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SLIAC Weekly Release - February 24

SLIAC Weekly Release - February 24

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

HEADLINES  

Feature Friday with Michael Sain (February 19, 2016)
In this week's Feature Friday we sat down with Michael Sain, a men's basketball player from Eureka College. Michael talks about his role models and what it means to be a leader.....MORE

Several SLIAC Cross Country Programs Honored For Academic Success (Feb. 22, 2016)
A total of five St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) programs were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)for their academic success during the 2015 season.....MORE

Principia's Bushong Announces Retirement (Feb. 22, 2016)
After serving Principia in many different capacities for over 40 years, Head Basketball Coach Mike Bushong has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2015-16 season.....MORE

MacMurray Set To Host Tournament, Cap Wild 2015-16 Season (February 23, 2016)
MacMurray College will play host to the 2016 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball tournament, capping off the closest regular season race in conference history. Joining them in the tournament field will be Greenville College, Spalding University, and Westminster College.....MORE

Same Teams, New Setting; Eureka, Greenville, Spalding, Westminster To Do Battle  (February 23, 2016)
The same four teams from last year's SLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament return to do battle in the 2016 version; although Westminster College will serve as host this year. Eureka College, Greenville College, Spalding University, and Westminster College are back once more as they will compete this week for the SLIAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.....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 2015-16 Players of the Week.
For this week's Basketball Player of the Week release - HERE 
For this week's Baseball Player of the Week release - HERE

Men's Basketball

Brandon Goeing
Spalding University
Women's Basketball

Krista Armontrout
Westminster College
Baseball Hitter   Nick Cessna Westminster College
Baseball Pitcher   Johnny Lord Webster University

Men's Basketball l Women's Basketball

SLIAC WINTER STANDINGS

MEN'S BASKETBALL
      WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
     
School SLIAC Overall   School SLIAC Overall  
MacMurray
12-6
15-10
  Westminster
16-2 20-4
 
Greenville 12-6
13-12   Greenville
14-4 18-7
 
Westminster
10-8
10-15   Iowa Wesleyan
13-5
18-7  
Spalding 10-8 12-13
  Spalding 11-7 17-8  
Webster 10-8 13-12   Eureka 10-8
11-14
 
Eureka 10-8
12-13   Webster 9-9 12-13  
Iowa Wesleyan
9-9 13-12   Fontbonne 7-11 8-17
 
Blackburn 9-9 10-15   Principia 4-14 4-19
 
Fontbonne 6-12
8-17
  MacMurray 4-14 4-21  
Principia 2-16
5-18
  Blackburn 2-16 2-23
 

AROUND THE SLIAC

Although they missed the SLIAC Tournament, the men's basketball team can look at 2015-16 as a successful season. The Beavers totaled 10 wins, their most since the 2006-07 season. In fact the Beavers 10 wins this season were as many as they had in the three previous years combined.
The Eureka women's basketball team earned a #4 seed in this year's SLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Red Devils secured a spot into the tournament for the fifth consecutive year. They will face host and #1 seed Westminster College on Friday at 8 p.m. The Red Devils are 2-4 all-time in their previous four trips to the post-season.
The Fontbonne women's cross country team was one of just five SLIAC programs to be honored by United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic success this past year. The Griffins had a team grade-point average of 3.523 and were one of 207 women's teams in NCAA Division III to earn All-Academic team honors.
The dream season for the Greenville men's basketball team continued as the Panthers earned a share of the SLIAC regular season title for the first time since 1995-96. The Panthers will be the #2 seed in this year's conference tournament and face #3 seed Westminster in the first-round on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Fulton, Mo. Greenville is currently 13-12 overall and lead NCAA Division III in scoring at 114.0 points per game.

Iowa Wesleyan women's basketball team will be the #2 seed in this year's United States Collegiate Association Basketball Division I National Championship. The Tigers will face #7 seed Carlow University in the first round of the tournament. The tournament will be held March 2-5 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and hosted by Penn State Fayette. Iowa Wesleyan is 18-7 overall this season, going 13-5 in the SLIAC while Carlow was 14-13 overall and went 7-10 in the KIAC.

The MacMurray men's basketball team captured the SLIAC regular season title for the second consecutive year. The Highlanders now have five SLIAC regular season championships (1993, 2001, 2007, 2015, and 2016). The Highlanders are the #1 seed in the conference tournament and will host the tournament for the first time in program history. They went 8-1 at home this season and will be looking for their third SLIAC Tournament Championship (1993 and 1999).
The Principia men's basketball team closed out their season in memorable fashion, winning their final two games of the year. The Panthers took down Fontbonne on Senior Night and then picked up a thrilling 65-62 road win over Westminster last Saturday. Panther forward Adaku Anumu led the conference in scoring (25.4 ppg), becoming the fifth Panther to accomplish that feat in conference history.

The Spalding men's basketball team snagged the final spot into the conference tournament, earning the #4 seed after defeating Blackburn College in the regular season finale. The Golden Eagles are 12-13 entering the tournament and will be making their fourth consecutive tournament trip. The Golden Eagles have made it to the championship game in all three of their previous trips. 

The Gorlok baseball team picked up an impressive early season win, defeating #7 Rhodes 5-4. The Gorloks, ranked #5, topped their ranked opponent in Memphis, Tenn. behind a strong pitching performance by Johnny Lord. Lord went six innings, striking out five and earned SLIAC/Diamond Sports Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.
The Westminster men's basketball team will be making their 17th trip to the SLIAC Tournament. The Blue Jays have three tournament titles, winning in 1995, 2010, and 2012. They are the #3 seed in this year's field after finishing 10-15 overall and 10-8 in the SLIAC. The Blue Jays will face #2 seed Greenville at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Jacksonville, Ill.

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 platforms. You can follow us on Twitter (@sliac) HERE or Facebook (St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) HERE Don't forget to share your game day photos from around the conference by using #SLIACtion on your tweets.

Be sure to check out the SLIAC You Tube Channel. Each Friday is the Feature Friday series featuring interviews with student-athletes, coaches, and administrators from around the SLIAC. You can also view our previous feature videos, where you can get to know our student-athletes outside of athletics and get an idea of what it is like to be a NCAA Division III student-athlete, as well as conference tournament highlight videos. Check out all of our YouTube Videos HERE


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