Evangel Crusaders (5-5, 3-4) vs. Park Pirates (1-10, 0-10)
|Date:||Jan. 11 | 5:30 p.m.|
|Location:||Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center|
|Game Day:||EU Game Notes | Game Day Program|
|Twitter:||@EvangelWBB | @EU_Athletics|
|Fans:||NO VISITING FANS|
***SPECTATOR PROTOCOL: In an effort to keep the Evangel community safe, tickets for Evangel basketball games are currently only available to families of student-athletes, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Per Heart of America Athletic Conference protocol from the Council of Presidents, visiting fans are not permitted. Masks will be required for all spectators during each event. For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 protocol and attendance policies, review the EU's Updated Spectator Guidelines and the Heart Matrix***
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel Crusaders return to the friendly confines of the Ashcroft Center Monday (Jan. 11) evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference contest against the Park Pirates.
EU leads its all-time series with Park by an 11-2 margin. The Crusaders have won the last six meetings in the series dating back to the Pirates' 89-70 win on Jan. 31, 1987.
► Third-year head coach Megan Leuzinger enters the week with a career mark of 44-27 after guiding EU to its first NAIA National Tournament berth since 2011 last season.
► Junior Brianna Vogts leads the Heart Conference in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and ranks sixth in scoring (14.8 ppg); she needs to score 19 more points to reach the 800-point plateau for her EU career.
► Vogts ranks 17th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.4) and 29th nationally in total rebounds per game (9.8).
► Over the course of its six-game win streak in the series, Evangel has outscored Park by an average of 21.2 points per contest; EU has limited the Pirates to just 54.0 points per game while scoring at a 75.2 ppg clip.
► Bayley Harman pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds last Wednesday at MNU and tallied a season-high 20 points in EU's loss at Mount Mercy on Saturday; Harman averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the Crusaders' two games last week.
► Zoey Mullings ranks sixth in the Heart Conference in steals per game (2.2), while Harman ranks ninth (1.9).
► Despite dropping their last two games at the Ashcroft Center in December, the Crusaders have gone 25-10 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.
Evangel will host Benedictine Wednesday (Jan. 13) evening in another 5:30 p.m., Heart Conference contest.
Fans can now follow the Crusaders on Facebook at Facebook.com/EUAthletics, Twitter (@EUAthletics), or online at EvangelAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates by downloading the new Evangel Crusaders Gameday App through Google Play.