By Tom Brown
Sophomore Michelle Gaede scored a career high 29 points as she helped her team defeat Concordia University-Chicago 69-57 Tuesday at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.
The Eagles started out strong as they went up by as many as 12 in the first half and taking a 30-24 lead into halftime. Their lead, however, would not last as the Eagles committed eight turnovers in the first eight minutes of the second half and found themselves down by two with seven minutes left.
BenUwould bounce back behind Gaede, who in addition to her 29 points had a game-high 12 assists and also grabbed five rebounds.
“Michelle really put the team on her back in the second half,” Head Coach Kristen Gillespie said.
Helping out Gaede for the Eagles was senior Tracey Walsh who had 16 points. Bobbie May led the Cougars with 17 points and 6 assists.
BenU improved to 8-14 and 5-10 in Northern Athletics Conference play.The win pushed the Eagles into a tie for third place in the conference’s South division with CUC.
It was a great win for us tonight,” said head coach Kristen Gillespie. “We had a tough loss Saturday on the road against Lakeland, and right now we are in a dogfight for third place.”
The Eagles are back in action this Saturday as they take on Rockford College at 2 p.m. at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.