St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s women’s basketball team is led by head coach Ashley Eldridge.

Head coach Ashley Eldridge leads the Eutectic women’s basketball team, beginning team practices in October.  The schedule averages two to three games per week with the majority of travel on weekends and time off for holidays. The season runs through the KIAC Tournament at the end of February.

Eutectics Deal with Challenges

Jaime Everett
Jaime Everett had a double double
against Lindenwood-Belleville.
Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy athletic teams have always been underdogs. Recruiting only those athletes interested in pursuing a degree in pharmacy greatly limits the pool from which to draw. Once enrolled, the intense pharmacy curriculum can scare off potential athletes and even wear on those student-athletes most dedicated to their sport. The required evening labs and classes have made scheduling practices difficult. But, the Eutectics have found creative ways to overcome these challenges and find success since the inception of the STLCOP athletic program. This year, the Eutectic basketball teams have been asked to dig even deeper, and rise to the challenges brought on by the demolition of their beloved Pillbox and the transition from an NAIA Division II conference to Division I.

When the Pillbox came down in March, the Euts were left with no facility. Arrangements had been made for practicing at nearby St. Louis University High School, but since the high school court does not meet the official requirements for collegiate games, home games would be played at St. Louis Community College at Meramec – a good 20 minutes away. In addition, STLCOP joined the American Midwest Conference (AMC) this fall to decrease the amount of travel and develop local rivalries. Membership to the new conference bumped the Eutectics from Division II to Division I in basketball, increasing the competition level.

The Eutectics have been rising to meet these challenges head on this season. Despite a 0-4 start by the women’s basketball team, the Eutectics continue to work hard to defy the odds. In their first-ever trip to New York to play for the Apothecary Cup against Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on Nov. 15, the Lady Euts had a team bonding experience competing and sightseeing. The Euts played well against ACPHS, down 34-30 at the half, but could not overcome the Panthers, losing 62-52 in the end. Third-year guard Emi Santhuff had 16 points for the Euts.

The first conference match up was a “home” game, which, aside from the Eutectic crowd support, was more a neutral court experience since the Eutectics had yet to play on the STLCC court. Both the Eutectics and the Lyon College Scots had difficulty finding the basket in the first half, with the Euts down 22-14 at the horn. But, the Scots eventually found their groove, claiming the win at 74-36. Santhuff again led the Euts with 12 points. Two days later, the Euts hosted conference and national leader and undefeated number-one ranked Freed-Hardeman University, losing 105-33. Second-year guard Amy Wong had 10 points for the Euts. After the Thanksgiving break, two weeks later, the Eutectics hosted the other AMC newcomer from across town, the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx on Dec. 6. Injuries had taken four players from the STLCOP roster, leaving the Eutectics with only six players available. The Eutectic players pushed to their physical limits, working well as a team, but unable in the end to keep up with the Lynx. The Euts fell 110-45. First-year guard Jordyn Norde had 15 points, while third-year Jaime Everett notched her first double double of the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Once finals are complete, the Eutectics will return to face two more AMC teams before the new year. On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Lady Euts host Harris Stowe State University at STLCC before playing their first conference game on the road on Dec. 20 at Stephens College.  

Euts Travel to New York in Quest for Apothecary Cup

Athletes Honored at Banquet

Santhuff Breaks Records; Euts Fall Short of Victory 

Eutectics Honor Fallen Teammate 

Eutectic Women End 2013 with a Win in the Pillbox 

Lady Euts Defeat Principia; Cannot Reclaim the Apothecary Cup

Eutectics Open Season with Loss

Lady Eutectics Earn First Homecoming Game Win 

Lady Euts Suffer Deat to Brescia

Lady Euts Lose Two in Indiana

STLCOP Endures Second Loss to Principia

Lady Euts Struggle Against Conference Teams

New KIAC Teams Defeat Lady Euts

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