For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Feb. 22, 2011
Red Devils Shoot Down MacMurray in Finale, 82-74
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Eureka College freshman and reigning St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) scored 35 points and gathered a career-high 13 rebounds, leading the Red Devils to an 82-74 league victory over MacMurray in the season finale, Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Ill. Additionally, the Red Devils went a perfect 8-for-8 from 3-point range to break the single-season school record for 3-point baskets made with 109.
Eeten, who recorded her second 30-point game in less than a week after pouring in 36 points versus Blackburn last Wednesday, did most of her damage from the free throw line Tuesday night. She made 16 out of 17 attempts to match the single-game school record for free throws made held by Sherry Bryan and current teammate Lisa Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.).
MacMurray scored the first five points of the game and held the lead through the first three minutes, but back-to-back buckets from Eureka junior forward Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) gave the Red Devils their first lead of the game (10-8) with 15:32 left in the first half.
The Eureka lead swelled to seven before the hosts rattled off a 9-1 run and regained the lead, 30-29, on Whitney Wade’s 3-ball with 7:33 left before halftime. The MacMurray lead would be short-lived, as the Red Devils closed the frame on 19-8 run behind seven points from Eeten for a 48-38 lead at intermission.
The Red Devils maintained a lead of at least three possessions early in the second before MacMurray’s Kelsey Anderson made two free throws to bring the hosts back within five, 61-55, with 10:11 left in the game. Eureka quickly pushed its lead back to 10 points behind 3-pointers from Jaquie Flanagan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) and Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central).
The Highlanders’ final push came on a basket from Ashley Jenkins with 5:30 left to cut the deficit back to six, 71-66, but Eeten went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe in the final three minutes to help Eureka coast to its fourth road win in its last five tries.
Brown (14 points), Hamilton (12 points) and Byard (10 points) joined Eeten to give the Red Devils four starters to score in double-figures. Byard grabbed eight rebounds Tuesday night to run her season total to 162. She now has 565 career boards to rank eighth all-time on the all-time Eureka list.
The Red Devils needed four 3-point baskets on Tuesday to break the single-season school record of 104 held by the 2005-06 Red Devils. Eureka answered the challenge with its 8-for-8 showing from long range. The victory ends the Eureka season with a 9-15 record, a three-game improvement from last season. Eureka’s final SLIAC record of 5-11 was also a three-game improvement from 2009-10.
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