Saluki women’s basketball wins final tune-up game of preseason


Senior guard Kylie Giebelhausen looks to make a pass Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, during the Salukis 90-68 win against the Lindenwood Lynx at SIU Arena. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

By Dillon Gilliland

SIU women’s basketball continued to show their strength outdoing the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx 90-68 in its final exhibition match of the season.

Southern came into the game looking to show the potential of the young team and possibly find the starting five against the Lynx.

“We have a chance to be really good, but we’re young,” head coach Cindy Stein said.



The Salukis came out firing on all cylinders starting off with an 11-4 run led by senior guard Kylie Giebelhausen with five points to force the Lynx into an early timeout.

Southern continued to extend their lead with sophomore forward Nicole Martin owning the paint, adding eight points to stretch its lead to 22-7.

The Salukis continued to push the pace in the second quarter and extended their lead to 20 after a shot from behind-the-arc by Giebelhausen, her second 3-pointer of the game, to make the score 38-18.

Lindenwood began to show some promise late in the second quarter to drop the deficit to 17 at 41-24.

The Lynx continued to close in on the Salukis with a buzzer beating 3-point play to shorten the lead to 16 and end the first half at 49-33.

SIU found its groove as they opened the lead back up to 21 after redshirt junior forward Celina VanHyfte hit double figures to make the score 67-46.

LU came into the fourth looking to make a late comeback, narrowing the gap with free-throws bringing the deficit to 16.

The Salukis were able to extend their lead to 20 after a layup by freshman forward Abby Brockmeyer making the score 80-60.

Later in the quarter Brockmeyer pulled down her eighth offensive rebound of the game earning her tenth total rebound to complete her double-double.

“I found myself on the boards this game,” Brockmeyer said. “This game I felt more comfortable and more confident.”

Brockmeyer and VanHyfte both led the team in points with 15 each.

Sophomore guard Brittney Patrick led the team with four assists while Giebelhausen added three of her own.

Freshman forward Rachel Pudlowski showed solid defense leading the team in steals with two on the night.

The Salukis showed better ball control only turning the ball over 14 times compared to the 25 turnovers against Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Up next

SIU begins their regular season at home against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Sports reporter Dillon Gilliland can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DillonGilliland.

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