For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Feb. 8, 2012
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
FINAL NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENT
The Eureka College women’s basketball team will take a short break from St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this week with a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday against the Lincoln Christian Red Lions, the final non-conference game of the 2011-12 season.
League play resumes Saturday when the Red Devils host the Fontbonne Griffins at the Reagan Center at 1 p.m for EC’s annual Senior Day.
SCOUTING LINCOLN CHRISTIAN
According to the official LCU athletics website, Lincoln Christian carries a 4-13 overall record into Wednesday’s game at the Reagan Center.
LCU has played five games against NCAA Division III opponents this season, dropping all five contests.
Head coach Amanda Bowman is in her 11th season directing the Red Lions. She played basketball at LCU and is a member of the LCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Individual and team statistics for the Red Lions are unavailable.
HISTORICALLY AGAINST LCU
Eureka will shoot for its 17th consecutive victory over Lincoln Christian on Wednesday at the Reagan Center. The Red Devils are a perfect 16-0 against the Red Lions, according to all archived results.
Included in Eureka’s current win streak against the Red Lions was a 99-44 victory in Lincoln on Dec. 7. Eureka sophomore guard Caty Eeten scored a game-high 25 points, one of 12 Red Devils to make at least one shot from the field. All 14 healthy players played at least six minutes in the victory.
Fontbonne will represent the Red Devils’ next SLIAC opponent when the Griffins visit the Reagan Center this Saturday at 1 p.m. Fontbonne is 13-8 overall, 10-2 in the league and will host Westminster on Wednesday before traveling to Eureka on Saturday.
Shelby Ellison, who scored a season-high 31 points against the Red Devils last month, scores a team-best 12.5 points per game.
Matt Wickenhauser is in his first season as head coach of the Griffins. He had previously been an assistant coach on women’s staffs at Missouri-St. Louis, Maryville and Fontbonne.
A charter member of the SLIAC, Fontbonne owns the winningest women’s basketball program in conference history with 240 league wins, a .712 winning percentage and six regular season SLIAC titles since 1991.
THE FONTBONNE SERIES
Fontbonne is 9-2 against Eureka in SLIAC competition, but the Red Devils won the previous meeting between the schools on Jan. 14 in St. Louis, 79-63. The victory was Eureka’s first on Fontbonne’s home floor as a member of the SLIAC.
This Saturday, Eureka will shoot for its first win over Fontbonne at the Reagan Center since Dec. 9, 2008.
BROWN NETS THIRD SLIAC AWARD
Eureka senior forward Khassandrae Brown averaged 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in a pair of league victories last week to earn the SLIAC Player of the Week award, according to an announcement from the conference Monday night. Brown’s award is her third of the season and the seventh weekly award from the SLIAC for the Red Devils in 2011-12.
Brown opened the week with a 13-point, 8-rebound effort in Eureka’s 73-50 rout of Blackburn on Wednesday at the Reagan Center. She followed that game with one of Eureka’s top-rebounding performances in program history, collecting 19 boards to go along with 24 points in the Red Devils’ 81-65 victory over Webster Saturday in St. Louis. The 19 rebounds were the fourth-most in single-game school history and the most since Nicole Fisher pulled down 19 rebounds against Westminster on Feb. 16, 2008.
SENIOR DAY ON THE HORIZON
Eureka will host its annual Senior Day this Saturday. The Red Devils will honor five student-athletes playing their final regular season game on the Reagan Center.
Khassandrae Brown, Lisa Byard, Elizabeth Greger, Sara Hamilton and Lanie Viti make up Eureka’s 2011-12 senior class.
EETEN BREAKS FREE THROW RECORD
Sophomore guard Caty Eeten continued to make her mark in the Eureka record book last Saturday. The Eureka native went 11-for-15 from the foul line in the Red Devils’ win at Webster to improve her single-season total to 162 and break Eureka’s single-season record.
EC Hall of Famer Jessica Reardon previously held the mark with 160 free throws made during the 2003-04 season.
ANOTHER FREE THROW NOTE
While Caty Eeten broke Eureka’s individual free throw record last week, the Red Devils are well within striking distance of setting a new single-season team free throw record.
The Red Devils have made 398 foul shots as a team this season and need an additional 14 free throws to break the record of 412 set during the 1993-94 season.
RED DEVILS DUMP BLACKBURN
Caty Eeten led all scorers with 25 points and junior guard Jay Stewart put up her first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, sending the Red Devils to their eighth win in a row with a 73-50 SLIAC triumph over Blackburn, last Wednesday night at the Reagan Center.
The Red Devils went 22-for-26 from the foul line and outrebounded Blackburn, 56-45.
WIN STREAK HITS NINE AT WEBSTER
Eeten scored 11 of her game-high 29 points at the free throw line to, while senior forward Brown collected a career-high 19 rebounds, leading the Red Devils to their ninth consecutive victory in an 81-65 SLIAC win at Webster, Saturday afternoon at Grant Gymnasium in St. Louis, Mo.
Saturday’s victory was Eureka’s ninth in a row on an opponent’s home floor dating back to February 2011. The win also gave the Red Devils a season series sweep of Webster for the first time since the 2006-07 season and snapped a four-game losing streak at Webster’s Grant Gymnasium.
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