by Claire Patri
The Salukis women’s basketball team encountered the challenge of achieving a win against the
William Woods Owls at 6p.m. in SIU Arena this past Oct. 27. Named the 10th head coach in
Southern Illinois women’s basketball history in 2013, Cindy Stein prepared the Salukis for the
Owl defense, showing elements of teamwork and focus on a point gain. SIU players Oliva
Bowling out of New Haven, Ky., Kristen Nelson out of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Kim Nebo
out of Katy, Texas were some of the couple starting five lineup against Owls Bailey Rollins from
Windsor, Mo., Jasmine Brown from Georgetown, S.C., and Jess Schmidt from St. Charles, Mo.
that fall night. The first quarter opened with teamwork, hustle and execution by SIU who
challenged the athleticism performed by Owl Peyton Greenlee out of Marshfield, Mo. There
followed aggressive play by Owl Gebke at the ball net, as her team looked for their first point
shot in a while with a timeout called with 4 minutes left with the Salukis ahead 16-2. Owl
Greenlee’s determination was shown with 3 minutes left, 18-5 SIU. With SIU team’s second
team foul already accumulated of the first quarter, Salukis guard and forward Tiajaney Hawkins
from the east side of Chicago shots a 3 point shot bringing the score to 21-7 with Crawson
bringing the ball up the court again for another 2 point gain for SIU. Throughout the start of the
first half there were ball steals by SIU from the Owls, struggling to gain ball possession at a fast
pace with 23-9 with SIU fourth team foul. Owl Kennedy Volkart gets 3 point shot as Saluki
Lauren Hartman gains the rebound ending in the first quarter total 26-11.
The second quarter havey teamwork performed by William Woods to gain a point. With a foul,
Owl Lexy Ganaway receives her first personal. Salukis Brittany Patrick out of Bolingbrook, Ill.
demonstrated her leadership and defense being strong on her feet. Owl Gebke also shows her
team leadership, gaining a 2 point score for her team 47-28. She then takes the drive, comes up
short and the ball was taken away by SIU. Owl Bethany Bloss with a nice rebound. SIU has nice
passing among the Owls defense strategy. They take their official time out at 51-36 with a air
ball follow the conclusion of the third quarter at 51-40.
Hawkins with the rebound as there is a second time-out with 30-14 and 4 minutes left on the time
clock still in the first half. Nebo knocks in another point for SIU at 37-16 with Owls slacking
behind as a third time out was called with one minute left. Salukis win 11-11 in the second
Opens the third quarter with a 2 pointer showing great teamwork and trust for each others ability
to execute a shot. There was a tip away by the Owls, SIU grabs ending in Bowling earning her
first personal foul. During this quarter, SIU and Owls get a little more aggressive. A lot of
dysfunction, fumbles seen by Owl defense ending in not much points. Salukis guard Kylie
Giebelhausen out of East Peoria, Ill. takes her time to execute a point gain. Under a minute,
attempted pass gains SIU with the ball and aggressive finish. 74-57 is the score with SIU having
a very dominant game. Owl Brown under pressure gets help from Gebke with 50 secs left to go
ending with Bowling earning another personal foul. Number 18 has good drive and execution
with SIU Carlie Corrigan out of Plainfield, Ill. regaining a rebound from Owls as guard and
forward Caitlyn Claussen out of Manhattan, Kan. wide-open for a gain under 10 secs left in the
Beginning the last quarter strong and fast pace as SIU does trick moves, fake passes to confuse
Owl defense. Corrigan had nice hustle and determination performance as Salukis Nicole Martin
earns the rebound and gets a point for SIU. Owl Bailey Rollins out of Windsor, Mo. executes
points for Owls at score 64-47. Brown showed nice drive, speed down the court to get points
although getting her first personal foul pushing off Martin. There was an official time out called
after both teams hustle for the ball ending up out of bounds with under 4 minutes left. This game
ended with a Salukis win 42-60 overall.
By Matthew Schneider
On Saturday the Salukis looked to pick up a win after losing to Wichita State on Monday. The would take on the Evansville Purple Aces. Evansville is last place in the Missouri Valley Conference and is 0-8 in MVC play. SIU is 6-2 in the Valley. SIU hadn’t lost to Evansville at home since Nov. 10, 2006. Their lost loss to Evansville was a 3-0 defeat on Nov. 28, 2011 in Evansville.
