2007
Curtis ascends career scoring chart in women's basketball victory

Curtis ascends career scoring chart in women's basketball victory
January 13, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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dbeyer@ben.edu

Senior guard Dana Sullivan shot down any hopes Maranatha Baptist Bible College might have had for an upset of Benedictine University in a Northern Athletics Conference battle. Sullivan's long-range shooting propelled the Eagles (10-4, 6-2 NAC) to an 85-70 win over the Crusaders (5-6, 1-6 NAC). Sullivan connected on nine-of-12 shots from the field, but hit an even more impressive seven-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc, on her way to a game-high 25 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and gave off four assists. Junior center Tamika Curtis surpassed another milestone as she had another outstanding overall game. With 21 points scored, Curtis climbed into the #3 position on Benedictine's all-time scoring list with 1,105 points in 2 1/2 seasons. Curtis leap-frogged over Erin McGunnigal's 1,099 points (2000-2004) and now has her sights set on the #2 spot of 1,267 points by Kirsten Beckford (#1 is Jennifer Olson's 1,563 points). Curtis complimented her point total with a game-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots. She also had four assists and four steals. She hit 10-of-12 shots from the field. Senior guard Amanda Burditt added nine points and seven rebounds, along with a team-leading six assists for Benedictine. MBBC had a trio of players in double-digit scoring, paced by 21 points from Amber Lang. Lang hit eight-of-14 shots and also grabbed six rebounds. The Crusaders' Colleen Goff had 16 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Amanda Moses parted the rims for 12 points (and pulled down six caroms). Natalie Hawkins had a game-high seven assists in the loss. MBBC shot a creditible 42-percent (28-67) from the field as a team, but found itself overshadowed by the Eagles' 59-percent (33-56) shooting percentage, overall. From three-point range, BU also hit 59-percent (10-17). Benedictine also blocked seven Crusader shot attempts. The Eagles led at the half, 40-28.

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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.