by Logan Hanson
The Benedictine Women’s Basketball team earned its sixth straight victory with a 72-41 win over the visiting Marian Sabres. The victory marks the team’s third victory in conference play.
“It was a good team victory,” said sophomore Georgia Alexakos, “We had a really strong defensive performance and we were hitting our shots. When you win a game 72-41 all facets of the game are all working well and that showed tonight.”
The Eagles had a very strong game with great scoring and a solid defense. They took their first lead of the game in the first quarter 4-3 and never relinquished it. The team took a comfortable lead ending the first quarter with a good layup by sophomore Jasma Williams that resulted the score of 15-7.
The second quarter went most of the same way for the Eagles with them expanding their lead 38-16 to end the quarter. The Eagles hardly let their opponent score in the second quarter. To start the third quarter, the Eagles came out scoring fast including freshman Payton Sims hitting back to back threes to extend the Eagles lead 50-19.
The Eagles also earned their highest lead of the game when sophomore Venita Parsons hit a three pointer to give the Eagles a 35 point lead with the score of 59-24. During the fourth quarter, it took two minutes until either team could score.
Senior Nicole Botich scored a two pointer, then the teams rallied in points for a bit until three minutes again without any points being scored. By the end, the Eagles had the lead by 31 points. The team also had good bench play with Sims leading the team in scoring with 14 points followed closely by sophomore DeKayla Crayton who had 12. Freshman Casey Williams led the team with eight rebounds.
The Eagle defense only allowed the Marian offense to make a total of nine field goals in the game, giving them a 19.6 percent shooting percentage. Benedictine shot 41.8 percent from the field and converted nine three pointers.
“The team executed the whole game and played good defense so we came on top”, said freshman Kija Connax.
The Eagles next Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) is another home game which will be against Rockford University Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Then another conference on Saturday where the Eagles will face off Edgewood College at 4:15 p.m., but off campus .