January 23, 2012

Eureka Sweeps Basketball Player of the Week Honors for Third Time this Season

St. Louis, Mo. - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has announced the men's and women's basketball athletes of the week for January 16-22.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Eureka College's Mark Lessen, a junior from Delavan, Ill., has been named the Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 16-22.

Lessen, a 6-7 junior, averaged 26.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.7 steals through three games played last week. He recorded two double-doubles and shot 73.3 percent (33-of-45) from the field, while helping Eureka extend its current SLIAC winning streak to four games.

Lessen started the week with a 24-point, 11-rebound performance in a 63-61 victory versus Spalding University. He then set new career-highs in the Red Devils' double digit victory (84-62) at Blackburn College with 34 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. He also shot 14-of-19 (.737) from the floor and tallied four blocks in the win. Lessen finished the week with 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks in an 88-55 win over Principia College.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Eureka College's Khassandrae Brown, a senior from East Peoria, Ill., has been named the Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 16-22. This marks the second time this season that she has earned the honor.

Brown, a 6-0 forward, averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and shot 72.4 percent (21-of-29) in three games played last week. She started the week with her seventh double-double of the season in an 82-69 win over Spalding University. She scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and shot 13-of-16 (.813) from the charity stripe in the win.

Brown added another 20-point performance on 8-of-11 (.727) shooting from the field and 4-of-4 (1.000) from the free throw line in Eureka's 88-66 victory versus Blackburn College. She finished the week with 13 points, three assists and two steals in an 83-44 win against Principia College.

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