2007
Women's basketball falls in opener

Women's basketball falls in opener
November 18, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

The Benedictine University women's basketball team went deep in the heart of Texas for its 2007-08 season opening weekend at the Trinity University Tournament in San Antonio. However, after dropping both games of the tipoff tourney, the Eagles may chose not to remember the Alamo as the team regroups and looks ahead to league play. Benedictine lost its season opener to Hardin-Simmons University on Saturday, 67-55, before dropping its second game to the University of Texas-Dallas, 77-62. As anticipated heading into the season, the inside game of the Eagles was solid thoughout the weekend. Senior pre-season all-American Tamika Curtis earned all-tournament accolades for her efforts, scoring 36 points (18.0 ppg), grabbing 23 rebounds (11.5 rpg) and blocking 5 shots (2.5 bpg). She also hit 13-for-24 from the field (.542). A pleasant aspect of the trip for head coach Paul Nelson was the emergence of sophomore forward Monika Krozel. Krozel, who showed glimpses of her potential as a freshman last season, announced her presence in 2007-08 with back-to-back "double-double" games. Against Hardin-Simmons, Krozel scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. In the UT-Dallas contest, she scored a game-high 21 points and snagged 10 boards. Nelson's main concern heading into the season was the youthfulness of his guards - specifically at the point - and that proved to be the case over the weekend. The Eagles committed 47 turnovers in the two games, and players other than Curtis or Krozel accounted for just 48 points (of the Eagles' total of 117 points) in the two games. Benedictine will have a week to retool before playing a non-conference game at MacMurray College on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 1:00 p.m. in Jacksonville, Illinois.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.