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
WGCA All-American Scholar
All-Conference selection...Tied for fifth at the MVC Championship...Tied for fourth in school history with 56 career rounds in the 70s...Won the Blue Raider Invitational, earning MVC Golfer of the Week honors...Finished with the third-best stroke average in the conference...Led the team in stroke average (77.5)...Posted three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes...Led the team with four par or better rounds...Competed in all 12 tournaments...Led the team in six tournaments...Posted 20 rounds in the 70s.
Earned All-Conference laurels after placing second at the MVC Championships...Played in all 11 tournaments...Placed in the top-five in eight tournaments...Won the Saluki Invitational and earned MVC Golfer of the Week honors for the win...Led the team in stroke average with a 76.4...Placed in the top five individuals in all five spring tournaments.
2010-11 (Freshman): Had a impressive freshman campaign including appearing in all 10 tournaments including a second place finish at the NIU Snowbird and tied for third at the MVC Championships....held the lowest team stroke average with a 77.8 with her low round of 72 at the NIU Snowbird...posted a tie fourth place at the Saluki Invitational with twin sister Ashleigh leading the Salukis to a first place finish for the first time since 2008....named MVC Player of the Week (3/23) for her performance at NIU Snowbird.
Pre-SIU: Attended Marion High School where she was named All-Conference and MVP all four years (co-MVP senior year)...named The Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while also being named Co-Player of the Year with twin sister Ashleigh in 2009...earned conference championships each of her four years and regional championships in three season...placed fourth in regionals her freshman year...placed sixth in sectionals as a freshman, runner up as a junior, and fourth as a senior...placed each of her four seasons at the state tournament (19th, 8th, 7th, and 11th, respectively).
Personal: Full name is Cassie Marie Rushing...twin sister of Ashleigh Rushing...is an undecided about a major...born Feb. 25, 1992 in St. Louis, Mo....daughter of Darron and Carol Rushing...also has a brother and sister who are also twins.