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    Dec. 20, 2012

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team looks to avenge an overtime loss from last season Friday at SIU Edwardsville.

    Date: Friday, Dec. 21
    Time: 7 p.m. CST
    Location: Edwardsville, Ill.
    Site: Vadalabene Center (4,000)

    Radio: WHET 97.7 FM
    Play-by-play by Bryce Williams
    Color commentary by Johnny Sole

    The Last Meeting
    SIU Edwardsville70  
    Southern Illinois60(OT)
    December 3, 2011
    Carbondale, Ill.
    SIUE tops Women's Basketball 70-60 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.

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    Southern Illinois Salukis (1-8, 0-0 MVC)
    Head Coach:
    Missy Tiber, Fourth Year (183-152 overall, 16-82 at SIU)
    SIUE Cougars (6-5, 0-0 OVC)
    Head Coach:
    Paula Buscher, First Year (216-231 overall, 6-5 at SIUE)

    SIU has played its sister school twice in women’s basketball, splitting the all-time series. Last season, the Salukis fell to the Cougars in overtime in the first meeting between the two schools since 1975. SIUE enters Friday’s game with a 6-5 record after having a three-game winning streak broken Sunday at Indiana. Raven Berry leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding with an average of 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while Tierny Austin also figures for 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. SIUE is coached by first-year head coach Paula Buscher, who spent the last 12 seasons at Bradley.



    SIU couldn’t preserve a two-point lead to end regulation and SIUE dominated the Salukis in overtime for a 70-60 win last season 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 scored 20 points to lead the Salukis while Teri Oliver added 12 points, four assists and three steals and Charnise Mitchell chipped in eight rebounds.

    Cartaesha Macklin leads SIU and ranks ninth in the MVC with an average of 13.8 points per game while Rishonda Napier is second on the team at 9.7 points per game and Dyana Pierre is third with 8.0 points per game. Pierre leads the MVC in rebounding and blocks with averages of 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Napier and Macklin both average 2.7 assists per game.

    The Cougars are the last of three Ohio Valley Conference opponents the Salukis will face this season. Southern fell to OVC member Murray State December 1 before picking up its first win of the season over Southeast Missouri State December 5. Southern is 121-40 all-time against the current roster of OVC schools.

    Southern finishes its non-conference schedule against in-state schools SIU Edwardsville and Chicago State, having already played a non-conference game against Loyola-Chicago. Along with its conference matchups against Bradley and Illinois State, the Salukis will play seven total games in Illinois this year. SIU is 227-138 all-time against other Illinois schools.

    SIU is in the middle of its longest road swing of the season, which started Sunday at Missouri. The Salukis play three consecutive road games over the intercession and won’t be back at SIU Arena again until opening Missouri Valley Conference play January 3 against Creighton.

    Missouri put on a shooting clinic Sunday in Columbia, Mo., posting the highest scoring total ever by an SIU opponent and handing the Salukis their worst loss in program history. The Tigers shot 57.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range while SIU shot 28.8 percent overall and 15.8 percent from the 3-point range. Cartaesha Macklin led the Salukis with 13 points and seven rebounds while Azia Washington chipped in 10 points and six boards.

    Redshirt-freshman center Dyana Pierre leads the MVC and ranks 30th in the nation through last week’s games with an average of 10.4 rebounds per game. Pierre has had double-digit rebounds in five out of SIU’s last six games, averaging 13 boards per game over that span. She is the first Saluki since Stephany Neptune (2009-10) to have three games of 15-plus rebounds.