Women's Basketball
Game 5 Notes & Links: Illinois vs. SIU

Sophomore guard Sarah Hartwell has scored in double figures in all four games this year and is averaging 14.8 points per game.
Sophomore guard Sarah Hartwell has scored in double figures in all four games this year and is averaging 14.8 points per game.

Nov. 20, 2013

 Game 5: Illinois (3-1) vs. Southern Illinois (0-3)
 When Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location Champaign, Ill. | State Farm Center (16,618) 
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 Illinois Probable Starters
Pos. No. Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG Note
G 0 Sarah Hartwell 5-10 r-So. 14.8 1.5 Has 5+ assists in 3 of 4 games
G 22 Ivory Crawford 5-10 Jr. 15.3 6.5 Has scored in double figures in all 4 games
G/F 3 Taylor Tuck 6-0 Jr. 7.8 5.0 Had career-high 6 assists at Bradley
G/F 42 Amber Moore 5-11 Sr. 24.0 8.5 Named B1G Player of the Week on 11/18
F 34 Jacqui Grant 6-3 Fr. 14.3 7.3 Had double-double in 1st collegiate game

Illinois is...
...looking for its fourth-straight win
...looking for its seventh-straight home win
...averaging 96.0 points per game
...facing Southern Illinois for the first time since 2007-08
...10-3 in non-conference home games under Bollant
...leading the Big Ten in scoring, scoring margin (+32.2), steals (16.5 pg), turnover margin (+11.2) & 3s (10.0 pg)

Quick Hits
• Illini Scoring with the Best of Them:
The Illini are averaging a blistering 96.0 points per game after coming within one point of tying the school record for single-game scoring in a 112-28 win over Alcorn State on Nov. 17. Illinois has scored 87-plus points in all four games this season and has topped 90 three times. The Orange and Blue's four-game total of 384 points is the best in the first four games of any season in school history and is the second-best four-game span in the 40 years of Illini women's basketball. Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fifh nationally in scoring.

• Records Fall Against Alcorn State: Illinois broke the school record for margin of victory with its 84-point win over Alcorn State on Nov. 17, and the Lady Braves' 10-point second-half output also broke the State Farm Center mark for fewest points in a half. ASU's 15.21 field-goal percentage was the worst by an Illini opponent in school history and the Braves' seven field goals were the second-fewest by an Illini opponent.

• Moore All-Time 3-Point Scoring Leader: With four treys on Nov. 12, Amber Moore broke the school record for career three-point field goals made. Moore now sits in first place with 229 career treys, surpassing Lori Bjork's 214. Last year, Moore broke school records for three-pointers made in a season and three-pointers attempted in a season and a career. She is currently averaging 5.5 treys per game and hitting them at a 45.8 percent clip, well above her career 34.6 percentage heading into this season.

• Starters Carry Scoring Load: Four of Illinois' starting five are averaging at least 14.0 points per game. In this impressive four-game stretch where the squad is averaging 96.0 points per game, the starters are scoring 79.2% of the points.

• Fearsome Foursome Leads the Way: Illinois' top four scorers - Amber Moore, Ivory Crawford, Sarah Hartwell and Jacqui Grant - all have registered double figures in each of the Illini's first four games. Moore ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring average (24.0 ppg) and total points (96), but Michigan's Shannon Smith (98 points) has played five games. Crawford is 15th in the league in scoring average (15.3), Hartwell is 17th (14.8) and Grant is 20th (14.3), meaning Illinois is the only conference team with four players in the top 20 in scoring.

• Crawford Producing Consistently: While she may be overshadowed by Amber Moore's blisteringly hot start to the season, Ivory Crawford has been a consistent presence for the Illini. The junior guard is averaging 15.3 points per game and has scored in double digits in all four contests, with a season high of 24 against Bradley on Nov. 8. She also is averaging 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.5 minutes per game.

• Grant Will Not Surrender: Freshman forward Jacqui Grant has started her Illini career on a strong note, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over the first four, including a double-double in the season-opener against Bradley. The Park Ridge, Ill., native scored 12 points and pulled down 14 boards, including 10 offensive rebounds, in 27 minutes against the Braves. Her 10 offensive boards are tied for fourth in school history. Grant is replacing Karisma Penn in the middle, who finished second in school history with 42 career double-doubles and had 14 last season.

