Southern Illinois ended a 24-game MVC losing streak in Thursday's win over visiting Missouri State, as Teri Oliver surpassed the 1,000-point mark and hit an SIU record-tying seven three-pointers against the Lady Bears, while Cartaesha Macklin averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Salukis' two games last week. For their outstanding efforts, Oliver and Macklin have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
STATE FARM MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teri Oliver, Jr., G, Southern Illinois
Oliver averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game in Southern’s best week of the Salukis’ MVC season thus far. The Junior guard had a milestone night in SIU’s win over Missouri State Thursday that helped the Salukis end a 24-game MVC losing streak. Oliver scored 28 points to surpass 1,000 for her career and hit an SIU record-tying seven 3-pointers on just eight attempts against the Lady Bears. Oliver followed that performance with a team-high 23 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a loss to league-leader Wichita State Saturday. The 51-point week helped lift Oliver’s season scoring average to 18.0 points per game, which is tied for second in the league.
STATE FARM MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Cartaesha Macklin, Fr., G, Southern Illinois
Macklin averaged 18.0 points 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in Southern’s best week of the Salukis’ MVC season thus far. The freshman started the week with 14 points and a career-best nine assists in SIU’s win over Missouri State that helped the Salukis end a 24-game MVC losing streak. Macklin followed that effort with her first career double-double, scoring 22 points and posting a career-high 13 rebounds Saturday in a loss to Wichita State. Macklin continues to lead MVC newcomers in scoring and assists with averages of 16.1 points and 3.9 assists per game, which ranks fourth and third overall in the Valley respectively.
Noteworthy - In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:
Leah Kassing (BU) - Kassing turned in her team-leading ninth double-double of the year, collecting 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and three blocks in BU’s game at Northern Iowa. Limited to just two points on 1-for-5 shooting in the first half, Kassing made 5-of-7 shots in the second half as she paced BU with 15 points. Her nine double-doubles are the most by a Bradley player since 2008-09 and is tied for the fourth best season total in school history.
Carli Tritz (CU) - Tritz extended her double-figure scoring streak to 11 games by leading the Bluejays in scoring in each of Creighton’s road games last weekend. On Friday at Indiana State she scored 17 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, capped by the game-winning basket with 2.0 seconds on the clock to lift CU to a 64-62 come-from-behind win against the Sycamores. Tritz also led the Jays with six rebounds, five assists and two blocks, while going 3-for-3 from three-point range at Indiana State. She followed the same pattern at Illinois State, scoring 16 of her team-high 18 points in the final 8:30 of the game by making her final eight field goal attempts of the contest. For the week she led the team with 18.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, while adding 5.0 rebounds per game and shooting 56.7 percent from the field (17-30) and a perfect 3-for-3 from long range.
Rachael Hackbarth (DU) - Hackbarth had another impressive weekend in league play which was capped off with a career performance against Indiana State. Against the Sycamores, Hackbarth had a career high with 32 points and tied a career high with four blocks. Nine of her 32 points came on a game-changing 13-0 second half run where the Bulldogs turned an eight point deficit to a five point lead. She also pulled down 14 rebounds and extended her streak of double-double to 4 games. In a losing effort to Illinois State, Hackbarth tallied 15 boards, which tied a season high and scored 12 points.
Briyana Blair (UE) - Blair was Evansville’s leading scorer and rebounder in both contests last week. Blair recorded 14 points and also added eight boards, six assists, and four steals versus Wichita State. The Orlando, Fla. native logged 11 points, while grabbing six rebounds, and adding five assists against Missouri State. Through eight games, Blair averages a double-double in Valley play with 10.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
Katie Broadway (ILS) - Broadway recorded the most memorable game of her Redbird career, as the senior guard set a new career-high 29 points and became the 27th women’s basketball player to score 1,000 points in the Illinois State women’s basketball team’s win over Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton, 79-66, Sunday afternoon in 39 minutes of play. Broadway made a career-high 12 field goals in the win and went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, putting her in a third-place tie on ISU’s career three point field goals list with 183. In Illinois State’s overtime win against Drake (Jan. 20), Broadway also played a huge part in that victory, making 15 points, including shots late in the game and in overtime that helped secure the win for the Redbirds. The Bethalto, Ill., native leads ISU with 16.0 points per game and has recorded double-digit performances in 16 games for the Redbirds.
