Not the Dawg’s Day; Saluki Women’s Basketball suffers 56-point loss to conference Rival Belmont on road

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Jaidynn Mason (22) jumps to shoot the ball over the guarding Braves of Bradley University Jan. 5, 2022 at the Banterra Center in Carbondale Ill.

The SIU women’s basketball team (7-10, 4-4 MVC) traveled to Nashville Sunday afternoon to take on the Bruins (9-10, 5-3 MVC) for their final game in their 4-game road series. It just wasn’t meant to be for the Dawgs today, as they suffered their second loss of the season of 50+ points. 

The dawgs only had one player reach double-digits in points, with Jaidynn Mason’s 11 points. No other Saluki starter had more than five points on the afternoon. The Salukis made just 22% of their shots, while Belmont cruised to a 51.5% shooting percentage.

The game immediately seemed out of reach, as the Salukis just couldn’t make a basket for the first nine minutes of the game and Belmont got out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Aja holms layup finally got the Salukis on the board with just over a minute to play in the first. A free throw and a layup by Graduate Student Ashley Jones helped make it a 12-point deficit to start the second, which was as close as it would be all night.

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The Bruins just kept making threes in the second to extend their lead to 31 just before the buzzer sounded before halftime to take a 41-17 lead heading into the break. They kept that going into the third, scoring 27 points in the frame compared to the Salukis’ 13. It took until the fourth quarter for a Saluki to hit a three-pointer.

The Bruins hit the 101 mark off a layup in the final minute and ended the game with a 101-45 final score. The Dawgs just couldn’t shoot today.

SIU will look to improve their shooting when they come back home to the Banterra Center this upcoming Thursday against Drake (11-5, 6-2 MVC). That game will start with a 6 pm tip-off time.

Sports editor Joseph Bernard can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @Jojobernard2001. 

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