For Immediate Release
Jan. 10, 2011
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
SLIAC PLAY IN FULL SWING
•The Eureka College women’s basketball team ended its two-week break for the holidays last week, playing three St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games last week.
• The Red Devils received a game-high 23 points from junior guard Sara Hamilton, but Eureka couldn’t erase a 9-point halftime deficit in a 71-58 SLIAC loss at defending league champion Fontbonne, Tuesday night at Mabee Gymnasium in Clayton, Mo.
•Freshman guard Caty Eeten made 10 of 11 free throws en route to a 17-point night and junior forward Khassandrae Brown chipped in with 15 points, but the Red Devils dropped their second consecutive SLIAC contest in a 68-57 defeat at Greenville, Thursday night at H.J. Long Gymnasium in Greenville, Ill.
• The Red Devils shot a blistering 96.8 percent (30-for-31) from the free throw line during Saturday’s league game against SLIAC Westminster, but the visiting Blue Jays forced 28 Eureka turnovers on their way a 79-72 conference win over the Red Devils at the Reagan Center.
SEND US TO THE LINE
•The Red Devils enjoyed one of their best efforts from the free throw line in school history on Saturday against Westminster, making 30 of 31 attempts.
•Khassandrae Brown, Lisa Byard and Kiley Bugaieski went a combined 23-for-23 from the line during the game.
• Eureka’s effort from the free throw line on Saturday was its best since shooting 100 percent (6-for-6) at Blackburn on Jan. 7, 2009. The Eureka single-game record for free throw percentage of 100 percent has been matched several times, and Eureka’s 16-for-16 effort against Mundelein (Ill.) during the 1990-91 season were the most free throws made in a single game without a miss.
•With Eureka’s season-long six-game road trip in the books, the Red Devils will play six of their next eight games on their home floor.
•Lincoln Christian will visit on Jan. 20, Eureka’s last non-conference home opponent of the season.
•The Red Devils will play four straight SLIAC contests at home beginning with a Jan. 26 game against Spalding at 6 p.m.
SCOUTING NEXT WEEK
•The Red Devils will take their annual 624-mile round trip trip to Louisville, Ky. this Wednesday to take on Spalding at 6 p.m. at Derek Smith Gymnasium.
•The Golden Eagles are 6-6 overall and have won three games in a row for a 3-1 SLIAC record.
•Junior forward Kelly Harrod, who was named to the All-SLIAC First Team last season, is averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game this season.
•Spalding is currently a provisional member of NCAA Division III and is scheduled to attain active Division III membership in 2012-2013.
•The Red Devils will return home to the Reagan Center to host MacMurray on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Highlanders are the SLIAC’s lone winless team at 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the league.
•MacMurray has been outscored by an average of 29.6 points per game this season. The Highlanders’ smallest margin of defeat was 18 points in a 83-65 loss to Westminster last Tuesday.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•With Westminster’s win at the Reagan Center on Saturday, the Blue Jays extended their SLIAC win streak to five games and own sole possession of first place in the league at 5-0. The Blue Jays have home games this week against Greenville and Principia.
•Spalding also went 3-0 last week, beating Greenville, MacMurray and Blackburn by an average of 28.0 points per game. The Golden Eagles have won of their last five games overall since snapping a five-game losing streak in an 82-56 victory over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Dec. 29.
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