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Women’s basketball team confident for first round of SLIAC championship play against Red Devils
The Webster University women’s basketball team ended its regular season on a high note by defeating the Blackburn College (Ill.) Beavers on Saturday, Feb. 15 by a score of 55-44.
The Gorloks will now travel to Fulton to take on Eureka College (Ill.) in the first round of the 2013 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Webster holds the No. 2 seed in the SLIAC tournament, and Eureka is the No. 3 seed. Westminster College (Mo.) holds the No. 1 seed and is hosting the tournament. The Red Devils went 16-8 overall and finished with an 11-5 mark in SLIAC play. The Gorloks ended the 2012-2013 regular-season campaign at 14-11 overall and 11-5 in SLIAC play.
In the regular season, the Gorloks split their two matchups with the Red Devils. Webster grinded out an overtime victory by 4 points in Eureka on Jan. 5. Eureka returned the favor later in the season with a 5-point victory over the Gorloks at Grant Gymnasium on Jan. 26.
Eureka guard Caty Eeten leads the SLIAC in points per game with 22.5. Eeten also ranks first in 3-point percentage (56.1) and third in field-goal percentage (44). Eureka forward Kelsey Shoemake is third in the SLIAC in rebounds per game with 9.8.
The Red Devils are No. 1 in the conference offensively and defensively — Eureka scores approximately 72 points per game and only allows slightly more than 61 points per contest.
However, Webster coach Jordan Olufson said his team will be ready for the Red Devils.
“I’m very confident. We’ve got a great team,” Olufson said. “We got a great group of seniors, (and) we got great student athletes that want to be part of a team that are pushing for a goal. This group is fun to coach, and our journey is not done.”
Webster senior guard Maggie Zehner is No. 4 in the SLIAC in points scored per game (15.1) and is fifth in the SLIAC in assists per game with 3.3. The Gorloks as a team rank third in the conference in points scored per game (60.8) and second in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (14.3).
If the Gorloks are able to advance to the second round of the conference tournament, they will play either Westminster or Spalding University (Ky.). The Gorloks won both of their games against Spalding and split both games with Westminster in 2012-2013. The SLIAC tournament championship game will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.