Eureka College junior forward Kelsey Shoemake (East Peoria/East Peoria H.S.) scored 12 points and matched a single-game Eureka record with seven blocked shots, lifting the Red Devils to a 74-52 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over MacMurray, Dec. 4 at the Reagan Center.
The contest was the SLIAC opener for both squads.
Shoemake’s seven blocked shots tied the single-game EC record previously set by Raeanne Albin versus Westminster on Jan. 5, 2002 and Dawn Bradbury versus Augustana on Dec. 11, 1996.
Shoemake’s previous career-high was five, set last month in the opener against Lawrence.
Eureka blocked nine shots as a team Wednesday, its best effort since swatting away a school-record 10 shots at Lincoln Christian on Feb. 19, 2009.
The first half went back and forth between the two teams, as the first 20 minutes showcased six lead changes.
MacMurray put together a 10-2 surge midway through the half, turning a 3-point deficit into its largest lead of the night, 20-15, when Carley Price connected on a 3-pointer with 10:21 left before halftime.
Eureka pushed right back and ultimately closed the half on an 11-3 burst.
A jumper from Jenna Brooks (Peoria/Limestone H.S.) gave EC a 24-23 lead with 4:24 to play in the half, and the Red Devils would never trail again.
Eureka’s lead reached double-digits for the first time less than two minutes into the second half on a jumper from senior guard Caty Eeten (Eureka/Eureka H.S.) for a 33-23 advantage.
The visitors were able to trim their deficit back to six, 38-32, with 15:12 left, but the Red Devils outscored MC 36-22 the rest of the way.
A pair of free throws from Eeten in the final minute gave the Red Devils their largest lead of the night, 74-52, an advantage that held up as the final score. Eureka outscored MacMurray 46-29 in the final 20 minutes.
Brooks and Eeten led the way with 15 points apiece, while Shoemake and sophomore guard Emily Camden (Green Valley/Midwest Central H.S.) each tacked on 12.
Shoemake added 11 rebounds for the game’s only double-double. The Red Devils made nine 3-pointers, four of which came from Camden, and combined to go 13-for-15 from the free throw line.
Camden also distributed a career-high six assists to share game-high honors with Eeten.
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Gabrielle Douglas scored 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting to pace the Highlanders. MC shot just 24 percent (18-for-74) from the floor for the game.