2007
Curtis NAC Player of the Year; Burditt also named All-NAC

Curtis NAC Player of the Year; Burditt also named All-NAC
March 1, 2007

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

Benedictine University’s women’s basketball team had two of its players honored by the Northern Athletics Conference on the league’s inaugural list of post-season awards. The Eagles finished the 2006-07 season with a 20-8 overall record, finishing second in both the NAC regular season race and the league’s post-season tournament. Junior center Tamika Curtis (Nazareth Academy) brought home “top honors” as she was named as the NAC Player of the Year, as well as being recognized as a first team all-conference selection. Curtis was a dominant force in the NAC as she averaged a double-double of 18.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and tallied in double figures in 18 of her team’s 19 NAC regular season games. Curtis ranked 1st in total rebounds (11.1 r.p.g.), 3rd in scoring (18.8 p.p.g.), 4th in field goal percentage (56.0%), 7th in steals (2.1 s.p.g.), 4th in blocked shots (2.1 b.p.g.), 3rd in offensive rebounds (4.1 p.g.), 1st in defensive rebounds (7.0 p.g.), 15th in assists (2.4 a.p.g.) and 1st in double-double games (9). In the NAC tournament, she averaged 14.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per game in the Eagles’ three games. Curtis was a three-time winner of the NAC “Student-Athlete of the Week” award. She was also twice named to the D3Hoops.com national “Team of the Week” for her efforts. It is the third-consecutive first team all-conference award for Curtis, who was twice previously honored by the now defunct Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC). She has won two consecutive Player of the Year honors, as well, having also done so in the NIIC last year. Additionally, she was the NIIC “Rookie of the Year” in 2004-05 as a freshman. Guard Amanda Burditt (Shoreline Lutheran H.S./Kenosha, Wis.) had a stellar senior campaign to close out her Benedictine career and was named to the All-NAC honorable mention list. Burditt did a little bit of everyrthing for the Eagles, as she ranked among the NAC leaders in scoring (28th/9.3 p.p.g.), assists (5th/3.9 a.p.g.), free throw percentage (10th/72.0%), steals (7th/2.1 s.p.g.) and assist/turnover ration (6th/+1.25 p.g.). Burditt was also an All-NIIC honorable mention choice as a junior in 2005-06.

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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.