Salukis drop final game of season

By Gus Bode

SIU unable to restrain Whorton, Bulldogs

SIU women’s basketball ended its season with a 3-24 record for the second year in a row after falling to Drake Saturday.

The Bulldogs (13-14, 8-10 Missouri Valley Conference) rolled over the Salukis, 1-17 in conference play, in a 75-53 thrashing.

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Drake freshman Lindsay Whorton almost single-handedly doomed SIU, particularly in the first half, where the most damage was done to the Salukis.

Whorton sunk five three-pointers in the game’s first 13 minutes en route to a career-high tying 26-point game.

“She just got some open looks,” said SIU head coach Dana Eikenberg.

Saluki senior Daphney Desamours, who led the team with 20 points on the night, snapped a scoreless five-minute drought for SIU with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half, but Whorton rallied back with a personal run of 12 consecutive points.

Desamours had come off the bench and pitched in 13 points in an attempt to right the Salukis, but Whorton and the Bulldogs sauntered into the locker room with a commanding 49-30 lead at the break.

SIU wasn’t giving up in its final game of the season, though.

The Salukis opened the second half with a 16-6 run, pulling them within nine points of Drake, 55-46. A trey from freshman Elyse Morris capped of the run around the nine-minute mark.

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The Bulldogs were quick to respond.

After a layup, three-point play and Whorton’s sixth bomb of the evening, Drake firmly cemented its double-digit lead over the downtrodden Salukis.

The Bulldogs had hot hands the entire game, shooting 50 percent from both the field (29-of-59) and behind the arc (8-of-16). They also dominated the boards, pulling down 40 rebounds to SIU’s comparatively meager 24.

Whorton was just one of four Drake women to score in double-digits. Linda Sayavongchanh followed with 15, and Jill Martin, along with Brandy Dahir, each contributed 13 points against the Salukis.

Reporter Gabe House can be reached at [email protected]

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