Eagles defeat Marian in final regular season game

 By: Tom Brown

The Benedictine women’s basketball team won a tough game over Marian University Saturday in the Northern Athletics Conference Challenge Game, as they defeated the Sabres 64-60 in their regular season finale at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

The Eagles were hot from the field in the first half, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 43 percent from three point range. Because of that, they were able to take a 34-27 halftime lead.

The Eagles offensive success continued in the second half. They utilized sophomore post player Kam Haifleigh more in the half, as she finished as one of three players in double figures for BenU with 12 points.

“Our plan at halftime was to get the ball inside to Kam,” Eagles Head Coach Kristen Gillespie said.  “We knew that we had the advantage down low, and she was the best post player out there.”

Also for Benedictine, freshman guard Katie Hunzinger scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, and freshman guard Megan Novak led the Eagles with 16 points.

For Marian, senior Alexis Becker had a game-high 20 points in a losing effort.

The win for the Eagles was their final tune-up for the postseason, as they begin the NAC conference tournament on Wednesday February 22nd by traveling to Wisconsin Lutheran to face the top seeded Warriors.  Although the Eagles have a tough road as the number eight seed in the tournament, Gillespie believes her players are ready to go.

“Our goal all year has been to win our league,” Gillespie said. “In order to do that, we are going to have to beat them. We drew the straw first and it will be tough, but I know we will be ready.”