For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Feb. 24, 2012
Eeten, Martin Receive SLIAC Postseason Awards
FULTON, Mo. – Eureka College sophomore guard Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) has been named the 2012 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, while second-year head coach Taren Martin has been chosen as the 2012 SLIAC Coach of the Year, SLIAC Commissioner Will Wolper announced at the SLIAC Tournament on Friday in Fulton, Mo. Senior forward Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) joined Eeten as All-SLIAC First Team selections.
Eeten delivered one of the top statistical performances in program history, averaging 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 24 regular season starts in the EC backcourt. She rewrote a large portion of the Eureka record book during the campaign, breaking or tying single-game records with 49 points versus Knox on Nov. 17, 20 free throws made against Greenville on Nov. 30 and 14 assists at Blackburn on Jan. 18. Additionally, Eeten finished the regular season 178-for-213 from the free throw line to break the single-season program record for free throws made.
The second-year guard was a four-time SLIAC Player of the Week selection, a two-time member of the D3Hoops.com national Team of the Week and a member of the All-Tournament Team at D3Hoops.com Classic. Eeten also led the Red Devils with 43 steals and 19 blocked shots. She was an All-SLIAC Second Team choice as a freshman last season and is the first SLIAC Player of the Year from Eureka since Nicole Fisher earned the award in 2008.
In just 22 months on the job, Martin has transformed the Red Devils into one of the top women’s basketball programs in the SLIAC. Eureka’s 20 regular season victories in 2011-12 marked just the fourth 20-win season in program history. Her efficient and up-tempo style allowed EC to average 77.7 points per contest, tops among SLIAC schools and third-most in NCAA Division III.
Additionally, Eureka’s nine-win improvement from a year ago proved to be the largest single-season improvement in program history, and the Red Devils’ 13 league victories were the most by a Eureka women’s basketball squad since EC began conference-affiliated competition at the Division III level in 1996-97. Martin’s 29 career victories already rank third in program history.
Brown averaged 17.7 points and led the SLIAC with 8.9 rebounds per game and a .569 field goal percentage in 24 starting assignments in her final collegiate regular season. She compiled a team-best eight double-doubles over the course of the campaign, including 24-point, 19-rebound performance at Webster on Feb. 4 that proved to be the fourth-highest single-game rebound total in program history. Brown was also effective from the free throw line, making 145 of her 185 attempts for a percentage of .784.
She was a three-time SLIAC Player of the Week, giving the Red Devils seven weekly awards from the SLIAC during the 2011-12 season. Brown also proved to be one of the most durable players on the EC roster, playing the full 40 minutes on six different occasions and averaging 33.3 minutes per contest. For the second consecutive season, Brown was chosen as Eureka’s representative on the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. One player from each member school is selected for the team.
Webster’s Cassie Endicott was selected as the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year. Westminster, which won the regular season title, received the SLIAC Sportsmanship Award.
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