Three women named to all-conference team


By Ted Ward, @TedWard_DE

Three more SIU women’s basketball players have been recognized as the All-Missouri Valley Conference teams were announced Wednesday.

Redshirt senior guard Cartaesha Macklin, senior center Dyana Pierre and redshirt junior guard Rishonda Napier were named to the 11-player All-MVC first team. This is first time since the 1994-95 season that SIU had three All-MVC players and the first time there were three Salukis on the first team.

Pierre was also named to the All-MVC defensive team for the second time in her career after leading the conference in rebounds with 11.4 per game. She is just third player in Valley history to lead the league in rebounds all four seasons.


This is the third time Pierre has been named to the first team and Napier’s second.

Macklin was named to the honorable mention team after the 2012-13 season. This season, Macklin led the league in free-throw percentage making 89 percent of shots from the line. She averaged 12.6 points per game and became SIU’s all-time leading scorer in points.

Napier lead the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game as well as 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made with 75. That tied her for third all-time in SIU history.

Napier along with junior forward Kim Nebo and sophomore guard Kylie Giebelhausen were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team Tuesday.

The three players are slated to play against Loyola at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the MVC Tournament in Moline. The Salukis are the fourth seed in the tourney.

Ted Ward can be reached at [email protected] or 618-534-3303