2007
Benedictine survives it own mistakes to improve to 12-5 overall.

Benedictine survives it own mistakes to improve to 12-5 overall.
January 23, 2007

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

The Benedictine women's basketball team failed to deliver the knockout punch when it had the chance, but survived its own mistakes and a furious Dominican University comeback bid, 60-55. The win improved the Eagles record to 12-5 and 8-3 in the Northern Athletics Conference, while the Stars fell to 2-13 and 1-9 in the NAC. Both teams shot below 30-percent from the field in the first half as the game remained close in the early going. That is, it remained close until the Stars hit the scoring equivalent of the black hole by going 6:19 minutes without a bucket as the Eagles went from a 13-11 advantage to a 23-11 margin. Benedictine extended its advantage to 34-17 by the half. BU led by as much as 25 points with 14:16 left in the game on a jumper by Karissa Povlsen to make it 44-19. The Stars weren't going anywhere, however, and began to whittle away at the deficit. Dominican cut the margin to six points - 58-52 - with 30 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Lisa Julkowski. A layup by Lauren Ruebe with seven seconds remaining got DU to within four, 59-55, but the visitors could get no closer. Ruebe finished the game with 10 points, one of only two Dominican players in double digits. Crystal Gant came off of the Stars' bench to roll up a double-double of 12 points and a game-leading 12 rebounds. Benedictine's Tamika Curtis - who got off to a slow start with just five first half points - ignited in the second half to finish with a game-high 19 points. She also led the Eagles with nine rebounds. Curtis hit eight-of-16 from the field. Senior guard Amanda Burditt added 13 points to the Benedictine coffers. Junior Tiffany Hardy finished with 11 points - all in the first half - as the Eagles' only other player in double figures. Freshman Monika Krozel had eight rebounds, six points, three assists and two blocks off of the Benedictine bench.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.