WMBD/WYZZ-TV - CARBONDALE, Ill. - Junior Michelle Young matched a career-high with 32 points and tied a Bradley single-game record with 16 made free throws, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Braves to a victory.
Southern Illinois scored the final eight points of the game to top Bradley, 100-96, in double overtime Thursday afternoon at SIU Arena in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools.
Bradley (3-9 overall, 0-1 MVC) dug itself an early hole as Southern Illinois (3-9 overall, 1-0 MVC) shot 58 percent in the first half and the Salukis owned a 49-33 lead at the break.
Young took over in the second half with 18 points in the next 20 minutes of action and helped highlight a 20-0 Bradley run. That Bradley run erased a 16-point SIU advantage.
Southern Illinois led 58-45 with 14:29 to play in regulation, when Bradley started its run. Young scored eight of her 32 points over a five-minute stretch and the Braves held SIU without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.
But SIU closed on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 77 and force overtime.