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Salukis fall to Loyola, diminishing March Madness hopes

By: Ethan Cox

The Salukis continued their losing streak on Saturday night, dropping to their fourth loss in a row. The 4-8 Loyola Ramblers came to Carbondale and notched a 73-59 win against the now 7-5 Salukis.

“We didn’t shoot. We didn’t guard. We didn’t anything” said SIU head coach Barry Hinson.Since the loss, the Salukis fell from 2nd place in the conference to 4th place.

The game started off very slow offensively for both teams with Loyola scoring nine points in six minutes and the Salukis going on an early scoring drought that lasted three minutes.

Midway through the half, the Ramblers began to pull away after consecutive slam dunks from Rambler F Montel James.

20-13 Loyola with 10:00 left in the half.

Loyola quickly went on to a hot streak of momentum, nailing seven consecutive field goals in a matter of a few minutes. SIU could not respond.

One Saluki who stood out from the rest was F Sean O’Brien who was 5-6 from the field and was the first player of the two teams to record double digits in points at 11.

The Salukis went on a streak of their own to close out the half, but it would not be enough to level the score.

Halftime: Ramblers 30 – 26 Salukis

The second half was the falling point for the Salukis, hitting a measly 2 of 11 field goals before going on a seven minute scoring drought.

“We showed a lack of effort during that sequence” admitted Saluki G Anthony Beane.

During the SIU scoring drought, Loyola went on a 10-0 scoring run, practically putting the game out of reach for the Salukis.

51 of the 73 Rambler points came from off the bench.

Beane attempted to lead a comeback for his team, scoring 16 points in just one half, bringing his team to within 10 of Loyola.

The Salukis continued with their recent bad form and could not catch up to Loyola.

Final: Ramblers 73 – 59 Salukis

The Salukis next game will be at Indiana State on February 10th at 6:00 pm


WBB: Illinois State at SIU

By Andy Ross

The Salukis held off a charging Illinois State squad that outscored the Salukis 24-19 in the fourth quarter. Saluki head coach Cindy Stein switched to a full court press halfway through the fourth quarter while still up 15 to catch them off guard. Players Kylie Giebelhausen and Azia Washington did not expect Illinois State was going to come back at that point when the defense made the switch. But the Redbirds went on a 9-0 run with two and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to six. The Salukis had to rely on the free throw shooting of Giebelhausen and junior guard Rishonda Napier to close out the game.

The story of the day was Washington, who had another double double in the absence of senior forward Dyana Pierre. Washington had 15 points along with 11 rebounds to lead the Salukis in the ladder. Stein says there is no timetable for Pierre’s return but she is jogging and is not rushing her to get back.

Giebelhausen was a stat sheet stuffer on the night with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks on the day. The sophomore guard played every single minute for the team on the day and did not complain about being tried. Stein noted that they have harder practices than games sometimes so the players should be in good enough shape that they can all go 40 minutes a night. Napier was right behind Giebelhausen as she poured in 39 minutes on the day.

The Salukis also saw some production from junior forward Kim Nebo, who had 10 points and a steal. Her and Washington have really stepped up in the absence of Pierre and the players are glad to see the production. Washington noted that she missed having Pierre out on the floor but the team is playing well without her so they don’t notice much of a difference. Stein also noted that the guard play could have been better, specifically citing the poor play by senior guard Cartaesha Macklin, who compiled a modest 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Salukis swept Illinois State and Indiana State at home for the first time since the 96-97 season. The team moved to 13-8 and 6-3 in conference play and will face Loyola on the road on Friday, February 5th. The game will be at 7PM.

Salukis survive tough test at home

By Daniel Hartman

Coming off a two game losing streak, without Dyana Pierre, the women’s basketball team needed a spark. They found it in some familiar faces off the bench. Azia Washington, Carlie Corrigan, and Celina VanHyfte carried a huge load for the Salukis in this one.

Washington slid into Pierre’s slot in the starting lineup and had herself a game. She put up seven points in the first quarter, and finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal in only 15 minutes.

As Coach Cindy Stein said, “Its good to get her early, when she still has some spark in her legs.”

VanHyfte came off the bench to lead all players in rebounding for the game. She corralled nine boards, double her season average. Corrigan added 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist to add some punch off the pine. “There’s nothing like having a Carlie Corrigan come off the bench and hit three’s for ya,” said Coach Stein.

