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By the time Benet’s Christen Prasse scored her final two points of the game on a drive through the lane with 5:40 remaining, she had single-handedly outscored Providence, 27-26.
Prasse, who missed the Redwings’ first four games with an ankle injury and is finally beginning to flash the explosiveness that was so evident a year ago, helped Benet (9-5) snap a three-game losing streak with a 52-35 victory at the Naperville North/Benet Tournament Friday in Lisle.
“I think I’m starting to get back in my groove,” Prasse said. “I’m taking the ball to the basket, being confident. I came back probably two, three weeks ago and I was a little hesitant with the ankle. It takes time. I think I’m back 100 percent.”
Prasse, who was 3-for-4 from three-point range, had an answer for every Providence run in the second half. When the Celtics ran off five unanswered points to pull within 29-16, Prasse buried a three-pointer. When Providence trimmed a 21-point deficit to 16, Prasse splashed a three again.
“That’s the best that she’s played, in all honesty,” Benet coach Peter Paul said. “We were kind of waiting for Chrissy to come back. Plus, she’s got to get used to a new cast of characters. They really look for her sometimes a little too much.
“Tonight, she took the ball to the hoop, she was looking for her shot, she could hit the three…that’s Chrissy,” he said.
Benet was also a different team from the free-throw line than it was just 24 hours earlier when the Redwings were 1-of-8 in a 41-39 loss to Wheaton Warrenville South. Friday, Benet was perfect on 12 attempts.
“The three losses hit us hard,” Prasse said. “We’re not used to losing that much. We knew this was going to be a tough team. They’re a lot like us…short, scrappy…and we knew we had to play hard and we did that. Our shots were falling and our defense these last two games has been the best it’s been all year.”
Sophomore Emily Eshoo added 13 points and freshman point guard Kathleen Doyle added six points for Benet. Providence (5-7) got eight points from Marybeth Galick, seven points from Alex Shermulis and six points from Alyssa Jurges.
“We’re struggling a little bit on the offensive end of it,” Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “I got good kids, good players, we’re just not putting the ball in the basket. I’m sure with a little more effort, a little more work, we’ll get there.
“The kids are working real hard,” she added. “We’re playing a lot of kids and sometimes we break down defensively on the combinations and some of the little fundamentals. It always makes it tough when you’re missing shots to mentally stay fired up on the defensive end.”