Balanced Effort Leads No. 17 Bentley Past Women's Basketball

WALTHAM, Mass. – Lauren Battista and Kim Brennan each finished with 16 points as No. 17 Bentley University defeated Southern New Hampshire University 73-56 in Northeast-10 women's basketball Saturday at the Dana Center.  The Falcons improved to 20-3 overall and 17-2 in the NE-10 with the victory, while the Penmen are now 10-13 and 8-11 in the league.

Battista also added six rebounds and five assists while Brennan went 10-10 at the free throw line as the duo paced five Falcon players in double figures.  Katherine Goodwin went 5-10 from the field and totaled 12 points off the bench, while Jacqui Brugliera and Shatasia Kearse each finished with 10 points.

Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire with 11 points, draining three three-pointers.  Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) added 10 points, going 5-11 from the field while also grabbing five rebounds.  Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) finished with eight points, while Megan Spanarkel (Tinton Falls, N.J.) notched seven points.  Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) registered six points, six rebounds and five assists.

SNHU jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Falcons would take the lead for good on a 14-2 run capped by a Courtney Finn layup with 12:46 left in the first half that made it 14-6.  The Penmen would pull within two, 16-14, when Sorrell's basket capped an 8-2 spurt with 9:29 left before intermission.  Bentley led 23-22 when it closed out the half on a 15-8 run and took a 38-30 lead into the locker room.

Sorrell would cut Bentley's lead to 38-33 early in the second half on a three-pointer, but Bentley scored the next six points to make it 44-33 on Brugliera's basket with just over 17 minutes left.  The Penmen would get the lead down to six twice, the last time on Houghtaling's conventional three-pointer with 13 minutes left that made it 47-41, but the guests would get no closer.  Bentley took its largest lead, 65-45, with 5:37 left on a basket by Goodwin.

Bentley shot 59.3% in the first half and 49% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 30.4% over the final 20 minutes after they shot 51.9% in the first half.  The Falcons, who held a 31-28 rebounding advantage, took eight more trips to the free throw line, going 19-21 while SNHU was 10-13.  The Penmen were also hurt by 23 turnovers leading to a 22-14 Falcon edge in points off giveaways.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Saint Michael's College in a 5:30 contest.