Tough Times for BenU Women’s Basketball

by John Pierri


It’s been a rough week for the Benedictine University women’s basketball team, as they have lost two straight since dominating Aurora University last weekend. They are now 2-5 (1-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference) after dropping contests to the MSOE Raiders and the Concordia-Wisconsin Falcons.

Last Wednesday night the Eagles lost their first NAC matchup 62-53 to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The ladies had a 29-22 lead at half time, but that lead vanished in the second half as they were outscored 40-24. They were only 2-13 from three-point land and MSOE out-rebounded the Eagles 40-36.

Freshman guards Megan Novak and Katie Hunzinger led the Eagles with 13 points, while sophomore guard Michelle Gaede had 12.

We made some improvements last Saturday, but we seemed to have taken a step or two backwards on Wednesday’s game,” said senior guard Tracey Walsh.

Concordia University-Wisconsin visited the Dan and Ada Rice center Saturday and they handed the Eagles a 60-42 loss. Walsh put up 12 points and recorded 7 total rebounds.

The Eagles were down 33-22 at the half and Concordia- Wisconsin’s offensive onslaught continued in the second half. The Falcons found themselves up by as much as 14 points never looked back, beating the Eagles by 18 points.

“Coach has been telling us that we need more energy and we need to play with more intensity,” said Walsh.

Katie Hunzinger scans the defense during Saturday's game. Photo taken by Luke Stanczyk.

That intensity will be tested rather quickly, as the Eagles have two conference games upcoming. On Tuesday the 6th, they travel to Concordia-Chicago to face a struggling Cougars team, and the travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face Edgewood College on Saturday.