For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Feb. 14, 2011
Greenville Too Much For Eureka, 86-73
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College freshman guard Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) scored a team-high 17 points and fell two assists short of a triple-double, but visiting Greenville shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and 54 percent for the game on its way to a 86-73 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Red Devils, Monday night at the Reagan Center.
Eureka maintained a fast pace in the first five minutes of the game and held a seven-point lead on three different occasions. Eureka led by seven as late as the 5:50 mark of the first half when junior forward Lisa Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) scored inside to push the Red Devils in front, 36-29. Greenville responded with a 12-1 run over the next 3:40 and led 41-37 after a pair of foul shots from Stacey Lawrence. Eureka regained the lead on Eeten’s steal and breakway lay-in with 1:32 left, but the Panthers forced the sixth tie of the half and eventually carried a one-point lead into halftime after Ieisha Adams made two free throws with four seconds left before intermission.
Trailing 45-44 at halftime, the Red Devils scored the first five points of the second for a 49-45 advantage. Greenville answered with an 18-4 run over the next six minutes and led by at least two possessions for the remainder of the contest. The Greenville lead ballooned to 14 points (73-59) before the Red Devils cut it back down to nine (78-69) with 4:05 remaining, but the Panthers closed the game on an 8-4 run to earn their third consecutive SLIAC road win.
Eeten finished the contest with 17 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals. Junior guard Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) added 16 points for the Red Devils, followed by Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) with 14 points and Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) with 10 points. Eureka swatted six blocked shots as a team, its highest total in a single game since redirecting seven shots in a blowout victory over Mount Mary at the EC Classic on Dec. 4, 2009.
Lawrence scored a game-high 22 points, 11 of which came during a four-minute stretch midway through the second half that pushed the Greenville advantage from five points to 12 points. The Panthers held a 45-35 rebounding edge and outscored the Red Devils in the paint, 46-32.
The Red Devils will play their final home game of the regular season this Wednesday night at the Reagan Center against Blackburn at 6 p.m.
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