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Women's Basketball

Wichita State University/Southwest Missouri State University
at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
11/13 February 2000

SIUC (6-16, 3-10) lost a pair of games to Wichita State University (16-6, 10-2) and Southwest Missouri State University (18-5, 11-2) before small crowds (SMS bussed in ~60% of the attendees in Sunday's contest) in the SIU arena. In each game, the Salukis played a strong first half, but lacked both offensive and defensive abilities to remain competitive. Against the Shockers, SIU's Melaniece Bardley (34) was responsible for the team's point production, finishing the game with 21 points. High scorers for the Shockers were Courtney Sims (22), Keomi Johnson (40), and LaTeesha Hill (23), with 15, 17, and 18 points, respectively. WSU used a 30-8 run to outplay the Salukis, along with an advantage at the free-throw line (24-31 vs 8-13). The final score was 44-65.

Despite trailing by only 1 point at the half (24-25), the Salukis were unable to match the offensive weapons of SMSU (Ann Cavey[52], Tara Mitchem [15]. Jackie Stiles [10]), who quickly built the lead to 20 points on several occasions. Cavey scored 10 points, Mitchem added 15 points, while Stiles led all scorers with 20 points, 7 below her season average. SMS dominated 38-27 in rebounds. SIU was led by Melaniece Bardley (34) and Terica Hathaway (22) with 10 and 14 points, respectively. The final result was a 52-78 home loss to end the weekend.

WSU's senior guard Keomi Johnson (40) contributed 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to their victory.

Shocker senior guard LeTeesha Hill (23) scored 18 points, collected 7 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and made 4 steals.

Agaisnt the Shockers, SIU's senior center Melaniece Bardley (34) was the only serious offensive threat, scoring 21 of SIU's 44 points. Bardley also added 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Lady Bear junior guard Jackie Stiles (10) caught fire in the second half, ending the game with 20 points, but turned the ball over 9 times against the Salukis.

Lady Bear senior guard Tara Mitchem (15) helped to build the second-half advantage by scoring 15 points and handing out 3 assists.

Junior Terica Hathway (22) was a bright sport for the Salukis against SMSU. Hathway contributed 14 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Junior Kristine Abramowski (55) trails the play and was able to contribute but 2 points and 4 rebounds in the losing effort.

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