2008
Women's basketball tops North Central, 70-60

Women's basketball tops North Central, 70-60
November 28, 2008

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

Benedictine University overcame an early deficit and never looked back in gaining a 70-60 victory over North Central College at the Rice Center. The non-conference win evens the Eagles’ record at 2-2 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 3-2. Early on in the game, however, it looked like it might be North Central which ran away with the game as it built an eight-point cushion (13-5) within the first five minutes. But Benedictine battled back and - when Monika Krozel took a pass from Karisssa Povlsen and calmly laid the ball in – the Eagles took the lead for good at the 10:17 juncture. In the second half, the Cardinals made an early run, cutting the Benedictine advantage to just three points, 38-35, thanks to Brianne Parra’s short jumper at the 15:09 mark. But within three minutes, the Eagles had the lead back up to double-digits. BU led by as much as 16 points before settling on the 70-60 final score. Senior guard Laketa Simpson topped Benedictine in scoring by pouring in a season-high 25 points. Simpson hit 10-of-22 from the field, including going 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc. She also had five rebounds and three steals. Fellow senior guard Blair Erickson added 12 points, bolstered by canning 6-of-8 free throws. Junior forward Monika Krozel’s 10 points – all coming in the first half – rounded out the double-figure scorers for Benedictine. Sophomore guard Lidia Arias had a game-high five assists, while Krozel equaled Simpson’s steal total with three of her own. Krozel also led all rebounders with eight boards. Benedictine won’t have much time to savor the win as it plays at Elmhurst College tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.

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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.