2009
Women's basketball uses balance for NAC win, 66-52

Women's basketball uses balance for NAC win, 66-52
January 10, 2009

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

Benedictine University's women's basketball squad got a balanced effort from its team in turning away visiting Marian University, 66-52, at the Rice Center. The Eagles improved to 5-7 overall and are now 2-4 in the Northern Athletics Conference. Four Benedictine players - Tracey Walsh, Lidia Arias, Laketa Simpson and Blair Erickson - all scored in double figure totals. Walsh led the assault with 17 points on an 8-for-11 night shooting from the field. Walsh also snagged six rebounds, gave off three assists and had a pair of steals. Arias canned 15 points - including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc - and had a team-high eight rebounds. Simpson and Erickson added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Simpson's five assists and three blocks were both game-high totals, as well. Teammate Monika Krozel pulled down seven rebounds. Benedictine trailed Marian at the half by a 38-33 score before out-scoring the Sabres 33-14 in the second period. In that second half, Benedictine's defense kept Marian's field goal percentage at just 23 percent (7-of-31).

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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.