2008
Women's basketball breaks out in consolation game

Women's basketball breaks out in consolation game
November 23, 2008

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

The Benedictine University women's basketball team broke free of its modest two-game drought to open the year, notching the squad's first win, 74-55, over Fontbonne University (Mo.) in the consolation game of the Wartburg College Tip-off Tournament. The Eagles are now 1-2 overall. What was a close contest at the intermission - with BU clinging to a slim one-point advantage (31-30) - turned into a positive explosion for Benedictine in the second stanza. While neither team will likely expect a sponsorship from AT&T anytime soon - with Fontbonne making just 3-of-16 from long distance and the Eagles connecting on 2-of-15 from long range - Benedictine made up for it with a strong inside game. As a team, the Eagles hit 40 percent from the floor overall, while holding the Griffins to 27 percent shooting for the game. Junior forward Monika Krozel had a career-high game with 29 points. She hit 11-of-20 from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Krozel also had five rebounds and three assists. Also in double-digit scoring was freshman guard Tracey Walsh with 13 points. Senior guards Blair Erickson and Laketa Simpson added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Walsh had a game-leading seven assists, while Simpson gave off four "helps." Simpson registered her second double-double of the season by snaring 11 rebounds to go along with her double-figure points.

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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.