2009
Eagles extinguish Inferno, 64-44

Eagles extinguish Inferno, 64-44
February 12, 2009

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

A 20-point victory was just what the doctor ordered for the Benedictine women's basketball team, as it steamrolled Alverno College, 64-44, at the Rice Center. The win upped improved the Eagles to 10-12 overall and kept them alive in the hunt for a Northern Athletics Conference postseason tournament berth with a 7-9 mark in league. Benedictine put out the Inferno's flames early by jumping out to a 32-14 halftime cushion and led by as much as 26 points midway through the second half. That was in stark contrast to the last meeting between the teams at Milwaukee - won by Alverno - during which neither team led by more than eight points in the game. This time, the Eagles not only out-scored Alverno, but also out-defensed and out-rebounded them. 44 points was the lowest total allowed by Benedictine this season, while also holding the Inferno to 25.4 percent field goal shooting. The Eagles also had a huge advantage on the glass with a 68-40 margin in rebounds. That huge advantage was led by Monika Krozel's 16 boards (she also scored eight points). Senior Laketa Simpson was the game's leading scorer with 18 points. Simpson also snared seven rebounds and gave off four assists. Fellow senior Blair Erickson had a nice all-around effort as she scored 11 points, pulled down six rebounds and made five assists. Jenn Bren came off the Eagles' bench to tally a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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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.