EUREKA, Ill. – Second-year Eureka College women's basketball head coach Amos Arbogast announced the second group of new women's basketball recruits for the 2018-19 season, Thursday. Madison Darrow (Lowpoint, Ill./Lowpoint-Washburn H.S.), Olivia Falls (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington H.S.) and Abby Swope (Canton, Ill./Canton H.S.) will join the Red Devils this season as freshmen. All three players will have four years of eligibility at EC.
Darrow was a versatile four-sport student-athlete at Lowpoint-Washburn, competing in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track & field. She was named most valuable player of the Henry-Senachwine/Lowpoint-Washburn basketball co-op as a junior in 2016-17 and again as a senior last winter. The 5-1 guard averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Mallards and was named to the Tri-County All-Tournament Team in 2017. Darrow, who will also play volleyball at Eureka, was an All-Tri County Conference selection in volleyball, cross country and track & field.
Falls was a two-time All-Big Twelve Conference honoree at Bloomington. The 5-5 guard helped the Raiders to 54 victories during her four-year career, including a 17-win campaign as a junior in 2016-17 and the consolation championship of the State Farm Holiday Classic in the twin cities during the 2017-18 campaign.
Swope is a 5-7 guard and a classmate of fellow incoming freshman Marissa Murphy at Canton. Swope was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Little Giants and ultimately served as a varsity captain. She earned a spot on the Fulton County All-Tournament Team, helping the Little Giants to a team title at the event. Her efforts alongside Murphy led Canton to a second-place finish in the Mid-Illini Conference last season. Swope also scored a game-high 18 points on her home floor in the 2018 Kiwanis Club all-star game. She plans to also player soccer at EC.
Eureka can return as many as nine letterwinners from last season's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference runner-up that won 18 games and advanced to the league tournament semifinals for the seventh consecutive season.
This release is the second of a three-part series announcing Eureka's women's basketball recruiting class.