CHARLESTON (EIU) – Eastern Illinois freshman guard Karle Pace was named the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Co-Freshman of the Week for her performances at Belmont and Tennessee State last weekend.

Over the two games last weekend, Pace averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from the arc, and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.

Last week's play was highlighted by Pace's career performance and fifth double-figure scoring effort this season at Tennessee State. She scored a career-high 31 points on 11-of-18 from the field including 3-of-5 from three-point range helping the Panthers connect on 37.5 percent of their shot attempts. Pace was just seven points shy of tying EIU's single-game record set by a freshman in the 2006-07 season. She also shot a near perfect 6-of-7 from the line and played a game-high 38 minutes.

Pace shares this week's freshman honors with Jordan Brock of Tennessee Tech.

The Panthers return to action Thursday to play host to Jacksonville State with a 5:15 pm tip-off.

EIU men's tennis gets first win of season

HOMEWOOD – Eastern Illinois men’s tennis picked up its first win of the 2018 spring season as the Panthers knocked off Chicago State, 5-2, on Tuesday at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club.

EIU opened the match taking the doubles point as the Panthers won at No. 2 doubles with Logan Charbonneau and Jared Woodson winning 6-3 over Rohan Wattley and George Botha of CSU.  The Panthers took the No. 3 doubles match by default securing the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead.

In singles action Freddie O’Brien won his third straight match for EIU at No. 1 singles as he knocked off Felix Savard, 6-4, 6-3.  O’Brien is now 3-1 on the season with his only loss coming to a nationally ranked player in the season opener at Indiana.

Braden Davis picked up a point for EIU at No. 5 singles Cody Wurzelbacher, 6-1, 6-1 while Jared Woodson had an insurance point for the Panthers scoring a win at No. 6 singles by default.

The Panthers would win the match at No. 4 singles as Grant Reiman picked up a three-set victory over Christian Gonzalez.  Reiman won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

EIU returns to action Saturday at 5 p.m. at Wright State. 

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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