2008
Women's basketball shoots down Stars in NAC opener

Women's basketball shoots down Stars in NAC opener
December 3, 2008

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

Benedictine University's women's basketball team battled back from a six-point halftime deficit to score an 84-70 win over Dominican University on the road in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) opener for both teams. The Eagles are now 3-3 on the year and 1-0 in the NAC. After trailing by a score of 37-31 at the intermission, the Benedictine squad fought its way back thanks to an early run in the second half. The Eagles out-scored the Stars in the first five minutes of the second stanza, 10-5, to lead 44-42 on a three-point basket by Blair Erickson. It was BU's first lead since the game's opening basket. The Eagles took the lead for good when Lidia Arias canned a trey at 10:08 left in the game to put her team up, 54-52. That ignited an 18-8 run by the Eagles over the next 4 1/2 minutes that saw Benedictine's advantage swell to 69-60 with 5:37 left to play. Arias led Benedictine with a personal season-best 19 points, hitting 6-of-6 from the field (including 3-for-3 from three-point range). Arias also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior guard Blair Erickson also had a hot shooting hand, resulting in 18 points. Erickson hit 5-of-6 from long range and was 6-for-9 overall from the field. Senior guard Laketa Simpson chipped in 16 points, while Monika Krozel scored 13 and Tracey Walsh 12, rounding out the quintet of the Eagles' double-digit scorers. Simpson had a game-leading six assists and Krozel had a team-high eight rebounds. Erickson led either team in larceny with four steals.

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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.