CARBONDALE, Ill. - With the temperatures in the twenties
overnight, the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team turned up the
heat in the first half taking a 27-26 lead into the locker room,
but the Saluki's came out and used two players to score more than
20 points to steal a 74-67 win.
Tech (3-7, 1-0 OVC) returns to the court after taking a week off for the holidays when they host former OVC rival Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28.
Holding the advantage in rebounds (33-to-24), the Golden Eagles grabbed 13 offense boards to nine for Southern Illinois.
"I told the team that whoever had more rebounds would win the game," said coach Amy Brown. "And that did not happen. But getting in there and giving us a chance at second points is what we will need come OVC play."
Both halves saw the score go back and forth with eight different ties and 10 lead changes with the Golden Eagles biggest lead by three at 6:43 in the first half. A jumper from junior Meagan Lyons with :32 left in the first half gave Tech the one point lead.
But both teams came out shooting hot in the second half with both teams almost scoring what they had in the entire first half within the first 10 minutes of the second.
Basket for basket is what the fans got a treat of with the score tied at 49-49 with 8:24 left in the game. A jumper by Adrianne Griffith just 14 seconds later game the Salukis the lead that they would not give up the rest of the game, extending the lead to as much as 10 at the 5:09 mark.
Tech would cut the lead to just two with under three minutes to play but the Salukis held on for the seven point win 74-67.
Lyons recorded her second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She was one of four different Golden Eagles to score in double figures. Sophomore Jasmine White led Tech with 14 points while seniors Blair Bowens and Alison Price totaled 13 and 12 points respectively.