For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 4, 2011
Red Devils Can't Get Past Fontbonne, 71-58
CLAYTON, Mo. – The Eureka College women’s basketball team received a game-high 23 points from junior guard Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central), but the Red Devils couldn’t erase a 9-point halftime deficit in a 71-58 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss at defending league champion Fontbonne, Tuesday night at Mabee Gymnasium in Clayton, Mo.
Fontbonne (6-6, 2-1 SLIAC) scored the first points of the game and held the lead throughout the first half, but the Red Devils (3-6, 1-2 SLIAC) stayed close. The Griffins bumped their lead to as many as 12 points, 27-15, on a pair of free throws from Sara Killian with 3:26 left before halftime, but Eureka responded with a 9-2 run over the next 1:28 behind five points from Hamilton to trail 29-24 with 1:58 left.
The hosts pushed their lead back to double-digits in the final minute of the half before Eureka freshman Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) made two foul shots with 15 seconds left to set the halftime score at 37-28 in favor of Fontbonne.
The Griffins slowly pushed their lead to as many as 19 points, 63-44, with 6:46 remaining, but Eureka battled back again. Hamilton scored to ignite a 14-6 Eureka surge that covered the following six minutes and bring the Red Devils within 11, 69-58, in the final minute. Killian made a pair of free throws on Fontbonne’s ensuing possession to ice the victory for the Griffins.
Hamilton turned in her most accurate shooting performance of the season, going 11-for-15 from the field. Eeten scored nine of her 12 points in the first half in just her third game as a Red Devil. Junior forward Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) was the third Eureka player to score in double-figures with 10 points in the full 40 minutes. She also had five assists, a new Eureka career-high.
Chelsey Freymuch paced the Griffins with 22 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Reigning SLIAC Player of the Year Kaitlin Bramel added 12 points in the win.
The Red Devils will try to return to the win column when they close their five-game road trip this Thursday at SLIAC foe Greenville at 6 p.m. Eureka and Greenville split their season series last year.
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