For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 20, 2011
School Records Fall in 114-29 Win Over Lincoln Christian
EUREKA, Ill. – The Eureka College women’s basketball team set a new school record with 114 points Thursday night in a 114-29 non-conference victory over Lincoln Christian at the Reagan Center. The Red Devils also set single-game school records with 40 steals, 35 assists and 11 3-point field goals made.
Using relentless full-court pressure, the Red Devils (5-9) opened up an 18-0 lead in the first 4-minutes, 4-seconds of the contest. A total of 11 Red Devils scored in the first 20 minutes, led by 15 points from junior guard Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.). Eureka carried a 69-17 lead into halftime.
Hamilton finished with a game-high 20 points in a season-low 20 minutes to lead a group of five Red Devils to score in double-figures. All 13 healthy Red Devils played at least six minutes with 12 Eureka players making at least one shot from the field.
Eureka’s Lisa Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) recorded the game’s only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Amanda Schreck (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville H.S.) came off the bench to score 11 points after halftime and finish with a career-high 13 points in 23 minutes. Junior guard Lanie Viti (Streator, Ill./Woodland H.S.) came off the bench to score eight points, her first points since Jan. 3, 2009 at Maryville.
Jonni McCaslin led the visitors (0-9) with 11 points. The Red Devils forced 50 Lincoln Christian turnovers.
The Red Devils’ 114 points topped the previous school record of 106 points set during a game against Greenville during the 1992-93 season. The 40 steals on Thursday night broke the previous record of 33 steals set against Lincoln Christian in 1999-00, while the 35 assists broke the previous record of 33 set during the 1990-91 season against MacMurray. Eureka made 47 field goals Thursday night, one short of the school record. The 114 points scored by the Red Devils were the third-most by a Division III team in a single game this season, according to the NCAA’s last weekly report released on Monday.
Eureka made seven 3-point baskets in the game’s final 20 minutes, and the Red Devils’ 11 3-point baskets for the game broke the previous school record of 10 3-pointers set at Principia on Jan. 23, 2007.
The Red Devils will return to St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action this Saturday, visiting Blackburn for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Carlinville, Ill.
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