Bentley Pulls Away from Women's Basketball

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Katherine Goodwin totaled 16 points to lead Bentley University to a 69-54 win over Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 women's basketball Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.  The Falcons improved to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 1-3 and 0-3 in the league.

Goodwin, a Goffstown, N.H. native who attended Governor's Academy (Mass.), finished 6-14 from the floor and led three Falcons in double figures.  Lauren Battista netted 14 points on 7-10 shooting while also grabbing eight rebounds, while Kim Brennan added 10 points.  Manchester (N.H.) Central product Christiana Bakolas totaled four points in 12 minutes off the bench for Bentley.

Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) led Southern New Hampshire with her second straight double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds while going 5-10 from the floor.  Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) was the other Penmen player in double figures, totaling 11 points on 5-8 shooting while also handing out four assists.  Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.) and Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) added eight points apiece for the Penmen.

SNHU jumped out to a 7-2 lead 2:17 into the game and led for much of the first seven minutes.  The Falcons took their first lead, 17-16, on a pair of Brennan free throws with 12:30 left in the first half.  Bentley used a 7-0 spurt to take a 32-23 lead with just under six minutes to go before halftime on a Shatasia Kearse layup, but the Penmen would hold their guests without a field goal the remainder of the half and pull within five, 33-28, at the break.

Bentley outscored SNHU 16-5 over the first seven minutes of the second half and opened up a 49-33 lead on a basket by Battista with 13:02 left to play.  SNHU used a 6-0 spurt to pull within 11, 52-41, with just under nine minutes left on a Houghtaling layup, but that would be as close as the Penmen would come.  The guests led by as many as 19 in the game's waning moments. 

Bentley shot 52% (13-25) over the final 20 minutes while limiting the Penmen to a 7-22 effort from the floor over the final minutes after SNHU shot 52.2% (12-23) in the first half.  The Falcons outrebounded Southern New Hampshire 38-33, including a 16-8 margin on the offensive end, and forced 29 Penmen turnovers that led to 35 Falcon points.

Southern New Hampshire travels to Saint Michael's on Wednesday.