Finishing strong

by Amanda Jarzynski


With their season coming to a close, the Benedictine lady Eagles want to win as many points as possible before the Conference Tournament.

This week, they tallied three more wins onto their record taking them to 11 wins and 12 loses with two games left to play.

The lady Eagles started their three game win streak in Milwaukee.  There, they defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering, 66-52.  Benedictine took control of the game and quickly went up by nine points over Milwaukee.  Their lead grew more until the first half ended, and the lady Eagles were up by 18 points, 37-19.

The lead goal scorers of the night were Meghan Novak with 20 points and Vincenza Ranallo with 13 points.  Next, the lady Eagles faced Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

The Eagles defeated Dominican 68-53, bringing the same determination and energy to this game that they had in their game against Milwaukee.  In the first half alone, Novak scored 19 total points.

Her teammates followed her lead, and the Eagles led Dominican for most of the first half going into the locker room up by nine points.  In the second half, the lady Eagles continued to charge ahead of the competition.

Novak ended the game with a total of 27 points, while her teammate Kam Haifleigh followed her with 12 points.  Dominican was never able to get within eight points of the lady Eagles before the final buzzer sounded.

Finally, the lady Eagles went up against Lakeland College on their home court in the Dan and Ada Rice Center.  They won this game by ten points, 64-54.

Lakeland started the game strong and pulled ahead by eight points right from the buzzer.  The lady Eagles finally tallied points six minutes into the game and fought until the game was tied at the end of the first half, 21-21.

The lead was fought for between the two teams in the second half.  First BenU lead by a wide margin, then Lakeland battled back to take the lead.  The lady Eagles tied the game at 40 with just over five minutes left to play.  After they closed the scoring gap, the lady Eagles found their drive and eventually took a 13-point lead over Lakeland.

The last two games of the regulation season will be hosted in the Dan and Ada Rice Center.  The next game will be the previously postponed game against Edgewood College.  The lady Eagles will finish the season off with a game against Rockford University.