For Immediate Release
Women's Basketball -- Jan. 29, 2011
Webster Pulls Away to Top Eureka, 70-54
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College junior Khassandrae Brown (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S./Kankakee) scored a game-high 17 points and freshman Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) added 15 points and five assists, but visiting Webster was able to slowly build a second half lead and earn a 70-54 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center.
The Red Devils (5-12, 2-8 SLIAC) controlled the opening minutes and eventually broke the fifth tie of the first half on Brown’s layup with 12:28 left for a 16-14 lead. Brown added two free throws less than two minutes later to give Eureka a four-point advantage, its largest lead of the afternoon. The Gorloks controlled the final 10 minutes of the half and regained the lead on Courtney Pursley’s 3-point basket with 9:30 left for a 20-18 lead. Webster closed the half on a 12-4 run over the final five minutes and led 34-24 at intermission.
Webster (12-7, 7-3 SLIAC) pushed its lead 17 points (54-37) when Katy Meyer scored with 7:22 remaining in the game, but Eureka responded with a 7-0 blitz in the ensuing 54 seconds to claw back within 10 points, 54-44. Two free throws from Brown, a steal and a lay-in by Eeten and a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jaquie Flanagan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) made up the run.
The Gorloks were able to weather the Eureka storm, however, and hold on for their seventh SLIAC win of the season. Maggie Zehner scored all 10 of her points in the second half and her layup with 2:42 left pushed the Gorloks in front, 65-45.
Eureka junior forward Lisa Byard (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) gathered a team-high nine rebounds and her final rebound with 14 seconds remaining in the game moved her into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time Eureka rebounding list with 530 boards. She needs nine more rebounds to move into a tie for ninth place on the all-time list with Bobbie Williams (1986-90).
Four Webster starters scored in double-figures, led by 12 points from Meyer. Megan Willett recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Eureka will continue its season-long four-game home stand this Wednesday when its hosts Greenville at the Reagan Center at 6 p.m.
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