For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 18, 2012
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
LOAD UP THE BUS
The Eureka College women’s basketball team will look to extend its five-game road winning streak with a pair of in-state road trips to St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes this week.
The Red Devils will travel to Carlinville, Ill. on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. start against the Blackburn Beavers. Eureka will close the week with a 1 p.m. tip-off versus the Principia Panthers in Elsah, Ill.
A SUCCESSFUL START TO A BUSY WEEK
Eureka hosted a rare Monday night SLIAC game earlier this week, completing its first-ever season sweep of Spalding in an 82-69 win at the Reagan Center. Senior forward Khassandrae Brown recorded her second consecutive double-double with game-highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Red Devils.
Eureka shot 47 percent (25-for-53) for the game and was especially accurate after halftime. The Red Devils knocked down 16 of their 24 shot attempts in the second half, including four of eight 3-point tries. Brown collected five of her 16 rebounds at the offensive end and ultimately bumped her season rebounding average to a SLIAC-best 9.6. Sophomore guard Caty Eeten finished the game with 23 points, while junior guard Jay Stewart added a career-best 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Eeten and Stewart each distributed a game-high five assists.
The Red Devils will play a midweek SLIAC road game for just the second time this season when Eureka visits Blackburn at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Beavers have dropped 15 consecutive games to open the season and are still looking for their first victory of the campaign.
Blackburn has dropped all six of its SLIAC contests this season by an average of 25.5 points per game. A 50-46 defeat at Principia on Nov. 29 marked the Beavers’ smallest margin of defeat in the league action this season.
Junior guard Rashonda Willis is the only Blackburn player to score in double-figures on average at 10.2. The Beavers rank eighth in the SLIAC as a team with 47.7 points per game.
Jen Windmiller is in her first season as head coach at Blackburn. The Quincy, Ill. native owns coaching experience on the AAU circuit and as an assistant at Augustana. She played basketball and earned her undergraduate degree from Augustana in 2008.
Blackburn has controlled the all-time SLIAC series with the Red Devils, winning eight out of the first 10 contests. The Beavers forfeited last season’s game (ineligible player) against the Red Devils in Carlinville to end a four-game winning streak on their home floor against Eureka.
Principia represents Eureka’s third SLIAC opponent of the week when the Panthers host the Red Devils on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Elsah, Ill. Principia is 3-11 overall and 2-5 against league foes this season. The Panthers have lost seven consecutive games.
Principia took advantage of Eureka’s season-low 29 percent shooting effort to earn a 68-58 win at the Reagan Center on Dec. 3. Eureka continues to lead the all-time conference series, 6-5, and will be shooting for its third consecutive victory in Elsah on Saturday.
Senior forward Lindsay Sydness, who earned All-SLIAC First Team honors last season, averages 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She joins the Eureka duo of Caty Eeten and Khassandrae Brown as the only three SLIAC players to rank among the top-five in both individual categories. Junior guard Sarah Corbitt ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 13.3 points per game.
Former assistant coach and four-year Principia women’s basketball player Nicole Bushong is in her first season as head coach.
SOLVING THE ST. LOUIS DUO
Eureka earned a pair of victories last week over Webster and Fontbonne, two squads that had previously dominated their respective SLIAC series against the Red Devils.
Sophomore guard Caty Eeten scored a game-high 28 points, one of five Red Devils to compile at least eight points, leading the Red Devils to an 81-62 win over Webster last Tuesday night at the Reagan Center. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak in the all-time series against the Gorloks.
Senior forward Khassandrae Brown scored a career-high 30 points and led all players with 13 rebounds, lifting the Red Devils to a 79-63 triumph against Fontbonne, Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. The win proved to be Eureka’s fifth in a row on an opponent’s home floor dating back to February 2011.
BYARD GETS TO SEVENTH PLACE
Senior forward Lisa Byard reached another personal milestone during last Saturday’s game at Fontbonne. The four-year player from Morton, Ill. collected her 608th career rebound and passed Kelly Ducat for seventh place on the all-time Eureka rebounding list. She currently has 613 career boards and needs nine more rebounds to reach Raeanne Albin (1998-02) for sixth place.
Additionally, Byard made her 300th career field goal last Tuesday versus Webster and scored her 900th career point Saturday at Fontbonne.
FOURTH SLIAC HONOR FOR EETEN
For the fourth time this season and fifth time of her collegiate career, sophomore guard Caty Eeten has been selected as the SLIAC Player of the Week, the league announced Monday night. Eeten averaged 30.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two conference victories last week.
Including her 23-point showing on Monday against Spalding at the Reagan Center, Eeten is averaging 26.4 points per game to maintain her claim as the nation’s top scorer in NCAA Division III.
STEWART’S CAREER NIGHT
Junior guard Jay Stewart continued her midseason contributions with a 17-point, 5-assist, 1-block effort against Spalding on Monday. All three totals proved to be career-highs for the Taylorville, Ill. native.
Stewart, who transferred to Eureka after playing in 26 games over the previous two seasons for Division I Illinois State, made her first career start last Tuesday against Webster. She is averaging 8.3 points and 23.4 minutes in eight games since semester break.
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