Women’s Basketball Wins Against MSOE

By: Elana Garay

BenU’s Women’s Basketball played against MSOE this past Wednesday. After losing to Wisconsin Lutheran, they have regained their winning streak. The Eagles were able to outscore their opponent with a final score of 58-46.

Benedictine held onto the lead in the first half of the game. Junior Nicole Botich made three points and senior Meghan Novak added three more. MSOE responded by scoring a three pointer, but still could not catch up to Benedictine. After MSOE scored their 7th point, the Eagles scored 7 times in a row. Seniors Vincenza Ranallo, Novak and junior Botich made those helpful points. By the end of the half, the score was 28-9.

In the second half, Benedictine continued their lead and scored 4 points. Two baskets made by Novak and another two made by Botich furthered the Eagles lead. MSOE tried to outscore Benedictine, but could not. With back to back scoring, the crowd was anxious; however, seven free throws made by Benedictine players won the game for the eagles.

“We knew coming in that MSOE was going to be a tough team to beat, especially going there. We held them to just 9 points at the half, but struggled to get consecutive stops in the second half, which led them back into the game. However, a win is a win and we’ll take it,” said senior Michelle Batty.

Botich had 13 points, 11 rebounds and her fourth double of the season. Ranallo contributed 10 points.

“The girls are having a great season. I enjoy going to the game and cheering in the student section,” said senior Mike Krueger.

Women’s basketball will be home game on January 24 at 1 p.m. against Wisconsin Lutheran.