For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 12, 2011
Spalding Defeats Eureka, 82-57
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Eureka College freshman guard Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, but Spalding's Kelly Harrod poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead the Golden Eagles to an 82-57 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Red Devils, Wednesday night in Louisville, Ky.
The Red Devils (3-9, 1-5 SLIAC) held the lead in the early going, pushing in front 9-8 on two free throws from junior forward Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) with 16:39 left in the first half. The hosts would respond with a 20-4 blitz over the next eight minutes for a 28-13 advantage with 9:08 remaining before halftime.
Spalding (7-6, 4-1 SLIAC) eventually led by 16 points, 36-20, before the Red Devils cut their deficit down to 11 points at halftime (40-29) behind three points each from Eeten, Lisa Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) and Emilee Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) in the final five minutes.
Eureka started the second half with a flurry, making three of its first four shots after intermission during an 8-0 burst to trim the Spalding lead to 40-37. The Golden Eagles responded accordingly, scoring 14 consecutive points and holding the Red Devils scoreless for more than seven minutes, for a 54-37 advantage with 10:43 left in the contest.
Junior guard Sara Hamilton (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./Illinois Central) was able to bring the Red Devils back within 12 (56-44) with her jumper with 8:42 left, but the Spalding lead would never dip below double-digits as the Golden Eagles coasted to their fourth straight SLIAC victory.
Just three days after making 30 free throws against Westminster, the most free throws by a Division III team in a single contest this season, the Red Devils went 14-for-20 from the line in Wednesday’s loss. Byard narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. She has 499 career rebounds and needs just 30 boards to enter Eureka’s all-time top-10 list. Hamilton also scored nine points for the visitors.
Harrod’s 21 points led a group of five Golden Eagles to score in double-figures. Beth Jamison had the contest’s lone double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. The Golden Eagles shot 53 percent (17-for-32) in the second half.
The Red Devils will return home this Saturday to host SLIAC foe MacMurray at 1 p.m.
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