For Immediate Release
Nov. 22, 2010
Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Nov. 22, 2010
THE MARTIN ERA IS UNDERWAY
The Eureka College women’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season last week, dropping a pair of contests to open the season 0-2.
The Red Devils lost a 79-40 decision at Knox last Thursday before falling 69-55 to the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the home opener on Saturday.
Last week’s games marked the beginning of the head coaching career of former Illinois State Director of Operations Taren Martin, who was chosen as Eureka’s ninth coach in program history last May.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Eureka junior forward Khassandrae Brown wasted little time making an impact for the Red Devils.
The junior college transfer from Kankakee was the leading scorer and rebounder for Eureka in her first two games as a Red Devil last week, including a 15-point, 10-rebound performance against MSOE on Saturday for her first Eureka double-double.
Khassandrae’s younger sister, freshman guard Emilee, has been Eureka’s most effective player off the bench, averaging 9.0 points in 29.0 minutes per game.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
Through the season’s first two games, Martin has used a variety of lineups and combinations to give several different players an opportunity to contribute.
A total of 10 different players played in both contests last week and averaged at least 10.0 minutes.
All 13 healthy players played at least three minutes in the season opener at Knox on Thursday, including junior forward Elizabeth Greger, who hadn’t played since Dec. 21, 2008 due to a knee injury.
Eureka will have a light week around the Thanksgiving holiday, hosting Northern Athletics Conference foe Concordia (Ill.) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in its lone matchup of the week before St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play starts Nov. 30.
The Cougars are 1-0 this season, romping to an 86-55 victory over Mount Mary on their home floor on Saturday. Senior guard Marche Smith scored 25 points in the win to lead all scorers. Ten different players played at least 13 minutes for Concordia.
Head coach Joshua Steffen is in his second season as head coach after previously coaching at Concordia (Mich.). The Champaign, Ill. native directed the Cougars to a 13-win season last year.
Tuesday’s game marks the first time the Red Devils have played against Concordia since the Cougars claimed a 71-52 win in Eureka’s final Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference game on Feb. 18, 2006 in River Forest, Ill.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
While St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play won’t begin until next week, eight of the nine teams in the league have already played at least two non-conference games and preseason favorite Fontbonne has played four times.
After a seventh place SLIAC finish in 2009-10 in which the Panthers won only eight games, Greenville is off to a 3-0 start with a win over the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a sweep of Hendrix (Ark.) and Rhodes (Tenn.) in its own tournament over the weekend in Greenville, Ill.
Greenville has won five straight games overall dating back to a 60-58 win over MacMurray on Feb. 20, 2010.
The nine SLIAC schools have combined to go 12-13 through the first week of non-conference action.
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