2009
Women's basketball ambushes Aurora, 86-82

Women's basketball ambushes Aurora, 86-82
January 27, 2009

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

Tuesday evening was one of those times that having to "work late" turned out to be a good thing, as the Benedictine women's basketball squad scored a thrilling 86-82 overtime win at Aurora University. The Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) win improved the Eagles' overall record to 8-9 and 5-6 in the NAC. Benedictine led at halftime, 33-28, but found itself knotted with its rival Spartans, 74-74, at the end of regulation. BU would out-score Aurora by a 12-8 margin in the extra segment. As a matter-of-fact, with just 54 seconds left in the OT stanza nothing was resolved with the teams still tied, 82-82, after AU completed a three-point play. With BU in control of the ball, senior Laketa Simpson calmly canned a short jump shot with 26 ticks remaining on the clock as the Eagles took an 84-82 lead. Aurora missed its next shot down the floor and was forced to foul Benedictine's Lidia Arias on the rebound. Arias, who had an outstanding game for BU with 17 points and nine rebounds, missed the first of a one-plus-one free throw with 11 seconds left to play and a chance to ice the game. However, junior teammate Monika Krozel was on the spot to snag the offensive rebound and quickly get the ball into Simpson's hands. The Spartans fouled Simpson, who drained both free throws in the waning seconds for the 86-82 final score. Simpson led all game scorers with 22 points on a 7-for-15 night shooting. She also dished off eight assists and had two blocked shots. Simpson hit 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc. In addition to Simpson and Arias, Tracey Walsh and Jenn Bren also scored in double-digits for Benedictine. Walsh ended the game with 15 points, three assists and three steals, while also sinking a trey in overtime with two minutes left that erased a three-point AU lead. Senior guard Blair Erickson gave six assists in the game, as the Eagles' team had 24 "helps" combined. Bren also snagged eight rebounds. Benedictine will next be in action Thursday evening (Jan. 29) at home versus Dominican University. Tipoff will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Rice Center.

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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.