Saluki Women’s Basketball falls short to IUPUI

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SIU basketball player, Quierra Love, looks for an opening during the game against the Illinois State Redbirds Jan. 20, 2022 at the Banterra Center in Carbondale, Ill.

The Salukis fought until the last second against the IUPUI Jaguars, coming up short 80-76, putting them 0-2 on the season. 

In the first quarter, the Jags outscored the Dawgs 16-10. IUPUI kept the lead for most of the first half, until the Salukis’ only true freshman, Jaidynn Mason, made a jumper with 0:19 left to put the Salukis in the lead 39-35 going into the half. 

Early in the third quarter, the Jaguars and the Salukis were going point for point. The Salukis were put in the lead with a three-pointer by Aja Holmes, to take them into the fourth quarter. 

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With 2:08 left in the fourth quarter, a jumper by the Jags tied the game and they secured the win with six made free throws in the last 26 seconds. 

This was the first collegiate start for Saluki Freshman, Jaidynn Mason. Mason sot ⅚ on free throws and was tied as the second top scorer for the Dawgs with Tamara Nards, finishing with 13 points each.

Sophomore guard Tyranny Brown was the leading scorer for the Salukis, ending the game with 21 points. Behind Mason and Nards, Holmes came in with 11 points. 

The Salukis will travel to Evanston, IL on Saturday, Nov. 19 to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 2 p.m. 

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