Deja Mattox (INS) - Mattox scored a career-high 25 points on Friday against Creighton, going 7-for-14 from the field and 10-for-11 at the charity stripe. Mattox also pulled down four rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and picked up two steals against the Bluejays. The ISU senior went into double figures for the sixth consecutive game on Sunday, tossing in 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting with five rebounds. Mattox leads the team by averaging 15.1 points per game in MVC play, shooting 46.8% (36-for-77) from the field.
Casey Garrison (MSU) - Garrison averaged 17.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals last week, shooting 48 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line at Southern Illinois and Evansville. The senior had 20 points and 8 boards on 9-of-17 shooting at SIU, and added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists at Evansville Saturday. She passed Kari Koch for No. 2 on Missouri State’s all-time scoring list against the Purple Aces.
K.K. Armstrong (UNI) - Armstrong turned in another all-around performance in the Panthers’ 71-57 win over Bradley, pouring in 25 points, making eight steals, and grabbing seven rebounds. Armstrong’s 25 points were one short of her career-high, and her eight steals were a new career-best. In fact, Armstrong was only one steal shy of matching the UNI single-game record of nine. Entering this weekend, she is the only player in the nation this season to record 25+ points, 8+ steals and 7+ rebounds in a non-overtime game.
Chynna Turner (WSU) - Turner led Wichita State to a pair of road wins, extending the team’s winning streak to a school-record-tying 10 games and keeping the Shockers’ MVC record unblemished at 7-0. The junior scored a career-high 24 points in a 78-68 victory at Southern Illinois on Saturday, knocking down 9-of-14 field goals and sinking 6-of-10 free throws. She also grabbed six rebounds and forced two steals in 33 minutes vs. the Salukis. On Thursday at Evansville, Turner dropped in 12 points and six boards with two assists. In MVC games, Turner is shooting 56.7% while averaging a team-best 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds
Juliann Miller (UE) - Returning to the floor after an exactly one month hiatus, due to illness, freshman Juliann Miller had a breakout game versus Wichita State, recording career-highs for points (10), field goals (3), threes (1), free throws (3), rebounds (2), steals (1), and minutes played (28). Prior, to Thursday’s contest, the Louisville, Ky. native last made an appearance at Mizzou on Dec. 19th. Against Missouri State, Miller made 2-of-2 from the free throw line and added three assists.
Jamie Russell (ILS) - Russell shot 50 percent from the field in Illinois State’s 79-66 win over Creighton. Russell was 5-of-10 from the field, netting 10 points. She also brought down four rebounds and dished out five assists. The Rock Falls, Ill., native took away five Creighton balls, a career-high, in 33 minutes. In the overtime win against Drake, grabbed six boards and made six points in the Redbird victory. Russell, a three-time Newcomer of the Week honoree, leads the Redbirds in rebounds (7.0) and steals (19) in Valley play. Russell is currently in the top-five in the Valley in steals and assists. In assists, she ranks fifth with 3.6 per game and is third in steals with 2.4 per game. On the season, Russell leads ISU in steals (44) and assists (65) and is the team’s second-leading scorer with 11.7 points per game.
Racheal Mahan (INS) - Mahan played the best game of her young career on Sunday against Drake, going for 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes on the court. After averaging just 1.2 points per game in ISU’s nonconference season, Mahan has stepped up her game in league play, averaging 6.0 points per game.
Brooke Brown (UNI) - Brown came off the bench to play a career-high 32 minutes in UNI’s 71-57 victory over Bradley. Brown tallied 12 points, doubling her previous career-best, and also recorded five rebounds and three steals. She drained 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Krystle Henderson (WSU) - Henderson came off the bench to aid in Wichita State’s two road wins, keeping the Shockers perfect in MVC games at 7-0 and extending the school’s record-tying win streak to 10 games. The redshirt freshman led all bench players with eight points Thursday at Evansville, connecting on 3-of-4 shots, while dishing out two assists with no turnovers and forcing two steals. On Saturday at SIU, Henderson again led all bench scorers, this time with seven points, also on 3-of-4 shooting. She shot - and made - WSU’s only three-point attempt against the Salukis. For the week, Henderson shot 75% from the floor, including 3-for-4 from three-point range.