CHARLESTON — Former Eastern Illinois men's basketball player Kevin Duckworth is one of four players who will be inducted into the Summit League Hall of Fame. The other athletes are Andretti Bain (Oral Roberts, track and field), E.C. Hill (Northern Illinois, women's basketball) and Helen Smiley (Western Illinois, administrator).
Duckworth became the league's first two-time professional all-star selection in any sport, playing 11 NBA seasons. As a collegian, Duckworth led Eastern Illinois to the 1985 league championship as tournament MVP. As a senior, Duckworth became the school's career leader in rebounds and blocked shots and earned first-team all-league honors before a second-round selection in the 1986 NBA Draft. In his second pro season, Duckworth earned the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.
As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game twice (1989 and 1991). Duckworth helped his team to a pair of Western Conference titles and NBA Finals appearances (1990 and 1992). He scored over 8,000 points and totaled nearly 4,000 rebounds, averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during his pro career. After his passing in 2008, the Trail Blazers and the Oregon Community Foundation established a college scholarship in Duckworth's name.
An eight-member selection committee representing each current member institution reviews and selects the annual induction class. Eligibility standards include completion of eligibility and/or tenure at least seven years prior to nomination. Each nominee must have achieved significant honors during his/her career within the league, on a national level, and/or in professional or Olympic competition.
EIU Women's tennis sweeps doubleheader
CHAMPAIGN — Eastern Illinois women’s tennis swept a doubleheader on Friday playing at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign. EIU beat IUPUI in the morning 5-2 followed by a late afternoon 6-1 win over Illinois-Springfield.
EIU improved to 6-8 on the season and plays at DePaul on Sunday.
Eastern Illinois opened the morning with a 5-2 win over IUPUI. The Panthers secured the doubles point, winning all three matches. Grace Summers and Claire Martin played at No. 3 doubles and picked up a 6-0 win.
In singles play, EIU won four of the six matches with wins at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles. Stella Cliffe, Srishti Slaria and Abby Carpenter all won their matches in straight sets. Emily Pugachevsky won the third-set tiebreaker over Samantha Mayer to win at No. 4 singles. Pugachevsky won 6-2, 6-7 (8), 1-0 (3).
In the nightcap, the Panthers won 6-1 over Illinois-Springfield. EIU won two of the three matches in doubles play to win the opening point. Slaria and Summers won 6-2 at No. 2 doubles with Cliffe and Martin winning 6-3 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles action, the Panthers claimed five of the six matches. Cliffe won in straight sets at No. 1 singles needing tiebreak points in both sets to beat Jane Carter 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1).
Slaria, Pugachevsky, Karla Contreras and Martin all won in straight sets in singles play. Martin beat Kate Dumstorff 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 6 spot.
Baseball drops series opener at GSU
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Eastern Illinois baseball team fell behind in the sixth inning, surrendering four runs which led to their loss to Georgia State 7-2 in the series opener Friday afternoon.
Eastern fell to 5-3 while Georgia State improved to 5-3.
Eastern got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning. Jimmy Govern led the inning off with a lead of double to left. Logan Beaman followed up with a sacrifice bunt that would move Govern to third. Dougie Parks picked up his seventh RBI of the season, connecting for a single through the left side which scored Govern.
Georgia State would answer back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs. Nick Gatewood got the Georgia State rally started with a one-out single through the left side. Gatewood would move into scoring position due to a Jake Corso two-out single to right. Tanner Thomson would follow up with Georgia State's third single of the inning, scoring Gatewood and advancing Corso to second. A Luke Leonard double would score Corso and advance Thompson to third. Will Kilgore would extend the Georgia State lead to 4-1 with a base-clearing single.
Georgia State would add three runs extending their lead to 7-1 within the next two innings on a Gatewood single and a Kendall Ford single.
EIU would attempt the comeback in the ninth scoring on a Jimmy Huber ground out with the bases loaded. Eastern's comeback was halted by dominant pitching, and Georgia State picked up the victory, defeating EIU by a final score of 7-2.
Alex Stevenson took the loss for the Panthers as he allowed four runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Parks finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and a run. Govern also hit 2-for-3 this afternoon recording a double and a run.
The Panthers will look to even out the series at Georgia State tomorrow afternoon at noon.