For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Dec. 18, 2010
Illinois-Springfield Downs Eureka, 87-70
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Eureka College freshman guard Emilee Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) connected on four 3-point baskets en route to a career-high 19 points, but Division II Illinois-Springfield put together a 21-point halftime lead before holding on for a 87-70 non-conference win over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Ill.
The Prairie Stars scored the first five points of the game and opened up a 21-3 lead with 14:02 remaining in the first half before Eureka settled in. A basket from Mallory Beck gave UIS a 43-17 lead with 2:03 left before halftime, but the Red Devils closed the half on a 5-0 run to trail 43-22 at intermission.
Eureka responded with a solid second half, scoring 48 points on 52 percent shooting from the field (16-for-31). The visitors trimmed their deficit to 17 points (58-41) on a layup by junior point guard Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) with 11:29 left in the game, but the Red Devils couldn’t get any closer.
The Red Devils had one last run left, rattling off a 13-4 run over the final 5-minutes, 50-seconds of the contest. Freshman Kiley Bugaieski (Tremont, Ill./Tremont H.S.) converted a three-point play and later knocked down a 3-point basket during the stretch to end the game, but the Red Devils ran out of time in their comeback bid and dropped their third straight decision.
Hamilton finished the game with a double-double, scoring 14 points and collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) added a Eureka career-high18 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in 34 minutes off the bench.
Bailey Beale led a group of three UIS players to score in double-figures, pouring in 25 points on 7-for-8 shooting from beyond the 3-point line in just 25 minutes played. Cristina Nevins dished out a game-high 10 assists in the win.
Eureka will play one final game before breaking for the holidays, visiting Division III independent Mount Mary this Monday at 1 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.
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