Women’s basketball ends season with first round loss: Suffers 74-56 defeat to Wisconsin Lutheran

Katie Hunzinger goes up for a layup during a previous game. Photo by Paige McLaughlin.

Tom Brown


The Benedictine women’s basketball team’s season came to an end Wednesday night, as they suffered a 74-56 loss to the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors in the first round of the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament.  BenU finished the season with a record of 10-16 and 6-11 record in Conference play.

Benedictine played the Warriors tough in the first half, shooting 54 percent from the field and keeping the deficit to just one at the break. The Warriors, however, controlled the second half with a 13-4 run to start it. Wisconsin Lutheran would never look back, as they went up by as much as 20.

“They came out with a lot of energy to start the second half,” explained sophomore guard Michelle Gaede. “We were unable to respond to them, and they just started to pull away.”

Despite the loss, the Eagles felt good about the way their final game went.

“We had to work very hard for each and every one of our points,” senior guard Tracey Walsh said. “We gave it our all, but we just came up short.”

Gaede led the Eagles with 18 points, while Walsh added 17 in the losing effort. Freshman guard Katie Hunzinger added six points and a team-high seven rebounds, while freshman guard Vincenza Ranallo added five points and five rebounds off the bench.

For the Warriors, junior guard Shavon Dillion led with 19 points. Junior guard Krissy Johnson added 14 points, while senior forward Rachel Johnson had 15.