2007
Curtis an All-america finalist

Curtis an All-america finalist
March 8, 2007

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

Benedictine University women’s basketball standout Tamika Curtis (Bellwood, Ill./Nazareth Academy) has been named as one of 40 finalists for the NCAA Division III Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team, it was announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Curtis was named as one of the top five players in Region 7 (among schools from Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri) in advancing to consideration for the 10-member first team Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, which will be announced on Thursday, March 15. On the year, Curtis posted numbers that were stellar any way you look at it. She averaged a double-double of 18.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, all while shooting 55.3-percent from the field (213-385). Curtis was involved in every facet of the game for the Eagles, also averaging 2.3 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.2 assists per game. Benedictine’s team was 20-8 overall in 2006-07, the first time in the 32 year history of the program that an Eagles’ women’s basketball team has won 20 games. Curtis was named as the 2006-07 “Player of the Year” in the 12-team Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) just last week. She has the distinction of winning back-to-back Player of the Year honors in two different leagues (Benedictine was a member of the now defunct Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference, previously, when Curtis won the same award in 2005-06). Curtis has also earned three-consecutive first team all-conference accolades. In 2006-07, she was a four-time “Player of the Week” in the NAC and was twice named to the D3Hoops.com national “Team of the Week.” Curtis rolled up a total of 16 double-double games this season, giving her 40 career double-doubles (out of 80 career games). She tallied in double figure point total in 27 of BU’s 28 games in 2006-07, reaching her 1,000th career point on December 21, 2006 and ending the year with 1,382 career points (just 182 points shy of becoming the school’s scoring leader with a full year remaining). In her Benedictine career, Curtis is averaging 17.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 53.1-percent from the field in 80 games.

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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.