Benedictine center spearheads big win over Lakeland College
February 8, 2007
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine University Head Coach Paul Nelson has finally run out of words to describe the efforts of junior center Tamika Curtis (Bellwood, Ill./Nazareth Academy). After another stellar performance in the Eagles' 50-29 Northern Athletics Conference win at Lakeland College, Nelson was again at a loss for superlatives lofty enough for Curtis.
"What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said about her," asked Nelson rhetorically? "Every game she just keeps doing everything we ask of her...and then some. Tonight she scored, rebounded, played great defense and helped other players get involved in the game.
"Other than that, she didn't do too much," Nelson joked.
There was certainly nothing funny about Curtis' game from the perspective of the Muskies, who are one of the teams battling for a NAC tournament berth with the Eagles. Curtis registered her 11th double-double of the year with 18 points and 18 rebounds (of which 17 were on the defensive end), a season-high for rebounds. In addition, she blocked four shots, gave off two assists and had four steals, all while hitting eight-of-15 from the field.
Curtis also reached another personal milestone in the game, moving into the No. 2 spot on the Eagles' all-time scoring list. Her layup with 5:41 left to play moved her in to that position, surpassing Kirsten Beckford's (1996-2000) 1,267 points.
By evening's end, Curtis' career total stood at 1,272 points, with only Jennifer Olson (1998-2002) ahead of her at 1,563 points. Curtis has at least four more games this season and all of her senior campaign ahead of her as she mounts an assault at the top position.
While Curtis was the only BU player in double-digit scoring at Lakeland, the Eagles' had balanced games from other quarters.
Lauren Zuro scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Tiffany Hardy also added eight points, hitting three-of-six from the floor (including a pair of treys).
Senior guard Amanda Burditt rolled up seven points, gave off three assists and made three steals while leading a smothering defense that smoked the Muskies. That defense by Burditt and company was one reason Lakeland was held to just 29 points, the lowest point total for any of the Eagles' opponents this season.
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