2007
Eagles women's hoops notches fifth straight

Eagles women's hoops notches fifth straight
January 6, 2007

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

Benedictine junior center Tamika Curtis got an offensive rebound and hit a jump shot in the lane as time expired to give the Eagles a 73-72 Northern Athletics Conference win over Concordia University Chicago. It was the fifth-consecutive win for Benedictine (8-3, 5-1 NAC), which topped the Cougars (4-7, 2-4 NAC) for the second time this season. Curtis would finish the game with 23 points, four steals and nine rebounds. She hit nine-of-24 from the floor, after struggling in the first half when she was held to just six points by a tight CUC defense. Senior guard Dana Sullivan led the Eagles with a game-leading 25 point effort, including four-of-five from long range. Overall, Sullivan was nine-for-14 from the field. The Cougars had four players in double-digit scoring and out-rebounded Benedictine by a 43-34 margin. The CUC tandem of Atoi Sinclair and Sashane Chin each had double-doubles in the contest. Sinclair finished with a team-leading 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Chin took it on the boards with 15 caroms and 10 points. Ellie Bravo (16 points) and Kelly Glidewell (12 points) also tallied in double figures for the Cougars. Concordia enjoyed its largest lead of the second half with 8:46 remaining after Sansone canned a three-point basket to put her team ahead 64-56. However, three unanswered Benedictine layups - two by Curtis and one by Sullivan - cut the margin to two points, 64-62. After swapping buckets, a short jumper by Curtis at the 2:14 mark knotted the game for the sixth time. A Concordia layup with :53 remaining upped the Cougars lead to three, 72-69. Benedictine's Amanda Burditt was fouled by Bravo with :49 tics left. Burditt, who had missed four of her previous nine free throws in the game, calmly sank both charity tosses, 72-71. A missed shot by Concordia's Brittany Feher with :20 on the clock gave the Eagles one last chance for victory. After a timeout, freshman Monika Krozel tried to drive the right side, but the ball lipped out over the front of the rim into Curtis' waiting arms. Curtis went right back up and nailed the seven-footer as the final buzzer sounded to give her team the 73-72 win.

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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.