Senior Cassie Rushing earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference honor.
SIU (608) sits nine strokes off of top-score Bradley (599) heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
SIU's first-round score of 300 is the lowest by the Salukis since March 15.
Southern also received two first-place votes behind favorite Wichita State.
Freshman Xianmei Jin finished in first place after shooting a 76, winning by two strokes.
Photos from the 2014 Saluki Invitational taken at Hickory Ridge Golf Course, 3.31.14
Two-time Missouri state individual champion (won team title both years)...Fourth person in Missouri history to win back-to-back titles...2011 champion squad set a Missouri state team stroke record of 91...2013 St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Golfer of the Year...Two-time member of Missouri's Four-State Championship team, which in 2012 won the title...Finished second in the St. Louis Women's District Golf Association Championship and second at the Gateway PGA Junior Championships, both in 2012.
Born Oct. 10, 1994 in St. Louis...Father is Frank Cusumano, an NBC KSDK Channel 5 sportscaster and a sports radio host on KFNS, both in the St. Louis area...Mother, Monique, is a nurse...Has two brothers, Dominic and Alex...Alex is also a collegiate golfer, an all-conference standout at Loyola.