Women’s Basketball wins nail-biter

by Clare Lopez-Kaley

Megan Novak dribbles the ball up the floor. Photo by Paige McLaughlin.



The Benedictine University Women’s Basketball team won a last-minute contest again Alverno College Saturday, January 28th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by a score of 52-49.  Despite trailing the 5-14 Inferno at halftime by four points, BenU was able to come back.

Despite Alverno’s sub-par record, the Inferno was a tough opponent to the Eagles. Alverno snatched 24 total rebounds in the first half, 13 of them offensive.

However, despite their struggles in the first half, the Eagles came out in the second half looking for redemption.  The Eagles started the second half by going on a 13-0 run, as freshman guard Megan Novak, sophomore guard Michelle Gaede, sophomore forward Mary Calov and senior forward Tracey Walsh led the team.  Although Alverno showed signs of a comeback, the BenU Eagles held them off by Gaede hitting two free throws in the final seconds to give the Eagles the win.

Despite being out-rebounded 41-27, the Eagles were able to step up and finish strong in the second half.  Gaede led the Eagles with 14 points and five rebounds, and Walsh had 12 points and three steals.  Megan Novak had seven points and four assists.

With a 4-8 conference record and a 7-12 overall record, BenU sits in fourth place in the Northern Athletics Conference South division. Their next opponent, Milwaukee School of Engineering, leads the South division with a 9-3 conference record.  They will travel to Milwaukee to face the Raiders on Wednesday at 7 p.m.