SLIAC Weekly Release - Jan. 28

SLIAC Weekly Release - Jan. 28

This week in the SLIAC is a weekly review of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It recaps the prior weeks results and highlights upcoming events. You can also find the latest standings, statistics, schedules and awards.

HEADLINES

Iowa Wesleyan Names Halfpop New Women's Soccer Head Coach (January 27, 2015)
Kyle Halfpop begins his head coaching career with the Tigers after spending the last two years as the Academy Director and a coach in the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club (DASC).....MORE

SLIAC Game of the Week: Spalding at Iowa Wesleyan (January 27, 2015)
This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is a rematch in women's basketball from earlier this season between Spalding University and Iowa Wesleyan College.....MORE

Fontbonne Favorites In SLIAC Softball Preseason Poll(January 27, 2015)
For the sixth consecutive year Fontbonne University is the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Preseason favorites.....MORE

SLIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The SLIAC Players of the Week are honored for their performances during the week. Click on the sport link below to see the full list of 2014-15 Players of the Week. For this week's Player of the Week release - HERE

Men's Basketball- Aaron Griffin, Webster University
Women's Basketball- Kelsey Shoemake, Eureka College

Men's Basketball l Women's Basketball

SLIAC WINTER STANDINGS

Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball

 

 

School SLIAC Overall   School SLIAC Overall
Spalding
11-1 14-5   Spalding
11-0 14-3
MacMurray 8-2 8-9   Westminster
9-2 11-5
Webster
7-3 11-6   Iowa Wesleyan
8-2 11-6
Greenville 7-3 10-7   Eureka 7-3 10-8
Fontbonne 5-5 6-11   Greenville 4-6 7-9
Eureka 5-6 7-10   Webster 4-6 7-10
Iowa Wesleyan
3-7 7-9   Fontbonne
3-7 7-10
Principia
2-8 4-11   MacMurray
3-7 5-12
Blackburn 2-8 3-14   Principia 2-8 7-9
Westminster 2-9 3-15   Blackburn 0-10 0-17

AROUND THE SLIAC

The Blackburn soccer teams recently celebrated recent and past achievements at their annual banquet. The Beavers brought together 130 players, alumni, and friends of the programs to share in stories from current head coaches Rob Steinkuehler and Tim Gould as well as several soccer alumni honored during the banquet.

After winning four consecutive games the Eureka men's basketball team has dropped three straight, most recently falling 69-52 to Spalding. Eureka will look to snap their losing streak with a pair of road games this week as they face Principia on Saturday and MacMurray next Wednesday. The Red Devils are chasing the final spot in the SLIAC Tournament and are currently in sixth place, 2.5 games back.

The Fontbonne men's basketball team has won two straight game and closed in on the final spot in the SLIAC Tournament. The Griffins are two games back now for the final spot and will face first place Spalding on Saturday and then one of the teams they are chasing, fourth place Greenville next Wednesday.

The Greenville women's basketball team has dropped two straight and will need to improve their road play if they want to break the losing streak. The Panthers are 6-4 at home this season but just 1-5 on the road. The Panthers next two games will be at Blackburn and at Westminster. Greenville is currently 7-9 overall and 4-6 in the SLIAC.

Iowa Wesleyan announced the addition of Kyle Halfpop as their new head coach of the women's soccer program. Halfpop comes to Iowa Wesleyan after most recently serving as the Academy Director and coach in the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club. Halfpop has previously served as an assistant coach at Central College and was the Technical Director for the Pella Soccer Club. Halfpop is a 2005 graduate from Central College, where he was a captain and three year All-Conference performer.

The Highlanders recently held their 2014 Volleyball Post Season banquet, honoring several student-athletes. Morgan Hauser was awarded the Offensive MVP while Rachel Kilver received Defensive MVP. Shayla Boen was named Most Improved Player while Aly Ferrari and Hollie Schultz were given the Co-Hustle Award. For a full list click HERE

Principia's Larry Patterson tried his best to help his team knock off MacMurray last weekend, scoring 31 points in his team's 79-69 loss. Patterson was 8-of-17 from the field and went 13-of-17 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and seven assists. On the season Patterson is averaging 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

The Spalding women's basketball team extended their winning streak to ten games and are now 12-0 in SLIAC play. The Golden Eagles remain the top defensive team in the league, forcing nearly 20 turnovers per game and holding opponents to just 49.3 points per game . The Golden Eagles will close out their four game road stretch with games against Iowa Wesleyan and Fontbonne this week.

A recent surge by the Webster men's basketball team has propelled the Gorloks into prime position for the SLIAC Tournament. Webster has won three straight games; defeating Fontbonne, Blackburn, and Westminster. The Gorloks have acheived this despite the loss of leading scorer Ahmad Smith due to injury.
The Blue Jays women's basketball team has taken over second place in the SLIAC standings thanks to a four game winning streak. The Blue Jays have taken down Fontbonne, Webster, Central Christian, and Principia in order and are currently 11-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference.

THIS WEEK'S SLIAC SCHEDULE

To see a complete schedule of this week's SLIAC action click HERE

KEEP UP WITH THE SLIAC ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Be sure to keep up with the SLIAC using various social media tools. You can follow us on Twitter (@sliac) HERE or Facebook (St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) HERE

Be sure to check out the SLIAC You Tube Channel. There you will find our weekly Feature Friday series where we talk with student-athletes from around the conference and help you get to know them outside of athletics and give you an idea of what it is like to be a NCAA Division III student-athlete. Last week we spoke with Seth Wickert, a men's basketball player from Eureka College and how athletics has played an important role in his life. Watch HERE

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