Benedictine University's women's basketball team battled Concordia (Wis.) University
February 6, 2007
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine University's women's basketball team battled Northern Athletics Conference leader Concordia (Wis.) University, before eventually falling by a 78-74 score. The loss dropped the Eagles to 14-7 and 10-5 in the NAC, while the Falcons improved to 17-3 and 14-1 in league games.
Benedictine center Tamika Curtis refused to let her team go down without a fight, however. The junior tallied a season-high 34 points, hitting 14-of-22 from the field, thanks to a steady diet of deft entry passes from the perimeter. Curtis also had seven rebounds, three steals and seven blocked shots.
The Eagle guards rolled up a total of 24 assists, led by Amanda Burditt's eight helps. With her assist total in the game, Burditt moved into the #6 slot on the Eagles' all-time list, surpassing Joan Serio in that spot.
Burditt and Dana Sullivan would each also tally in double figures, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Sullivan gave off four assists, while teammate Tiffany Hardy assisted on five buckets.
CUW was led by Krista Mayyou's 23 points. Mayyou hit eight-of-16 from the floor and made good on three-of-five from beyond the arc.
The Falcons' also found double-digit scoring from Asia Beckum and Angie Davis. Beckum booked 18 points, bolstered by four-of-six three-point shooting, while Davis contributed 15 points and five boards.
Kristen Ruppe had team-leading totals in rebounds with eight, as well as assists with four.
The Falcons led by as much as 12 points late in the first half, 40-28. In the second stanza, Benedictine chipped away and eventually knotted the game at 50-50 with 11:34 to play on a three-pointer by Sullivan.
Concordia extended its advantage to 10 points over the next seven minutes. A layup by Davis on an assist from Beckum made it 71-61 in favor of the Falcons with 4:44 left to play.
The Eagles clawed right back and got to within two points, 76-74, after Sullivan converted a pair of free throws with :42 seconds left.
Benedictine's last gasp came after Beckum missed a jumper with 15 tics left on the clock. However, the ball caromed to Ruppe for an offensive rebound that effectively killed the BU upset bid. Davis made a pair of free throws after the Eagles were forced to foul, maing it the 78-74 final.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.