The Lincoln Christian University (LCU) men's and women's basketball teams took on the Red Devils of Eureka College (EC) in Eureka, IL, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Against these tough NCAA III opponents, LCU fought hard, but failed to come out on top.
Playing their sixth game in 12 days, the LCU women looked tough in the first five minutes, with a tied score of 7-7 with EC (14-8), but that was the last time LCU (8-12) even shared the lead, as EC ran past LCU to win, 83 - 43. The Red Lions knew this would be a tough game before they even stepped on the court, as the Eureka women's team is currently one of the top three teams in the NCAA III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).
At the 11:00 minute mark, when the score was 18-15 in EC's favor, EC began their run as they extended their three-point lead into a 20-point lead, eventually leading at halftime with a score of 52-25. The second half was no different as EC held LCU to only 18 points in the half and extended their lead by another 13 points. For the game, EC made a strong statement on the rebounding chart as they out-rebounded LCU, 59-37. EC also forced LCU into committing 20 turnovers and held LCU to 23% shooting from the floor in the game.
As LCU struggled offensively, it was junior Moriah Kirkpatrick (Mt. Vernon, IL/Mt. Vernon Township) that led the offense by scoring 18 points on 7-24 shooting. Sophomore forward Alicia Carson (Gobles, MI/Bloomingdale High) recorded the game's only double-double as she put up 11 points on 3-10 shooting, including 5-9 from the free-throw line, and had 12 total rebounds. EC was led in scoring by junior Caty Eeten (Eureka, IL/Eureka High) with 24 points on 8-13 shooting. Senior Jaylynn Stewart (Taylorville, IL/Illinois State) had an all-around game recording eight points on 4-10 shooting, eight assists, and 11 rebounds.
Men Fight Back, But Fall Short
In the first meeting of the season
between the two teams, EC (15-8) dominated the game as they beat LCU (10-14),
89-65. Wednesday night's game was different with LCU within six points of EC with
2:30 left to go. Regretfully, they were unable to achieve the upset and EC beat
LCU, 74 -66.
Unlike the first time that LCU played EC when EC had a 25-point lead at the end of the first half, this time LCU went into halftime only down 34-26, despite their 27% shooting from the floor in the first half. Despite LCU's continued shooting woes in the second half (33% for the game), they continued to fight and stay within single digits of EC. With about 11 minutes left in the game, EC went on a run, turning an eight-point lead into a 19 point-lead and a score of 70-51. However, LCU was not done fighting, as they put up a run of their own, cutting the deficit down to just six points with 2:30 left to go in the game. However, after LCU made that initial run, they failed to hit any more field goals as EC knocked down their attempts at the end of the game and pulled out the eight-point victory.
LCU senior Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, IL/Olympia High) led all scorers with 22 points on 6-22 shooting, including 6-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore forward Gabe Langseth (Stewartville, MN/Stewartville High) chipped in with 14 points on 5-11 shooting for LCU. LCU point guard Anthony Rush (Peoria, IL/Illinois Central College) had an impressive game as he recorded 10 points on 5-8 shooting, seven assists, and six rebounds. For EC, senior Dustin Fritsch (Sterling, IL/Sauk Valley) led the team with 16 points on 5-14 shooting, including 5-6 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Rian Nailor (Rock Falls, IL/Sauk Valley) followed Fritsch with 14 points on 5-7 shooting.
For more information about LCU Red Lions basketball, visit LincolnChristian.edu/athletics.