Women's basketball tops North Central, 70-60

Women's basketball tops North Central, 70-60
November 28, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143

Benedictine University overcame an early deficit and never looked back in gaining a 70-60 victory over North Central College at the Rice Center. The non-conference win evens the Eagles’ record at 2-2 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 3-2. Early on in the game, however, it looked like it might be North Central which ran away with the game as it built an eight-point cushion (13-5) within the first five minutes. But Benedictine battled back and - when Monika Krozel took a pass from Karisssa Povlsen and calmly laid the ball in – the Eagles took the lead for good at the 10:17 juncture. In the second half, the Cardinals made an early run, cutting the Benedictine advantage to just three points, 38-35, thanks to Brianne Parra’s short jumper at the 15:09 mark. But within three minutes, the Eagles had the lead back up to double-digits. BU led by as much as 16 points before settling on the 70-60 final score. Senior guard Laketa Simpson topped Benedictine in scoring by pouring in a season-high 25 points. Simpson hit 10-of-22 from the field, including going 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc. She also had five rebounds and three steals. Fellow senior guard Blair Erickson added 12 points, bolstered by canning 6-of-8 free throws. Junior forward Monika Krozel’s 10 points – all coming in the first half – rounded out the double-figure scorers for Benedictine. Sophomore guard Lidia Arias had a game-high five assists, while Krozel equaled Simpson’s steal total with three of her own. Krozel also led all rebounders with eight boards. Benedictine won’t have much time to savor the win as it plays at Elmhurst College tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.


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.