Game 5 Notes & Links: Illinois vs. SIU
Nov. 20, 2013
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
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
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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.
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Home Sweet Home
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