For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Feb. 1, 2012
Eureka Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
ENTERING THE FINAL MONTH
The Eureka College women’s basketball team will enter the final month of the regular season with two more games scheduled against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents this week.
The Red Devils will go for their first-ever season series sweep of Blackburn with a 6 p.m. start at the Reagan Center on Wednesday. Eureka will also shoot for its first sweep of Webster when the Red Devils invade Grant Gymnasium on Saturday at 1 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo.
Blackburn will try to put an end to its 20-game losing streak when the Beavers visit the Reagan Center on Wednesday night. Blackburn is 0-19 overall this season and 0-10 in conference action.
Freshman forward Briana Rae leads the Blackburn attack with 11.6 points per game. She also leads the Beavers with 7.5 rebounds per game.
Jen Windmiller is in her first season as head coach at Blackburn. The Quincy, Ill. native owns coaching experience on the AAU circuit and as an assistant at Augustana. She played basketball and earned her undergraduate degree from Augustana in 2008.
Blackburn has controlled the all-time SLIAC series with the Red Devils, winning eight out of the first 11 contests. Eureka has won two of the last three games against Blackburn, including an 88-66 triumph on Jan. 18 in Carlinville.
Currently in the midst of the battle for a SLIAC Tournament berth, Webster will enter the week with an overall record of 8-10 and a SLIAC record of 6-3.
Webster, who will visit league-leading Westminster on Wednesday before hosting the Red Devils on Saturday, has won four of its last five games. No Gorlok scores in double-figures on average and nine different players have earned a starting assignment this season.
Jefferson City, Mo. native Jordan Olufson is in his fourth season as the head coach at Webster. He has guided the Gorloks to a 53-44 record since taking over the program prior to the 2008-09 season.
Eureka downed Webster at the Reagan Center on Jan. 10, 81-62, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the all-time series. The Red Devils are 4-7 against the Gorloks since joining the SLIAC in 2006.
WIN STREAK HITS SEVEN
Eureka pushed its winning streak to seven games with a pair of SLIAC victories last week.
The Red Devils topped MacMurray last Wednesday at the Reagan Center, 69-35. The 35 points allowed and 34-point margin of victory marked Eureka’s best defensive effort in its 83-game SLIAC history.
Eureka snapped a five-game losing streak at Greenville and completed its first season series sweep of the Panthers since joining the SLIAC in a 74-65 win at Greenville last Saturday.
Eureka senior forward Lisa Byard claimed sole possession of fifth place on Eureka’s all-time rebounding list in grand fashion in Eureka’s victory at Greenville on Saturday.
Byard grabbed 15 rebounds, her best effort on the glass since pulling down a career-high 20 boards against Blackburn as a freshman on Feb. 11, 2009, bumping her career total to 642.
QUALIFYING FOR THE TOURNAMENT
With only five SLIAC games remaining on the 2011-12 schedule, Eureka has earned its first-ever SLIAC Tournament berth.
The Red Devils hold a 6.0 game lead over MacMurray, which has five league games remaining and is currently the first team on the outside of the conference tournament picture. The Highlanders dropped a 56-45 decision at Principia on Tuesday night.
The SLIAC Tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 24 at the site of the regular season conference champion. The top four teams in the final conference standings, excluding NCAA Division III provisional member Spalding, will compete in the annual tournament.
HAMILTON CRACKS THE TOP-10
Senior guard Sara Hamilton leads the Red Devils this season with 26 3-point field goals and is the active program leader with 45 career 3-pointers. She now ranks among the 10 best 3-point shooters in program history.
Hamilton’s 3-for-6 effort from long range on Saturday at Greenville moved her into a ninth-place tie on Eureka’s all-time list with Wendy Schmaedke (1995-99). Hamilton, who has started all 42 games of her EC career since transferring from Illinois Central in 2010, needs four more 3-pointers to reach Tracey Specketer (2002-04) and Lauren Snopek (2008-10) for a seventh-place tie.
Additionally, sophomore guard Kiley Bugaieski needs two more 3-pointers to reach the top-10 list. The Tremont, Ill. native currently ranks 11th on Eureka’s all-time 3-pointer list with 43 career triples.
PROGRAM RECORDS IN DANGER
With six regular season games remaining on the 2011-12 schedule, a handful of single-season EC records are in danger of falling.
Senior forward Khassandrae Brown has recorded one of the most accurate single-season shooting performances by a Red Devil in program history. Brown is shooting 58.0 percent (105-for-181) this season. The Eureka record belongs to Allison Shelton, who shot 58.5 percent (55-for-94) during the 2009-10 season.
As a team, the Red Devils have made 355 free throws this season and are on pace to break the single-season school record of 412 set during the 1993-94 season.
Eureka’s 15 victories match the best single-season mark since the Red Devils won 15 contests in 2005-06. The single-season program record for victories is 22 set in 1993-94. Six regular season games remain for the Red Devils this season.
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