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
College of the Canyons: Two-time All-American...Won the California Junior College State Championship as a freshman...Finished fourth at the California Junior College State Championship as a sophomore...Won the conference tournament as a sophomore...Kept a scoring average of 75.8 as a sophomore in junior college...Won five tournaments in the fall semester of her sophomore year at College of the Canyons.
High School: Athlete of the Year selection as a senior...Held the school's low stroke average in both her junior and senior years...Two-time City of Lakewood Hall of Fame selection...Second-team Dream Team selection as a junior...Honorable mention Dream Team selection as a sophomore.
Personal: Daughter of Sandra and Herman Grimes...Grandfather, Hermon L. Grimes, Sr., developed the official patent for the folding wing aircraft, which helped turn the tide in the Pacific during WWII, earning him a Purple Heart...Majoring in Global Management (International Business)...Born June 3, 1992, in Harbor City in Los Angeles, Calif...Has seven brothers and sisters...First African-American women's golfer in SIU history.