4-3)
    Head Coach:
    Mike Bradbury, Second Year (74-58 overall, 24-16 at WSU)

    Saturday's matchup will mark the second-ever meeting between the two schools as the Raiders topped the Salukis 75-53 last season in Carbondale. Wright State recently ended a five-game road swing with a pair of losses last week at Morehead State and Dayton. Kim Demmings leads the Raiders in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game while Molly Fox averages 12.5 points in addition to 8.2 rebounds per game. Shaunda Sandifer leads WSU with an average of 8.7 rebounds per game while Demmings averages 3.4 assists per game.

    Southern Illinois guards Cartaesha Macklin and Teri Oliver combined for 49 points to lead the SIU to a 77-63 win over IUPUI Thursday night at SIU Arena. Macklin led all scorers with a career-high 27 points while Oliver added 22 to help the Salukis end a two-game losing streak and improve upon the team's win total from a year ago. Aso for the Salukis, freshman center Alexus Patterson posted career highs with eight points and 12 rebounds while Macklin added a career-high seven assists and Brooke LeMar chipped in six assists.



    Sophomore center CiCi Shannon blocked three shots in Thursday's win over IUPUI, officially taking over as SIU's all-time leader in career blocked shots at 107. Entering the game, Shannon sat tied with Kathy Kampwerth (1985-89) with 104 career blocks. Shannon leads the MVC with a season average of 3.6 blocks per game. She ranked seventh in the nation in blocks per game through last week.

    SIU has two of the top four scorers in the MVC in guards Teri Oliver and Cartaesha Macklin. Oliver is tied with Drake's Rachael Hackbarth for the Valley's lead in scoring average at 18.6 points per game while Macklin ranks fourth at 15.9 points per game. Macklin has averaged 19.2 points per game in her last five games since being inserted into Southern's starting lineup, including a 27-point outing against IUPUI. Oliver opened the season with a career-high 32 points against Austin Peay and has since had 18 or more in four games. Whereas Oliver does most of damage from long range, with an MVC-leading average of 3.4 3-pointers made per game, Macklin scores by driving to the hoop and either making layups or drawing fouls. Macklin has been to the free throw line an MVC-leading 47 times and ranks fifth in the Valley with a free throw percentage of 85.1 percent.83.8 percent.