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GOSHEN, Ind. – A rough offensive night saw the Goshen College women's basketball team drop a non-conference match up with visiting Benedictine University (Ill.) 71-53 Thursday night.
Despite hitting eight 3-pointers - including seven in the first half - the Maple Leafs hit just 25% from the field. The Eagles hit only 39%, but had a huge effort on the boards where they held a 52-35 advantage.
Senior Mary Hathaway led Goshen with 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman Liz Tecca had 10 points and senior Sam Hawk chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Meghan Novak led three Benedictine players in double figures with 11 points. Alexis Joseph and Katie Hunzinger each registered double-doubles with 10 points and 10 rebounds each.
The visitors scored the first four points of the game before Avery Bischoff hit a 3-pointer (WATCH) almost three minutes in to get Goshen on the board. The Leafs, though did not hit another field goal (2-of-11) until 12:33 remained in the half, a Mary Hathaway 3-pointer (WATCH).
Fortunately for Goshen, Benedictine was also struggling offensively and turned the ball over four times over the next two-plus minutes. The Maple Leafs took advantage transitioning a pair of turnovers into two Liz Tecca long balls (WATCH and WATCH) to tie the score and then give them their first lead of the night (12-9).
Goshen continued to use the long range shot to their advantage, including another Hathaway 3-pointer (WATCH) to go up 18-16. That would be their last lead of the night, though. The Eagles immediately went on a 12-0 run and took a 29-21 lead into the halftime intermission. All 21 of the Leafs' points at the break were from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting 0-for-17 from inside the circle.
Benedictine continued their strong run into the second half, scoring the six of the first eight points to extend their advantage to double digits (35-23). The Eagles shot an improved 46% in the second half and never let the Maple Leafs back into the contest.
Goshen (0-11) will head to Indianapolis for an exhibition contest with IUPUI on Sunday before resuming regular season play on December 15 against Trinity International.