SLIAC Game of the Week: Webster at Greenville

SLIAC Game of the Week: Webster at Greenville

 

At a Glance

As the only game between two teams that have clinched postseason berths, this week's SLIAC Game of the Week is the women's basketball contest between Greenville University and Webster University. The two tournament-bound teams will meet on the final day of the regular season in Greenville, Illinois with tip starting at 3 p.m.

     
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Greenville University 'PANTHERS'

Greenville begins the week with an 18-5 overall record and a 13-1 mark in conference play. They are facing Spalding, one of three teams battling for the remaining playoff spot, on Wednesday before hosting Webster in the regular season finale. The Panthers only loss in conference play this season came to Eureka back on Jan. 20th. 

Greenville is second in the league in scoring at 79.6 points per game and are the league's best shooting team with a 46-percent mark. Defensively they are allowing 62.9 points per game this season. Wesley Woodard leads the team at 13.3 points per game and is shooting 58-percent from the field. Laura Goodnight is averaging 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Guard Maria Reinhard is averaging 11.4 points per game and leads the team with 46 three-pointers and 94 assists.

        

Webster University 'GORLOKS'

Webster starts the week with a 17-5 overall record and an 11-3 record in the SLIAC. They face Blackburn on Wednesday night and are tied for second place in the standings, battling Eureka for the #2 seed in the tournament. The Gorloks have won six straight games but have two road games this week, where they are 6-4 this season.

Webster is averaging 77.4 points per game this season and leads the league in opponents scoring average at 60.8 points per game. The Gorlok defense has pressures opponents into 28.8 turnovers per game and they lead the SLIAC with 16.8 steals per game. The Lucas sisters, Aley and Taylor, are the Gorloks top two scores. Aley is averaging 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while Taylor is averaging 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Kelsey Miller and Jade Sawyer provide the long-range attack with both players knocking down over 30 three's this season.

 

Last Time They Met
Greenville edged out Webster 81-79 in their earlier meeting this season as Laura Goodnight hit the game-winning shot with just six seconds left. Wesley Woodard led Greenville with 24 points as the Panthers shot 58-percent from the field. Megan Brandt led Webster with 15 points with the Gorloks forcing 27 turnovers.

Game Notes

  • Greenville leads the SLIAC all-time series against Webster 24-22 and has won three straight including a win over the Gorloks in the first-round of the 2017 SLIAC Tournament.
  • Greenville is looking for the program's second-ever SLIAC regular season title and first since the 1996-97 season.
  • Webster's six-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the conference.
  • Greenville needs two more conference wins to set a new program mark for SLIAC wins in a season, surpassing the 14 games they won in the 2015-16 season.
  • Webster will be making their 18th trip to the SLIAC Tournament, which ties them with Fontbonne for the most in conference history. Fontbonne still has a chance to clinch the final spot in this year's tournament which would give them the mark back.
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