2010
Benedictine defeats Edgewood to advance in NAC women's tournament

Benedictine defeats Edgewood to advance in NAC women's tournament
February 25, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The Benedictine University women's basketball team advanced in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament, knocking off fifth-seeded Edgewood College 52-49 in a back-and-forth defensive battle Wednesday at the Rice Center. Benedictine did not make things easy for their Edgewood, holding the guests to just 26.5 percent shooting from the floor in the first half. However, it took Benedictine more than four minutes to score as Edgewood opened a 5-0 lead. Benedictine led by eight at 27-19 with 2:27 remaining in the half before Edgewood closed on a 7-0 run to get within 27-26 at the half. Edgewood started the second half strong, taking a six-point advantage at 40-34 with 11:28 to play. Benedictine answered with an 8-1 run, taking a 42-41 advantage when Monika Krozel (Norridge, Ill.) hit a three-pointer with 8:01 left. The visitors took the lead again moments later for the final time. Jenn Bren (St. Charles, Ill.) hit two free throws with 5:58 remaining to put Benedictine up 44-43. Edgewood pulled within one with 3:01 to play and had an opportunity for the lead, but could not convert. Benedictine hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes to go up by as many as six. The game featured six ties and nine lead changes. Edgewood shot just 27 percent in the contest while Benedictine hit 31.5 percent of its field goal attempts. Edgewood held a 49-40 rebounding edge, leading to 13 second-chance points. The visitors also turned 22 Benedictine turnovers into 26 points. Benedictine owns a 9-1 record on the Rice Center floor. Tracey Walsh (Oak Forest, Ill.) scored 11 points and was the lone Benedictine player to hit double figures. Lidia Arias (Bridgeview, Ill.) and Jenn Bren scored eight points each. Arias had a team-high nine rebounds. Amber Hemp scored a game-high 17 points to lead Edgewood. Hannah Schultz added 14 rebounds for the visitors. Benedictine (14-11) will travel to Wisconsin to face top-seeded Concordia University Wisconsin, a 59-53 winner over Milwaukee School of Engineering, Friday at 7:00 p.m. Concordia Wisconsin has ended Benedictine’s season in the NAC tournament the last three seasons. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics Web site.

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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.