by Tom Brown
The Benedictine Women’s Basketball team got out to a strong start and never looked back on Tuesday night as they blew past rival Aurora University 71-56 for their first home win this season.
BenU dominated from the get go, going up by as many as 19 in the first half en route to a 39-20 halftime edge. One of the main reasons for the big lead was the Eagles ability to rebound, specifically on the offensive with 17 offensive boards.
“I don’t know if you added all of our offensive rebounds from the entire season, [but] we would have 17,” Eagles Head Coach Kristen Gillespie said. “We set a goal of outrebounding them by a margin of 10, and we clearly exceeded that.”
Leading the way for the Eagles with a career high 24 points was freshman guard Megan Novak, who shot four of five from the three-point line.
“I was able to get in the groove today,” Novak said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit recently, and today I was able to be more patient and hit some shots.”
“I give Meg a ton of credit,” Gillespie added. “The ball is in her hands 95 percent of the time, and Megan has done nothing but step up in every single game.”
Aiding Novak in the win for the Eagles was fellow freshman Katie Hunzinger, who tallied 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Michelle Gade and senior Tracey Walsh both chipped in with nine points.
The Spartans were led by JaQuitta Walker who had 14 points in the loss.
The Lady Eagles return to action Saturday as they travel to Alverno College for a 7 p.m. contest.