Dec. 21, 2009
Story courtesy of Davenport Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Davenport (Mich.) junior Kallie Benike scored 14 points on Dec. 16 to lead the No. 1 Lady Panthers to a 100-57 victory over Kalamazoo College. The point total put Benike over 1,000 career points as she becomes the sixth player in school history to achieve that mark. Davenport has now won 12 straight and has a record of 12-1.
Benike joins former Lady Panthers Jen Rausch (02-06 - 2398 points), Karen Rugless (02-06 - 1729 points), Jeanette Woodberry (06-08 - 1342 points), Shannon Callaghan (03-07 - 1160 points) and Sara Haverdink (05-09 - 1028 points) in the 1,000 point club and is now only 27 points from Haverdink to moving into the top five.
Benike, who was the 2008-09 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore, has also earned First Team NAIA All-American honors as well as First Team WBCA All-American Honors.
DU jumped out to a commanding 15-0 lead and after a pair of free throws from the Hornets got them on the board, the Lady Panthers got a quick 3-pointer from Carrie Grubius (Kalamazoo, Mich.) to go up 18-2 and the rout was on.
Davenport eventually increased their lead to 30 at the break (51-21).
The 3-point shot was on all night for the visiting Panthers as they made 12-of-29 from behind the arc in the win. No DU player played more than 17 minutes as 15 of the 16 players who appeared in the game put points on the board.
The Lady Panthers shot 47% from the field while holding the host Hornets to just 32% as they also forced them into 30 turnovers.
Leading the way offensively for Davenport was Kristina Cousins (Ada, Mich.) who came off the bench and posted a career high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Also posting double-digits was Benike (14), Janelle Bagneski (Lake Mills, Wis.) who finished with 12 and Julie Janish (Whittemore, Mich.) who finished with 10.