2008
Curtis an All-America finalist in women's basketball

Curtis an All-America finalist in women's basketball
March 8, 2008

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

Benedictine University women’s basketball standout Tamika Curtis (Bellwood, Ill./Nazareth Academy) has been named as one of 40 finalists for the NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team, it was announced Friday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Curtis was named as one of the top five players in Region 7 (among schools from Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri) in advancing to consideration for the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team, which will be announced on Thursday, March 20. Curtis was a WBCA honorable mention All-America selection in 2006-07. Curtis finished the 2007-08 season with career-year numbers across the board for the Eagles. The 6'0" center averaged 19.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, all the while shooting 59.1 percent from the field. She also averaged 2.3 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in leading her team to a second-consecutive appearance in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) post-season tournament. On the year, Curtis rolled up 14 "double-doubles" and tallied in double-figure scoring in 25 of 26 contests. She had a career-high 39 point game this season versus North Central College on November 27. Curtis was named to the D3Hoops.com national "Team of the Week" three times this past season. Likewise, she was named as the NAC's "Student-Athlete of the Week" three times. She was also an all-tournament selection at the prestigious Trinity (Tex.) University Tournament. Curtis currently ranks among the NCAA Division III leaders in several categories, including: Scoring (21st), rebounds (20th), blocks (36th) and field goal percentage (12th). In the final 2007-08 NAC regular season statistics, she ranked among the Conference leaders in scoring (2nd), rebounds (1st), blocks (1st), field goal percentage (2nd) and free throw percentage (17th). Curtis finished an illustrious career with her fourth, first-team all-conference selection in as many seasons on the court. She is Benedictine's all-time leader in scoring (1,887 points), blocked shots (208) and field goal percentage (54.7%). She was also second on the all-time rebounding list (1,124). In her 106 game career, Curtis posted 54 double-doubles and scored in double digits in 99 games (with 39 games of 20-plus points and eight 30-point games).

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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.