2008
Eagles knock off first place Rockford, 68-63

Eagles knock off first place Rockford, 68-63
January 25, 2008

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

It was the worst of times; it was the best of times. It was a tale of two halves for Benedictine University's women's basketball team versus Northern Athletics Conference frontrunner Rockford College. In the end, the Eagles' second-half surge was enough to turn an 11-point halftime deficit into a 68-63 victory. BU had trailed by as much as 16 points in the opening period. It was also the fourth-consecutive win for the streaking Eagles. Benedictine is now 8-9 overall and 6-5 in the NAC. In the first half, the Eagles shot a dismal 30 percent from the field and hit just one of eight free throws (13 percent). The result was the downside of a 31-20 score at the intermission. Junior transfer Laketa Simpson willed BU back, taking charge and scoring 20 of her 25 game-high points in that second stanza (and grabbing six rebounds). Simpson hit five-of-seven three point baskets. The result was an Eagles' team that shot 60 percent from the field in the period and outscored the Regents 48-32 on its way to the comeback win. Senior center Tamika Curtis added 20 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Megan Walczak had 14 points. Sophomore forward Monica Krozel led all rebounders with nine boards. As a team, the Eagles found themselves out-rebounded by a 46-35 margin overall. Senior guard Tiffany Hardy had eight assists to pace the Eagles. Curtis contributed three steals.

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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.