SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel Crusaders will look to build momentum with a pair of Heart of America Athletic Conference contests to close the week, beginning with a Wednesday (Jan. 13) matchup with the Benedictine Ravens at the Ashcroft Center.
Evangel holds a slim 35-30 edge over Benedictine entering Wednesday’s game, including a 3-1 record vs. the Ravens under head coach Megan Leuzinger. EU dropped a 64-57 decision to the Ravens on Dec. 5 in Atchison to halt a three-game win streak in the series.
OPENING STORYLINES ► Third-year head coach Megan Leuzinger enters Wednesday’s game with a career mark of 45-27 after guiding EU to its first NAIA National Tournament berth since 2011 last season.
► Junior Brianna Vogts leads the Heart Conference in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and ranks fifth in scoring (15.2 ppg); she reached the 800-point plateau for her EU career with her 19-point effort vs. Park on Monday.
► Vogts ranks 16th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.5) and 22nd nationally in total rebounds per game; as a team, EU ranks eighth among all NAIA squads in offensive rebounding (17.5 rpg) and 18th in total rebounding (45.4).
► EU has added a Jan 23 non-conference home contest against No. 18 Sterling, which entered the week 17-0 on the season.
► Bayley Harman recorded a career-high seven steals in Monday’s win over Park, marking the most by a Crusader since Lexie Vaught matched an EU single-game record with 11 steals on Feb. 15, 2020 vs. Culver-Stockton.
► After stopping a two-game home court losing streak with Monday’s 57-45 win over Park, the Crusaders have gone 26-10 at home during Leuzinger’s tenure as head coach.
► All Evangel home games in 2020-21 will be streamed live on the Evangel Sports Network in conjunction with the Heart Network. Fans can download the Heart Conference Network App for AppleTV, Amazon, or Roku and watch Evangel games on their smart TV or streaming devices.
LOOKING AHEADEvangel will head to Fayette, Mo., Saturday (Jan. 16) for a 2 p.m., Heart Conference game against Central Methodist at Puckett Field House.
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