The starters pulled their weight in this one as well. Cartaesha Macklin put up a 19/4/4 game, with a steal, Rishonda Napier added 15 points, and 9 dimes, and Kylie Giebelhausen stuffed the stat sheet with a 10/4/4/3/3 line as well.

There was a noticeable difference in the team after the half. Mackling shared the message from Stein in the locker room. “She challenged us in the locker room to get back to Saluki basketball, and we did it for her.”

If we didn’t know what Saluki basketball was before the half, we do now. It’s turning up the defensive pressure and getting out on the break. The Salukis finished with 4 blocks and 9 steals, 3 and 5 coming after the break respectively. As Coach Stein pointed out, “Thank goodness for second halves huh?”

The Salukis closed the game on a 37-16 run spanning the last two quarters. Their next game is Sunday, January 31, against Illinois State at 2 pm.


SIU loses heartbreaker to Purple Aces in MVC battle

By Steve Maves

The Southern Illinois Salukis fell in a 85-78 heart breaker to the Evansville Purple Aces on Thursday night at SIU Arena in overtime.

The game was a battle from the beginning really showing why these two teams are at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. SIU had momentum throughout the first half as senior Anthony Beane scored 18 of the teams 35 first half points on 8 of 12 shooting, but again SIU was unable to close out the half. The Salukis turned the ball over with under 6 seconds left in the half and the MVC leading scorer D.J. Balentine hit a three pointer at the top of the key as time expired to bring the Aces to within 3.

The second half was much of the same as these two teams battled back and forth throughout and the Purple Aces were able to tie the game at 37 and started to gain momentum, but SIU coach Barry Hinson let the team play it out and good thing he did. With the score 44-42 Beane was able to get the foul line and make one of two, but with a defensive stop SIU started to gain momentum again as Beane nailed a three pointer from the right wing to increase the lead to six then a Mike Rodriguez steal and bucket forced Evansville to call a timeout trailing by 8.

After that Evansville timeout it was a nail-bitter the rest of the game. Evansville was able to tie the game back up at 50 and take their first lead with just over 11 minutes left in the second half.

SIU continued to show their relentlessness as they were able to increase their lead with 1:35 to 68-65, but a three pointer by Aces Mislav Brzoja tied the game up with 33 seconds left.

The Salukis were running down the clock to get a final shot and with 10 seconds left Bola Olaniyan caught the pass from Anthony Beane under the basket with no where to go and the shot clock running down. Olaniyan found Leo Vincent behind the three-point line of the left wing and Vincent drilled the shot and the crowd of over 6,300 went crazy.

Evansville still had a chance with just over 6 seconds left they were able to move the ball to just past half court using timeouts they had it in a good position to run a play with 4.9 seconds left.

Everyone in the arena knew that Balentine was going to get the ball for a game tying shot and that is exactly who got it. With Leo Vincent guarding him Balentine received the ball and took three dribbles to his left made a step back move and shot over Vincent for a game tying three, which sent the game into overtime.

There was a lot of talk about fouling or not fouling and Coach Barry Hinson talked about the plan to foul during that play.

“We were going to foul,” Hinson said, “I went and talked to both officials and told them we were going to foul.”

After that shot by Balentine the game was all but over for SIU as they were all hanging their heads and had no energy left to play another 5 minutes. And that is exactly what happened, as Evansville was able to jump out quick in the overtime period and outscored SIU 14-7 in the extra period.

This was a very hard fought game by both teams and a very emotional way to end a great game.

“This one hurt a lot,” Hinson said. “Thirteen guys in that locker room, and some of them were crying.”

Evansville was led in scoring by D.J. Balentine with 25 on 8 of 18 shooting and a career night from Mislav Brzoja also with 25 on 9 of 12 shooting. The Purple Aces had four players in double digits. They scored 34 points in the paint and 25 points off the bench, which all came from Brzoja.

SIU was led in scoring by Anthony Beane with 30 on 10 of 21 from the field and also Sean O’Brien who pitched in 16 on 7 of 13 shooting. The Salukis had 14 offensive rebounds and 15 2nd chance points they also lead the game for just over 34 minutes.

Evansville’s next game will be Sunday afternoon at MVC leader Wichita State at 3 pm on ESPNU.

SIU’s next game is also Sunday as they head to Northern Iowa at 3 pm on ESPN3. SIU beat Northern Iowa earlier this season 75-73, but the Salukis have never won at McLeod Center 0-11 all-time.