SLIAC Weekly Release - December 16

SLIAC Weekly Release - December 16

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
Spalding SAAC Partners to Donate to Home of the Innocents (December 9, 2015)

This holiday season, Spalding University Athletics and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee has teamed up with Norton Sports Health to collect and donate sports equipment to Home of the Innocents.....MORE

MacMurray to Host Coaches vs. Cancer Event (December 9, 2015)
On Saturday, Dec. 12, MacMurray College Basketball will host a Coaches vs. Cancer event in efforts to raise cancer awareness and support local basketball coach Bill Pool with his battle with cancer.....MORE

Feature Friday with Fontbonne's Garrett McDowell (December 11, 2015)
This week we sat down with Fontbonne University men's basketball player Garrett McDowell. Find out why Garrett decided to continue playing basketball in college and why he chose NCAA Division III.....MORE

SLIAC Game of the Week: MacMurray at Augustana (December 15, 2015)
MacMurray, riding a two game winning streak, will face #1 ranked Augustana College (Ill.) on Tuesday night in Rock Island, Ill.....MORE

Tigers' Williams Named USCAA Player of the Week (December16, 2015)
The United States Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced their Player of the Week honors.  Iowa Wesleyan University's Rachel Williams has been named the USCAA DI Player of the Week for her role in helping Iowa Wesleyan pick up two wins last week.....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 Player of the Week release - HERE

Men's Basketball

Brent Long
MacMurray College
Women's Basketball

Rachel Williams
Iowa Wesleyan University

Men's Basketball l Women's Basketball

SLIAC WINTER STANDINGS

MEN'S BASKETBALL
      WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
     
School SLIAC Overall   School SLIAC Overall  
Westminster
3-0
3-3   Iowa Wesleyan
3-0 7-1  
Webster 2-0 3-4   Spalding 2-1 6-1
 
Iowa Wesleyan
2-1 6-3
  Greenville 2-1 6-4  
MacMurray 2-1 4-4   Westminster 2-1 4-3  
Eureka 1-1 2-6   Webster 1-1 3-3
 
Fontbonne 1-2 3-6   Eureka 1-1 1-5
 
Spalding 1-2
2-6   Fontbonne 1-2 1-4
 
Greenville 1-2 2-8
  Principia 1-2 1-5
 
Blackburn 1-2
1-8
  Blackburn 1-2 1-7  
Principia 0-3 3-4   MacMurray 0-3 0-7
 

AROUND THE SLIAC

The Blackburn women's basketball team is headed into a light portion of their schedule with just two games over a 17 day span. The Beavers will go out of conference play to host North Park this Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by a game against Illinois College on December 30 at 7 p.m. Blackburn returns to SLIAC action on Jan. 2 against Webster.
The Red Devils men's basketball team returns to action after nearly two weeks off to host Knox College in their final non-conference game of the season. Knox holds a 7-5 edge in the series, including winning their last meeting 75-60 back in 2010. Eureka enters the game with a 2-6 overall record while Knox is currently 1-6. You can watch the game live HERE
The Fontbonne men's basketball team notched their first conference win of the year last weekend, with a 79-70 home win over Spalding. The win snapped the Griffins two game losing streak and improves them to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the SLIAC. Ben Kissing led the way with 20 points while Jared Greenlee added a season high 15 points with seven rebounds.
The Greenville women's basketball team had their two game winning streak snapped in a 56-46 loss on the road to Culver-Stockton on Tuesday night. It has been a busy first-half of the season for the Panthers as they have played a conference high 10 games at this point. They will now head into break and will return to action on Jan. 2 with a conference game at Spalding.

For the second week in a row Iowa Wesleyan's Rachel Williams was named the SLIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Williams helped the Tigers to a pair of wins last week, averaging 25.0 points and 5.5 assists per game. Her outing included a 32 point effort in the Tigers overtime win over Westminster which helped her team remain the only undefeated team in conference play. In addition Williams earned USCAA Player of the Week honors.

MacMurray went on the road to face #1 ranked Augustana College (Ill.) on Tuesday night and gave the Vikings a run for their money before fading down the stretch. MacMurray was tied with the top ranked team 38-38 at halftime but shot just 25-percent in the second-half, falling by the final of 86-62. Deavis Johnson led the Highlanders with 21 points while Mike Cameron added 15 points and Brent Long finished with 13 points.
Principia's Kara Johnson had a day to remember last Saturday as she poured in 37 points during her team's 77-71 win over MacMurray. Johnson went 12-of-28 from the field and 13-of-17 from the free-throw line. Johnson added nine rebounds in the contest along with two steals and two assists. The win marks the Panthers first victory this season. They will play again on December 30 when they host Millikin.

Spalding University men's basketball player Brandon Goeing netted his 1,000th career point in his team's game against Centre. Goeing, a senior from Shepherdsville, Ky., finished the game with 12 points and now has 1,006 career points. Goeing was a SLIAC First Team All-Conference selection last year and is currently averaging 11.9 points per game this season.

While the temperature at home may be dropping the Gorlok basketball teams will be headed for warmer weather. The men's and women's teams are headed to Ft. Lauderdale for the Trip Sports Cruisin' Classic. The men's team will face Trinity Baptist and Ave Maria while the women will take on Piedmont and Loras.
The Westminster Blue Jays men's basketball team remains just one of two SLIAC teams that are still undefeated in conference play. The Blue Jays improved to 3-0 in the SLIAC with a 94-82 win over Iowa Wesleyan last Saturday. They will step out of conference play for their next two games, against Oglethorpe and Austin Peay, before returning to SLIAC action on Jan. 2 against Fontbonne.

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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