Scouting the Salukis
• Southern Illinois is 0-3 with two near misses so far this season, as two of its defeats have come by a total of five points before the Salukis dropped a 79-62 game at IPFW on Monday.

• The Salukis are in their first season under head coach Cindy Stein, who served as the head coach at Missouri from 1998-2010. The former Illini led Mizzou to seven postseason berths, including three to the NCAA tournament, and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2001.

• Stein ranks eighth in Illini history in career assists after ending her career as the record-holder with 323 dimes. Her 170 helpers in 1982-83 also were a school record but were surpassed the next season by Michele Vossen's 173, which still stands. Stein's 153 assists in 1981-82 still rank fifth. She also led the Illini in steals in 1982-83 with 65.

• SIU has scored in the 60s in all three games, averaging 65.0 ppg, and is -7.3 in scoring margin to this point. The Salukis have fared well on the boards, holding a +5.3 margin, but are averaging 19.0 turnovers per game and a -7.7 turnover margin. SIU shoots 41.7 percent from the field but only 25.6 from three-point range and struggles from the line, shooting at a 50.9 percent clip.

• Cartaseha Macklin is SIU's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, whiel Dyana Pierre is averaging a double-double at 14.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg. But Pierre has struggled from the line, shooting 4-of-15 (.267) from the stripe, which is in stark contrast to her 67.9 field-goal percentage.

Series History Against Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois holds a 12-10 advantage in the all-time series with the Illini, but Illinois has won four straight games in the series and 9 of the last 15. SIU snagged an early lead in the series by winning six of the first seven meetings from 1975-80. The teams have only played once since 1996, a 63-53 Illini win in Champaign on Nov. 18, 2007.

Moore Than Just A Shooter
On Nov. 14, Amber Moore proved that she not only can be a major scoring threat for the illini, but also can dictate the rebounding battle as well. The senior captured a career-high 19 rebounds, blowing by her previous best of 10. In fact, her 19 rebounds tied the eighth highest single game total in Illinois history. The last Illini to accomplish 19 rebounds in a game was Karisma Penn vs. Georgia on Dec. 28, 2012, which also marked Penn's career high.

Moore History to be Made
Last season, Amber Moore inked her name in the Illini record book when she broke the school record for three-point field goals made in a season with 86, besting the original mark of 84 mady by Lori Bjork (2006-07). Through three games this season, Moore already has 22 total treys, good for a 5.5 average per game. At that eye-popping rate, Moore is on pace to nearly double the record with 165 three-pointers. Heading into the season, Moore already held Illinois records for career three-pointers attempted, and season three-pointers made and attempted.

Been Caught Stealing
Last season, Illinois set a single-season school record when they recorded 417 total steals through 33 games. Through four games this year, the Illini are averaging 16.5 steals per game. Jacqui Grant's 14 steals are a team high, while Taylor Gleason is right on her heels with 13. Amber Moore has 11, Ivory Crawford has eight and Sarah Hartwell and Nia Oden each have six swipes.

Meanwhile the Orange and Blue are creating 28.3 turnovers per game, while only making 17.0 of their own, good for a turnover margin of +11.3.

Illini Bomb Squad Back At It
After breaking school records for three-pointers made (184) and attempted (634) in a season in 2012-13, the Illini picked up where they left off. So far, Illinois is averaging 10.0 treys per game and has hit 10 or more threes in three of four games. Illinois drained 12-of-27 three-pointers at Bradley on Nov. 9, tying the single-game school record and marking the Illini's most three-pointers made in a loss in school history. They nearly tied that mark again on Nov. 14 against Mississippi Valley State, converting 11 threes on 26 attempts, then hit 10-of-22 against Alcorn State on Nov. 17.

Home Sweet Home
The Illini currently sit undefeated at home with a 3-0 record and have won five straight home games. Illinois is averaging a prolific 97.3 points inside State Farm Center. Last season, the Illini went 11-7 under Bollant at home and won six of their last seven home games, meaning Illinois now has won nine of its last 10 home games.

Moore Joins 1,000 Point Club
With 96 points through four games, Moore became the 26th player to cross the 1,000 point barrier. Moore's 1,087 career points lands the senior in the No. 22 spot on the Illinois career points total list, surpassing recent teammate Adrienne Godbold's 1,060 points. Next up is No. 21 Alicia Sheeler's 1,091 points and No. 20 Lori Bjork (1,106).