For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 24, 2012
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
Riding a five-game win streak, the Eureka College women’s basketball team will try to continue its winning ways with two more contests against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes this week.
Eureka will play its first home game in more than a week when the Red Devils host the MacMurray Highlanders in a 6 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday at the Reagan Center. The Red Devils will close the week when they go for season series sweep of Greenville on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Greenville, Ill.
MacMurray will visit the Reagan Center Wednesday night with a 6-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the SLIAC. The Highlanders snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday with a 53-48 victory over winless Blackburn.
In addition to its league victories over Greenville, Principia and Blackburn, MacMurray owns a Division III non-conference victory over Illinois College.
Junior guard Whitney Wade is the only Highlander to score in double-figures at 10.8 points per game. MacMurray ranks seventh among SLIAC teams in scoring (55.2), but owns the third-highest 3-point field percentage (.313) in the league.
Dave Pavlovich is in his second season as head coach of the Highlanders. Pavlovich, who also serves as the MacMurray Director of Athletics, was previously the women’s basketball head coach at NAIA Stephens
in Columbia, Mo.
The Red Devils swept the season series from MacMurray last season and lead the all-time SLIAC series, 8-2. Eureka has won four out of five contests against the Highlanders at the Reagan Center since the 2006-07 season.
The Red Devils will shoot for their eighth victory on an opponent’s home floor at Greenville this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Panthers, a SLIAC Tournament participant a year ago, enter the week with a 4-11 overall record and a 1-6 SLIAC record.
Greenville boasts an extremely balanced starting lineup, as four players average double-figures and have started at least 11 of the Panthers’ 15 games. Junior Katelyn Wise leads the group with 12.7 points per contest.
Greenville alum Roy Mulholland is the head coach of the Panthers. He was won more than 300 career games.
The Panthers will have a chance to end their current four-game losing streak before the Red Devils hit town on Saturday, as Greenville will visit winless Blackburn on Tuesday.
Eureka already owns a victory over the Panthers this season, making a school-record 40 free throws as a team in an 83-73 triumph at the Reagan Center on Nov. 30.
ENDING THE GREENVILLE BLUES
While Eureka and Greenville have split their first six SLIAC games at the Reagan Center, the Red Devils will be shooting for the their first-ever league win at Greenville’s H.J. Long Gymnasium this Saturday.
Eureka is 0-5 on Greenville’s home floor since joining the conference in 2006. Three of the Red Devils’ five defeats have come by two points or less.
ANOTHER SLIAC AWARD FOR BROWN
Senior forward Khassandrae Brown has been named the SLIAC Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday night.
The East Peoria, Ill. native finished the week with averages of 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.0 block. She made 21 of 29 shots from the field and was also solid at the free throw line, knocking down 20 of 23 attempts for an .870 percentage
RED DEVILS WIN TWO ON THE ROAD
Eureka continued its dramatic improvement in conference action last week with a pair of road victories. The Red Devils beat Blackburn on Wednesday, 88-66, before earning an 83-44 victory at Principia on Saturday. Eureka never trailed in either contest.
As of Tuesday, Eureka owns sole possession of second place in the league standings with a 7-2 record. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season, excluding NCAA provisional member Spalding, will participate in the conference tournament at the site of the regular season conference champion. Eureka has never qualified for the SLIAC Tournament.
EETEN TIES ASSIST RECORD
Sophomore guard Caty Eeten handed out 14 assists on Wednesday at Blackburn to match a program record that has stood for more than two decades.
Eeten now shares the Eureka record with Deb Kessinger, who also recorded 14 assists in a game during the 1990-91 season. Eeten’s effort helped improve her season assist average to a SLIAC-best 4.6 per game.
BYARD KEEPS CLIMBING THE LIST
Four-year senior Lisa Byard continued her march up the all-time Eureka rebounding list last week. Byard finished Saturday’s game at Principia with a team-best eight rebounds to pass Raeanne Albin (1998-02) for sole possession of sixth place in program history. Byard now has 623 rebounds in her 90-game collegiate career and needs four more boards to match Tina Sharp (1992-96) for fifth place (627) in the all-time Eureka rankings.
BUGAIESKI CAN’T MISS
Sophomore guard Kiley Bugaieski enjoyed an excellent week for the Red Devils, making 10 of 14 shots from 3-point range in Eureka’s three victories. She will enter this Wednesday’s game against MacMurray having made seven 3-pointers in a row.
Bugaieski went 5-for-5 on 3-point field goal attempts last Wednesday at Blackburn to become the first Red Devil to make five triples in the same game since Lindsey Crum on Feb. 14, 2009 against Maryville.
The sophomore from Tremont, Ill. has been especially accurate against SLIAC opponents, knocking down a league-best 59 percent (17-for-29) of her shots from 3-point range in nine appearances off the bench.
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