Saluki Women's Basketball | SIU downs Loyola, Stein gets win No. 350

SIU guard Makenzie Silvey scored 15 points in SIU's 62-53 win over Bradley Sunday. The victory ended a three-game losing streak.

Richard Sitler, The Southern

CARBONDALE – The Saluki women’s basketball team breathed a collective sigh of relief after Sunday’s 62-53 win over Bradley.

The Salukis had lost three straight games, including Friday’s 39-36 home loss to Illinois State.

“It’s just nice to get back to the win column honestly,” said SIU coach Cindy Stein. “In games like this, you don’t care how you do it as long as you get it done. Although, I thought our execution was 10 times better today than it has been in the last three games. We had different kids have to step up, be good leaders and we had that.”

In Friday night’s loss the Salukis shot just 23.3 percent from the floor. In Sunday’s win, SIU hit four of its first six shots, including 3-pointers by Ashley Hummel and Kylie Giebelhausen, and made both of its free throw attempts in sprinting out to a 12-2 lead.

“It’s good to know the baskets are still lid-free,” Stein said.

“Everyone wanted the ball to start the game,” said SIU freshman Abby Brockmeyer. “That was the biggest difference I think.”

Another major difference between Friday night’s debacle and Sunday was SIU’s ability to take advantage of Bradley mistakes. At halftime the Salukis had created nine turnovers, but turned the Bradley mistakes into 13 points.

“We talked about that a lot with our team,” Stein said. “We had a team that was turning the ball over and we didn’t do anything with that (Friday). I thought our spacing was better. I just thought our overall execution was 10 times better today.”

The Salukis built their largest lead of the half when Giebelhausen hit a 3-pointer, her third of the game, to push the advantage to 31-16. That shot tied her for second all-time with Teri Oliver for made 3-pointers.

SIU was able to maintain a 34-21 edge at the half.

But, Bradley was able to battle back and cut the lead to just six points late in the game. The Braves took advantage of second chance opportunities and some sketchy SIU free throw shooting during that late surge.

Chelsea Brackman’s offensive rebound bucket, Bradley’s second in succession, with 1:42 left cut the SIU advantage to just 57-51.

SIU nailed down the win when Giebelhausen lobbed a pass inside to Nicole Martin. Martin finished and drew a foul. Her free throw gave the Salukis a 61-51 edge with just 37 seconds to play.

“We’ve been in those situations a lot,” Stein said. “Unfortunately, sometimes we let people creep back in. But, sometimes it’s just their good play. They have some very talented players. You can’t give them open threes. We allowed them to have some good looks by not closing up some traps. We let kids split us. Those are things we’ll have to get better.”

On the other hand, the Salukis got back in the win column and salvaged a win from the weekend homestand.

“I think just playing with urgency was the most important to us,” Silvey said. ?We knew if we played with intensity and urgency and execute our sets we’ll be able to get good shots and knock them down because we have a lot of good shooters on our team.”

Silvey led Saluki scorers with 15 points. Giebelhausen had 13 and Martin 12. Vanessa Markert led Bradley with 21 points.

SIU 62, Bradley 53

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SIU`17`17`14`14`--`62

Bradley (53) – Markert 9-17 3-5 21, Brewer 3-7 0-2 6, Haack 3-8 0-0 7, Kent 2-6 0-0 5 Brackmann 2-6 0-0 4, Lawson 0-2 0-0 0, Marsh 0-1 0-0 0, Dellamuth 1-1 0-0 2, Schlueter 2-6 2-2 8, White 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 5-9 53.

SIU – Hummel 2-5 0-0 5, Silvey 6-10 0-0 15, Nelson 0-2 2-4 2, Giebelhausen 4-13 2-2 13 Brockmeyer 3-8 2-2 9, Patrick 0-4 1-2 1, Hawkins 1-2 0-0 3, Hartman 0-1 0-0 0, Pudlowski 0-0 2-2 2, Martin 4-6 4-7 12. Totals 20-51 13-19 62.

3-point goals – Bradley 4 (Schlueter 2, Haack, Kent). SIU 9 (Silvey 3, Giebelhausen 3, Hummel, Hawkins, Brockmeyer). Team fouls – Bradley 20, SIU 17. Rebounds – Bradley 35, SIU 33. Assists – Bradley 9, SIU 12. Turnovers – Bradley 16, SIU 12. Steals – Bradley 5, SIU 5. Records – Bradley is 11-13, 5-8 in Missouri Valley Conference play. SIU is 13-11, 8-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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