For Immediate Release
Jan. 24, 2011
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
ONE UP, ONE DOWN
•The Eureka College women’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record last week, beating Lincoln Christian 114-29 at the Reagan Center Thursday night and dropping an 80-72 decision at Blackburn on Saturday.
• The Red Devils set a new school record with 114 points in Thursday’s win. Eureka also set single-game school records with 40 steals, 35 assists and 11 3-point field goals made. The 114 points scored by the Red Devils were the third-most by a Division III team in a single game this season, according to the NCAA’s latest weekly report released on Jan. 17.
•Eureka overcame a 13-point deficit and forced a tie as late as the 7:03 mark of the second half Saturday at Blackburn, but the Beavers made seven of its final eight free throw attempts to hold off the Red Devils.
THE BYARD WATCH
•Eureka junior forward Lisa Byard continued her march toward the top-10 of the Eureka rebounding list with 10 boards last week.
All-Time Eureka Rebounding List
1. Nicole Fisher 2004-08 892
9. Bobbie Williams 1986-90 539
10. Dannette Gilmore 1984-88 529
11. Terese Raum 1988-92 523
12. Lisa Byard 2008- 516
SLIAC TOURNAMENT PUSH?
•Though Eureka won only two of its eight SLIAC games during the first half of the league schedule, the Red Devils may be able to take advantage of a more favorable schedule over the next five weeks in their push for a league tournament berth.
•Five of Eureka’s final eight SLIAC games will be played at the Reagan Center, including the next four in a row. Of Eureka’s three remaining SLIAC road opponents, only league-leader Westminster has a winning record (8-0).
•The top four teams in the final SLIAC standings, excluding NCAA provisional member Spalding, qualify for the league tournament at the site of the regular season champion beginning Feb. 25.
SCOUTING NEXT WEEK
•The Red Devils and the rest of the SLIAC will begin the second half of the conference schedule this week. Like the Eureka men, the Red Devils’ upcoming two opponents currently reside among the top half of the SLIAC standings.
•The Red Devils will look to return to the win column starting Wednesday in a 6 p.m. tip-off against Spalding at the Reagan Center, the first game of a four-game home stand.
•Caty Eeten scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, but Spalding’s Kelly Harrod poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead the Golden Eagles to an 82-57 win over the Red Devils on Jan. 12 in Louisville, Ky.
•Eureka is 0-3 against Spalding since the Golden Eagles joined the league prior to the 2009-10 season.
•Spalding is 10-6 overall, 7-1 in the league and will carry a seven-game win streak into Wednesday’s game. The Golden Eagles haven’t lost since a 78-57 setback against HCAC power Transylvania (Ky.) in Louisville on Dec. 30.
•The Eureka schedule will remain challenging this weekend when Webster visits the Reagan Center at 1 p.m. Eureka will try to snap a six-game losing streak in the all-time series.
•The Red Devils shot a season-low 16 percent in a 69-29 loss to the Gorloks in St. Louis last month. Webster used 15 players in the contest and received 11 points apiece from Barissa Ford and Megan Willett.
•The Gorloks use a balanced attack, as eight different players have started at least five games. Katy Meyer and and Willett combine to average 20.8 points per game and are the only two players to have started all 17 contests this season. Webster will travel to Elsah, Ill. to play Principia on Tuesday before Saturday’s game in Eureka.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Westminster won its sixth consecutive contest Wednesday night at Webster, 89-65, to remain unbeaten at the midway point of the league schedule at 8-0. This week, the Blue Jays will host last-place MacMurray and make the lengthy road trip to second-place Spalding.
•Greenville, who started the campaign with five straight wins, fell out of a third-place tie with Webster after losing 83-71 to the Gorloks on Saturday. The Panthers have dropped six of their last 10 games since their 5-0 start. Greenville owns a two-game lead over Eureka for the final spot in the league tournament and visits the Reagan Center next Wednesday.
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