by Zaid Siddiqui
Despite mounting a comeback, the Benedictine University women’s basketball team fell to Marian University 67-61 on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, while Marian shot a blistering 47 percent. Before halftime, BenU managed to trim the deficit down to 11 points.
“We gave up way too many three’s in the first half,” said Head Coach Kristen Gillespie. “We didn’t come out with any energy.”
The Eagles tightened up the defense in the second half, and even compelled Gillespie to say that it was the best half of basketball they have played this season. They held the Sabres offense to a 32 percent shooting percentage and outscored them 33-28. BenU would trim the 18 point lead to two, but a three-pointer and free throws by Marian would seal their 67-61 victory.
Senior guard Tracey Walsh lead all scorers with 22 points while shooting 10-10 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Katie Hunzinger added 13 points and 7 rebounds.
For Marian, Sarah Albert led the team in scoring with 14.
With the loss, Benedictine falls to 3-12 and 1-7 in conference. The Eagles will travel to Rockford on Wednesday night to face Rockford College, who is 3-12 as well.
Despite Rockford’s record, Gillespie still cited concerns about getting off to a faster start.
“It’s going to be challenging,” Gillespie said. “We have a very young team; we have two seniors and one junior. Every game is a learning experience. We’re not the type of team that can take 10 minutes off and be successful.”
“We have been challenging the team to come out quickly and aggressively. Hopefully they’ll learn from the lessons from the past.”