Category: SLIAC

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


Eureka College senior guard Caty Eeten scored 23 points, including a driving layup with 9:19 left in the second half to break the all-time Eureka scoring record, lifting the Red Devils to a 97-76 non-conference win over Knox College, Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center. The decision also marked the first home victory for new head coach Victoria Jones. Eeten overcame early foul trouble and went 10-for-16 for the field to finish the contest with 1,485 points, breaking the previous EC record of 1,483 set by Jessica Reardon (2001-05). Eeten, who set the new all-time mark in only 71 career appearances, also owns all-time program records in scoring average (20.9), free throws made (466) and free throws attempted (575). She also has made 481 career field goals, 103 shy of the all-time Eureka record of 584 set by Jill McGinnis (1991-95). Saturday’s game was played at the Prairie Fire’s brisk tempo that includes full-court pressure and frequent mass substitutions. The visitors quickly claimed their largest lead of the afternoon, 10-4, less than five minutes into the contest. The Red Devils recovered quickly, responding with a 11-4 run and snagging their first lead of the day when junior forward Kelsey Shoemake scored in transition for a 15-14 edge with 12:52 left in the first half.

-Bob

Eureka College junior guard Seth Wickert erupted for 30 points and six rebounds and senior guard Connor Lincoln tacked on a career-high 16 points in his fourth career start, but a 3-point play from North Park‘s Juwan Henry with 1:09 remaining helped the Vikings rally for an 87-83 non-conference victory over the Red Devils, Tuesday night at the Reagan Center. The decision snapped Eureka’s 9-game home win streak. The Vikings led for a large portion of the first half and eventually opened up their largest lead of the night when Ryan Hyrn connected on a 3-point try for a 21-16 lead with 10:49 left in the half. Eureka answered the early deficit, ripping off 12 unanswered points to spark a 19-4 run over the next 6:24. Wickert scored 13 of his 30 points during the surge, including a pair of free throws with 9:01 remaining in the half for Eureka’s first lead of the night at 22-21. Eureka ultimately held a 35-25 cushion, its biggest lead of the game. Eureka shot a season-high 51 percent (28-for-55) as a team and held a 33-22 edge on the glass. The defeat ended a 9-game home win streak that dated back to December of last season.

-Bob

Two-time defending St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Webster got a match-high nine kills from Sam Kersting and committed only nine errors as a team for a .295 hitting percentage to earn a 25-19, 25-8, 25-13 league victory over the Eureka College volleyball team, Friday night at the Reagan Center. Eureka (0-8, 0-3 SLIAC) senior Kelli Dunne and junior Kelsey Shoemake shared the team lead with six kills apiece.  The Red Devils had 19 kills as a team.  Senior setter Emily Campbell collected all 17 of the Red Devils’ assist and added 10 digs for her second consecutive double-double and her third double-double of the season. Freshman Arianna Young led EC defensively with 12 digs, while classmate Molly Jugovic had two block solos and two block assists.

-Bob

Eureka College junior guard Caty Eeten poured in a game-high 29 points, while sophomore forward Kelsey Shoemake delivered her third consecutive double-double, leading the Red Devils to their highest point total versus a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent since joining the league six years ago in a 91-77 conference victory over MacMurray, Wednesday night at the Reagan Center. The Red Devils scored the first four points of the game and eventually took its largest lead of the first 20 minutes when senior forward Melissa Clements hit a jumper for a 24-15 advantage with 7:45 to play before halftime. The Highlanders answered with a 13-0 run over the next 3:39, as Whittney Wade‘s 3-pointer gave the visitors their first lead of the night, 25-24, with 4:39 left. Eureka regrouped, regaining the lead for good in the final minute on a 3-point play from freshman forward Kayla Bryant, the first points of her collegiate career. Bryant’s effort gave the Red Devils a 33-32 edge, part of an 8-0 run that allowed the hosts to carry a 38-32 lead into the locker room. Eeten went 11-for-17 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line on her way to 29 points. Shoemake tacked on 21 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jenna Brooks also reached double-figures with 11 points. Senior forward Jaylynn Stewart distributed a game-high seven assists. The victory improves the Red Devils to 3-0 overall for the second consecutive season and just the third time since the 1991-92 season. The Red Devils are also 1-0 in SLIAC play for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. Eureka will continue SLIAC play Saturday with its annual trip to Louisville, Ky. for a noon CT tip-off versus Spalding. Click here to view more game photo’s.

-Bob

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