CARBONDALE — The SIU women's basketball team opens a three-game road swing at UAB Monday night at 4:30 p.m.
The Blazers (1-0) are 2-0 against the Salukis (1-0), winning at SIU Arena 64-49 last season and in Brooklyn, New York, during the 2003-04 season. SIU is 8-20 all-time against current members of Conference USA.
The Salukis come off an 84-72 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday night in both teams' season openers. Kylie Giebelhausen, SIU's only senior, led the charge with 25 points and four of the Salukis' 14 steals. Freshman guard Makenzie Silvey had 15 points and sophomore forward Nicole Martin had 10 points. Freshman forward Abby Brockmeyer had nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in her first official collegiate start.
Sophomore guard Kristen Nelson had four points, eight assists and four steals. SIU's 14 steals against the Skyhawks were the most under coach Cindy Stein.
UAB won its season opener over Mississippi Valley State at home, 87-72. The Blazers led by only one after the first quarter but went into the locker room up 13 at the break. Katelynn Thomas, a 6-foot sophomore forward, made 11 of 13 from the field for 22 points, and 5-10 sophomore forward Rachael Childress added 21.
Childress, last season's Conference USA freshman of the year, made 6 of 11 from the 3-point line and 7 of 12 overall. Childress set a conference record with 95 3-pointers last season.
UAB was picked seventh in the Conference USA preseason poll. SIU was picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.
Monday's game can be seen on conferenceusa.com for $6.95. The game will air locally on WVZA 105.1 FM with Connor Onion. The game is the first of a women's/men's basketball doubleheader at UAB. The Blazer men's team is scheduled to take on Chattanooga at 7.