EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College senior guard Caty Eeten (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) hit a jumper along the base line for her 1,689th career point with 7:55 left in the first half of Saturday's game, breaking the record for most points scored by a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball player and sparking the Red Devils in a 76-59 SLIAC victory over Fontbonne at the Reagan Center.
Eeten entered the game with 1,683 points, needing six points to break the previous record of 1,688 held by Principia's Christina Speer (2005-09). Eeten made field goals at the 19:15, 11:43 and 7:55 marks of the opening half to break the 24-year-old conference's record. Saturday's game was the 80th career appearance for Eeten, who broke the all-time Eureka scoring record on Nov. 30, 2013.
The Red Devils got off to a strong start Saturday, opening up a 7-0 lead behind buckets from Eeten, senior forward Lauren Schwanke (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) and sophomore guard Emily Camden (Green Valley, Ill./Midwest Central H.S.) less than three minutes into the game.
The Griffins bounced back with a 9-1 burst and snagged their only lead of the day when Lauren Willis connected from long range for a 9-8 edge at the 15:18 mark of the first period. The hosts answered with a 3-pointer from junior guard Jenna Brooks (Peoria, Ill./Limestone H.S.) on the ensuing possession and would never trail again. Camden broke the game's second and final deadlock with a 3-pointer for a 18-15 lead with 9:20 remaining before halftime and EC would never look back. The advantage swelled to nine points on three different occasions later in the half, but the Griffins were able to cut their deficit back to five, 37-32, before intermission