The most wonderful time of the year

As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, three NCAA Tournament games were complete. All three games were upsets. Thursday through Sunday is the most exciting time of the year for me. It’s constant basketball and every game is a crapshoot. I always find myself skipping ... Continue Reading →

Kid in a candy store, part two

My first Arch Madness as a sports reporter has so far been exciting, overwhelming and stressful all wrapped into one. The butterflies started Thursday when I was walking to the back entrance of the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It was only an afternoon ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs leap into quarterfinals

The Salukis were able to deliver on senior day and claim the sixth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in front of a sold out crowd at SIU Arena. For the first time since March 1, 2008, SIU (13-19, 9-9) was able to play in front of a full ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs beat Bears for fourth straight

For the first time since 2008, the Salukis have a four- game winning streak in the Missouri Valley Conference. With the excitement surrounding SIU’s All-Century Team, the Salukis (10-15, 6-6) continued their momentum Saturday to beat Missouri State ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore guard Anthony Beane goes for a reverse layup Wednesday during the Salukis’ 79-60 victory over the Indiana State University Sycamores at SIU Arena. Beane finished the game with a career-high 22 points. The Salukis, now 3-6 in conference play will take on Loyola University Saturday at 3:05 p.m. at SIU Arena. –Sarah Gardner | Daily Egyptian

Salukis trounce Sycamores

On a cold night SIU was hot and burned the Sycamores’ chances of going to 8-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference trouncing the number two team 79-60. “It’s been well documented that I’ve gotten after these guys after losses,” Coach ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore guard Hannah Shores, right, looks to pass over
University of Evansville freshman guard Paris McLeod, left, Sunday
at SIU Arena. The Salukis defeated the Purple Aces 66-57. Shores
contributed three assists and nine rebounds while sophomore
forward Dyana Pierre led the team with 24 points. The women’s
basketball team will travel to Wichita, Kansas, on Friday to take on
Wichita State University.
REMY ABROUGHT • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis flush out Aces

After a week of rest, the SIU women’s basketball team (4-14, MVC 2-5) gave an enormous effort against the University of Evansville (7-11, MVC 2-5) and topped the Purple Aces 66-57. The Salukis collected their first win in six games and added a second ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson drives past a Drake University player Wednesday during the Salukis' 57-54 loss at SIU Arena. Jackson finished with 15 points and was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. SIU drops to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Sarah Gardner | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis go down in dog fight

After shooting less than 43 percent from the free-throw line, the Salukis have nowhere to place the blame except on themselves. The Drake University Bulldogs (10-9, 2-5) entered the game in last place of the Missouri Valley Conference, but that spot will ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson drives past a Drake University player Wednesday during the Salukis' 57-54 loss at SIU Arena. Jackson finished with 15 points and was 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. SIU drops to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Sarah Gardner | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis go down in dog fight

After shooting less than 43 percent from the free-throw line, the Salukis have nowhere to place the blame except on each other. The Drake University Bulldogs (10-9, 2-5) entered the game in last place of the Missouri Valley Conference but that spot will ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore guard Jalen Pendleton takes a jump shot Jan. 14 during
the Salukis’ 68-66 win against the University of Northern Iowa at
SIU Arena. Pendleton tallied eight points Friday as the Salukis were
defeated 66-60 by Bradley University at the Peoria Civic Center. SIU
hosts Drake University at 7:05 p.m. at SIU Arena.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis must win key games down the stretch

After their upset of Northern Iowa University on Wednesday, the Salukis could not keep the ball rolling as they fell to the Bradley University Braves Friday by six points. SIU’s second half against the Panthers was one of the best halves it has played ... Continue Reading →
Junior guard Mercedes Griffin charges past
an Illinois State University player Friday
during the women’s 76-59 loss to the
Redbirds. Griffin finished the game with 14
points, 10 of them from free throws.
REMY ABROUGHT · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Women drop fifth straight

The Salukis put up a fight Sunday, but it was not enough to overcome the undefeated conference team as they took a near 20-point loss to Indiana State University at SIU Arena. Prior to the 63-44 loss to the Sycamores, the team took a tough 76-59 loss ... Continue Reading →
Freshman forward Kim Nebo, left, and sophomore forward Dyana Pierre scrimmage Tuesday during practice at the SIU Arena. Pierre is
ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference in both scoring and rebounding. Pierre and sophomore teammate Azia Washington are
the only two players who have started every game this season. The SIU women’s basketball team will play at home Friday against Illinois
State University.
REMY ABROUGHT · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis play clean with ‘Dirty Dyana’

As the women’s basketball team sprints down court before a play is called, and are appointed to their position, “Dirty?” a Saluki teammate yells. While the opposing team looks around in confusion, one Saluki gives off a sense of laughter and shakes ... Continue Reading →
Junior guard Dawson Verhines dives for a loose ball Tuesday against University of Northern Iowa defenders at SIU Arena. The Salukis
trailed most of the game but were able to tie the game at 66 with 29.3 seconds left to play. After a timeout, senior Desmar Jackson hit a
jump shot with five seconds left to lift the Salukis to a 68-66 win over the Panthers. The win brings the team’s record to 6-12 for the season
heading into Friday’s game against Bradley University at the Peoria Civic Center.
CHRIS ZOELLER · FOR THE DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis outlast Panthers in final seconds

The Salukis pulled together a strong start and an even better finish to earn their first home win of the season. The University of Northern Iowa (9-8, 3-2) came into SIU Arena third in the Missouri Valley Conference looking to grab a crucial road win ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson goes in for a layup
against Egidiju Mockevicius Saturday during the
Salukis 75-69 loss to the University of Evansville at
SIU Arena. Jackson put up 13 points during the game.
The Salukis will take on Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday at SIU Arena.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Playing time must be earned, quickly

For the first time since December, it was a relatively quiet week away from the court for the SIU men’s basketball team. The Salukis were able to beat conference newcomer Loyola University on the road Wednesday, but could not stop D.J. Balentine and ... Continue Reading →
Junior guard Mike Balogun protects the ball Saturday during the
Salukis’ 75-69 loss to the University of Evansville at SIU Arena. Balogun,
filling in for sophomore Marcus Fillyaw, scored 15 points, all coming
from three-pointers in 22 minutes of play. SIU, now 5-12 overall and
1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference, will take on the University of
Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at SIU Arena.
SARAH GARDNER • DAILY EGYPTIAN

Purple Aces stack the deck against Salukis

The top two scorers in the Missouri Valley Conference entered SIU Arena Saturday, but only one was able to propel his team to victory. Evansville University (8-9, 1-3 MVC) won its first five games of the season, but is only 3-9 since its initial winning ... Continue Reading →

Iowa weekend drops SIU 1-3 in MVC

After spending the weekend in Iowa and playing back-to-back games, the Salukis left the Hawkeye State without a win. The women’s team started its trip Wednesday afternoon before preparing themselves for Drake University Friday and the University of ... Continue Reading →
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