Big fourth quarter leads Salukis to victory

Big fourth quarter leads Salukis to victory

By Ted Ward, @TedWard_DE

SIU women’s basketball used a big fourth quarter Sunday against Indiana State to stay in the hunt for a regular-season conference title.

The Salukis (19-9, 13-4 Missouri Valley Conference) outscored the Sycamores 22-11 in the fourth quarter en route to a 62-58 win. Despite SIU leading by as many as eight points in the first half, Indiana State looked ready to pull away in the second half on Sycamore Senior Day.

ISU used a 14-0 run to gain a 47-38 lead late in the third quarter before a jumper by Saluki freshman guard Olivia Bowling kickstarted a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth.

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SIU regained the lead with under two minutes remaining on senior guard Cartaesha Macklin’s free throws and hung on for the win.

With the win, SIU clinched a top-four seed in the MVC Tournament and could grab a regular-season title if it beats Northern Iowa and Drake later this week.

The Sycamores (13-14, 9-7 MVC) entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead before the Salukis defense limited the opposition to just five made buckets. Redshirt junior guard Rishonda Napier scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth.

With a 3-point basket by Macklin a minute into the second quarter, the Salukis broke the single-season record for the most 3-pointers made with 190. The previous record was set by the 2011-12 team.

Macklin scored 21 points and senior center Dyana Pierre notched 11 points and 14 rebounds, giving her 14 double-doubles on the year. Senior guard Cierra Ceazer led Indiana State with 19 points.

SIU remains in a second place tie with Missouri State and Drake and is a game behind first-place Northern Iowa.

The Salukis host UNI at 6 p.m. Thursday at SIU Arena.

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

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