For Immediate Release
Dec. 6, 2010
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
RED DEVILS GET SLIAC SPLIT
•The Eureka College women’s basketball team opened its 16-game St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule last week, splitting two games to start the slate with a 1-1 record.
•The Red Devils dominated Principia in a 69-60 triumph at the Reagan Center last Tuesday, Eureka’s first win in a league opener since the 2006-07 season.
•The Red Devils led by as many as 19 points in the second half, as junior point guard Sara Hamilton had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win.
•Tuesday’s win gave the Red Devils consecutive victories for the first time since a SLIAC sweep of Webster and Westminster on back-to-back days at the Reagan Center in February 2007.
•Cold shooting by the Red Devils coupled with a fast start by Webster resulted in a 69-29 loss to the first-place Gorloks, Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.
BYARD NEARING HISTORIC NUMBERS
•The career statistics of junior forward Lisa Byard continue to approach historic levels.
•Byard, who made her 55th consecutive start Saturday at Webster, has 449 rebounds and needs just 80 boards to tie Dannette Gilmore (1984-88) for 10th place on the all-time Eureka list.
•If Byard maintains her career average of 8.2 rebounds per game for the remaining 20 games this season, she can climb as high as seventh before the end of her junior season. Nicole Fisher (2004-08) owns the all-time Eureka record with 892 career rebounds.
•Byard is also the active Eureka scoring leader with 723 career points. She needs 305 points to tie Carrie Eisenbarth (1999-03) for the 10th on the all-time Eureka scoring list.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
•The Red Devils will play one game this week, starting a non-conference home-and-home series with Robert Morris-Springfield Tuesday night at the Reagan Center at 5:30 p.m. The Red Devils will travel to Springfield to meet the Eagles on Dec. 16.
•A member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the Eagles have lost five games in a row after opening the season with five straight wins for a 5-5 mark. The Eagles beat SLIAC member Blackburn in Carlinville last month, 61-45.
•The Eagles posted a 75-61 over the Red Devils at last season’s ninth annual Eureka College Classic at the Reagan Center on Dec. 5, 2009. Eureka’s Lisa Byard had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
•Matt Mead is in his second season as the head coach of the Eagles. He previously coached girl’s basketball at PORTA High School in Petersburg, Ill. where he coached current Eureka forward Elizabeth Greger during her final three high school seasons.
•Tuesday’s game marks Eureka’s final home game before a five-game, 22-day, three-state road trip that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 6.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Conference play opened last week, as seven of the nine SLIAC teams played two conference games.
•Webster and Westminster are tied for the league lead at 2-0, while Spalding, Principia and MacMurray are all winless in SLIAC play. Fontbonne, Eureka and Blackburn each stand at 1-1.
•Greenville topped Blackburn at home on Wednesday, 78-70, extending its season-opening win streak to five games. The only unbeaten team left in the SLIAC, the Panthers will try to protect their 5-0 record Tuesday night at CCIW member Augustana in Rock Island, Ill.
•SLIAC play will not resume until Wednesday, Jan. 4.
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