2009
Women's basketball crushes Concordia, 73-47

Women's basketball crushes Concordia, 73-47
February 18, 2009

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

The first time Benedictine University and Concordia University Chicago met in women's basketball this season, the two teams combined for 173 points in a track-meet style win for the Eagles. In last night's rematch, only Benedictine was able to continue the high-octane points in a 73-47 victory on the Cougars' home court. The win improved BU's record to 11-13 overall and 8-10 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Eagles soared out to a 44-23 halftime advantage and were never tested after that point. Benedictine was led by 14 points each from senior and leading scorer Laketa Simpson, as well as from freshman Tracey Walsh (who may well top the team's scoring charts in the future). Sophomore Karyn Conerty came off of the Benedictine bench to tally 11 points, hitting 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-for-3 from beyond the three-point arc. As a team, the Eagles out-rebounded CUC by a 58-44 margin (including producing 12 more boards than the Cougars on the offensive glass). Three Eagles - Walsh, Lidia Arias and Monika Krozel - amassed eight rebounds apiece. Guard Karissa Povlsen grabbed seven rebounds. Arias blocked two shots and senior guard Blair Erickson gave off a game-leading five assists. The Eagles will next host Rockford College on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) in the "NAC Challenge Game" before beginning action in the NAC post-season tournament next Tuesday.

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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.