Category: Golden Eagles

Spalding University opened up an early lead during Saturday’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest against the Eureka College women’s basketball team at the Reagan Center, holding off repeated rallies from the Red Devils in a 73-64 league victory, Saturday afternoon.  Eureka sophomore guard Emily Camden scored a career-high 19 points in the loss. Spalding led for all but 17 seconds of Saturay’s game, scoring on its first possession of the afternoon and eventually extending its cushion to double digits on Kerstin Hayes’ layup for a 19-9 lead with 9:53 left before halftime. Eureka answered with an 8-0 run, anchored by back-to-back triples from Camden. The Golden Eagles lead eventually dwindled to a single point, 25-24, but the visitors closed the first period on a 10-0 run over the final 2:55 of the the frame to lead 35-24 at intermission. Eureka trimmed the deficit back to four, 40-36, on a layup from senior guard Caty Eeten at the 15:11 mark.  Spalding regained a 10-point cushion less than two minutes later and ultimately led by as many as 16 on Hannah Washle’s free throws for a 59-43 lead with 7:51 to play. Eeten led all scorers with 21 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.  Camden was 4-for-7 from 3-point range.  Junior forward Kelsey Shoemake added 13 points, eight boards and two blocked shots. Saturday’s defeat ended Eureka’s eight-game home win streak that dated back to November.  The Red Devils will return to the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. SLIAC tip-off at MacMurray in Jacksonville, Ill.

-Bob


Bradley University put its Missouri Valley Conference record 16-game streak of games decided by no more than one goal to rest Monday night by powering past visiting Oral Roberts for a 5-2 victory on Senior Night at Shea Stadium. After the Braves honored its nine seniors in a pregame ceremony, the underclassmen took over once the game started by combining for three goals and four assists on the night.  Sophomore midfielder Keegan Balle led the charge by scoring his first goal of the season and adding a pair of assists for a career-best four points.  The five-goal outburst was Bradley’s largest since a 7-1 win against Alabama A&M Sept. 12, 2010 at Evansville’s tournament and the best offensive output at home a 7-0 win against Drury Sept. 12, 2003 at Shea Stadium. Bradley broke the game open with a flurry of goals to end the half. Balle finished off a Bryan Gaul cross at the right post for the go-ahead goal at 31:52.  After hitting the cross bar on a empty-net, point blank shot moments earlier, junior defender Matt Kuehl pounced on a Wojciech Wojcik service that caromed off the left post and poked home what proved to be the game-winner at 39:26.

-Bob

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