The first set the Salukis had no trouble winning easily 25-14. Abby Barrow led the way with five kills. Meg Viggars and Hannah Kaminsky led the wat with six assists each. The Purple Aces came out of the gate slow and they were never able to get back into the opening set. Joselyn Coronel, Cathy Schreiber, and Mildrelis Rodriguez each had three kills. Jelena Merseli led the Purple Aces with six assists.
The second set was a lot closer for Evansville, but the Salukis still won the set 25-23. The Salukis had a total of 24 kills in the second set and were led by Barrow with six kills. Meg Viggars and Alex Rosignol each contributed with four kills each. Meg Viggars also led the team with eleven assists in the second set and Hannah Kaminsky contributed ten assists as well. Mildrelis Rodriguez led Evansville with seven kills. Cathy Schreiber added six kills in what was the best set played by the Purple Aces.
The third set was mostly dominated by Southern Illinois 25-18. Meg Viggars and Abby Barrow had another good set and Alex Rosignol came alive in the second set.
Southern Illinois won the match in straight sets and improved to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in the MVC. Evansville fell to 4-18 and is still without a win in the MVC at 0-9. Abby Barrow had a great game by leading the team in kills. Hannah Kaminsky added two aces and Viggars added another for a solid game from SIU. Rodriguez tried everything she could to try and keep Evansville relevant in the match, but it was no match against the second best team in the Missouri Valley.
Evansville will travel to Northern Iowa and Drake for back-to back matches on October 21st and 22nd before heading home to Bradley on the 28th. SIU will to Drake and then Northern Iowa for back-to-back matches on October 21st and 22nd. They will return home to face Loyola and Bradley for back-to-back matches on the 28th and 29th.both those games will be at Davies Gym and will start at 7 o’clock. You can also listen to those on WIDB.net The Revolution.
By Patrick Codo
The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team is 6-1 on the fall season. They are coming off a 8-0 win over the Rend Lake Warriors. Both pitchers Savanna Dover and Hannah Poynter had over 100 pitches which totaled for over 200 pitches in the game but both teams with different directions with that momentum. In the 6th inning the Warriors had most of their batters on base. Most of the Saluki scoring came in the fourth and fifth inning.
Sydney Jones hit a single to bring in Maddy Vermejann to make it 1-0 Salukis. Then Sydney Decker hit double that brought in Jones to make it 2-0 Salukis. Jessa Thomas had a sacrifice fly in the that brought in Decker for the Saluki 3-0 lead
In the fifth had themselves a rally with a bunch of scoring runs. Susie Baranski had a solo home run to give the salukis a 4-0 lead. Then came a rally of errors by the Warriors. With Maddy Vermejan and Merri Patterson on base Hannah Poynter threw a wild pitch and the Warrior defense collapsed with a bunch of errors and allowed 3 runs to score to give the Salukis a 7-0 lead.
Savanna Dover played a really good game as she only allowed 6 runners on base. 3 of them hits and 3 of them walks. The fielding was able to keep the shutout as the Salukis ended the 6th inning with a double play. Dover’s pitching performance was enough for the Salukis to get the 8-0 victory.
The Salukis will rap of their fall ball season with St. Louis later today.
By Patrick Codo
The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team has finished its fall play season with a win over St. Louis 5-1 which puts them at a 7-1 finish on the fall season.
Brianna Jones and Maddie Baalman both went at it as both defenses were in a battle throughout the game. The Salukis were able to get their first 2 runs by Brittany Turners scoring on a dead ball and there was a controversy ball 4 call that brought in Savanna Fisher.
In the 4th inning Mackenzie Peter hits a solo to get the first score for the Billikens but were still trailing 2-1 to the Salukis. Both the pitching for St. Louis and Southern Illinois were in a struggle so after 4 there was a pitching change for both teams. For the Billikens they brought in Kallen Loveless and for Southern Illinois. Both teams made the change in the 5th inning.
There really wasn’t a lot of hits for both team just mostly walks but St. Louis got its first hit in the in the 3rd inning with a Emma Buckles double and for the Salukis a Sydney Jones single. Maddy Vermejan was able to bring Susie Baranski to make it 3-1 dawgs. Then Merri Patterson was able to double that by bringing in Maddy Vermejan and Eyrykia Brandenburg to give the Salukis a safe 5-1 lead. In the 7th the Salukis were able to put away the Billikens with some strikeouts and fly outs.
The Salukis should have a good few months before they get back into action come late February early March.