At a Glance
This week's SLIAC Game of the Week features the women's basketball game game between Fontbonne University and Eureka College in a game that will have heavy implications on the postseason. Eureka is currently tied for the final spot into the SLIAC Tournament while Fontbonne sits two games out and with just four games remaining in the regular season, need a win to remain in the hunt. The game is set for Saturday, February 13th at 1 p.m. in Eureka, Ill. You can watch the SLIAC Game of the Week on video HERE or on live stats HERE
Eureka begins the week with a 9-12 overall record and an 8-6 record in the SLIAC. The Red Devils are currently tied for the fourth spot into the SLIAC Tournament. They suffered a 63-43 loss to Westminster last Saturday that ended their six game winning streak. Eureka will host second place Iowa Wesleyan on Wednesday before hosting Fontbonne on Saturday.
Eureka is averaging 60.3 points per game, seventh in the conference, and allow 64.3 points per game. They rely heavily on the three-point shot, averaging a conference high 28.7 attempts per game. Defensively the Red Devils rank third in steals per game and have held opponents to the fourth lowest field goal percentage this season.
The Red Devils are led by senior guard Emily Camden and junior forward Michaela Balducci. Camden leads the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and is one of the league's top long range shooters. Balducci is averaging 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season, ranking fourth in the league. Sophomore guard Kerrigan Dura runs the team's offense; averaging 5.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
Fontbonne is averaging 69.7 points per game, second in the conference. Their fast paced offense likes to push the ball and look for quick points. When in a half-court offense however they tend to look inside, which has allowed them to attempt the second most free-throws this season.
The Griffins are a deep team with nine players averaging double digit minutes. Leading the way is junior guard DeAmbra Pilkinton at 13.9 points per game. Jessica Jordan, a freshman, gives the Griffins an athletic wing player; averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 47-percent from the field. Junior guard Emmie Haring leads the conference in assists and makes the Griffins offense go, averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 assists per game.
- Fontbonne leads the all-time series against Eureka 11-9 including a 76-57 win earlier this season in St. Louis, Mo.
- Eureka has been tough at home this season, winning six games at home and out scoring their opponents by an average of nearly five points in the confines of their newly renovated gym.
- After knocking off then first-place Iowa Wesleyan on January 27th, and giving them a winning record in conference play at 6-5, the Griffins have dropped three straight conference games to sit at 6-8 in the SLIAC.
- Eureka's Emily Camden recently had quite a memorable night last week. Last Thursday Camden joined the 1,000 point club in the first-half of her game against MacMurray. In the second-half Camden broke the program record for career three-pointers.
- Fontbonne's Emmie Haring leads the SLIAC in assists this season with 117. Haring also led the conference in assists last season, with 149.