WALTHAM, Mass. – Kim Brennan totaled 20 points to lead top-seeded Bentley University to an 83-61 win over No. 9 seed Southern New Hampshire University in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Women's Basketball Championship Tuesday night at the Dana Center. The Falcons improve to 23-4 and host fourth-seeded Saint Rose in a semifinal Friday night. The Penmen see their season come to a close at 12-16 overall.
Brennan finished 9-12 from the floor to lead five Falcons in double figures. Shatasia Kearse totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Courtney Finn totaled 12 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Battista totaled 12 points, while Katherine Goodwin added 10 points.
Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) wrapped up her SNHU career with 20 points and eight rebounds, going 8-15 from the floor. Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) was the other Penmen player in double figures, as she finished with 14 points. Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) and Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) added eight points apiece.
SNHU held early leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but the Falcons used a 12-0 run to build a 14-4 lead 4:40 into the game following a basket by Brennan. Bentley made 16 of its first 18 shots from the floor and opened up a 34-18 lead 12 minutes into the game following a basket by Finn. The hosts led by as many as 18 in the first half and led 45-28 at halftime, going 21-28 from the floor and 3-6 behind the arc.
Bentley opened up its largest lead, 60-36, with 14:29 remaining on a basket by Battista. Southern New Hampshire used a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 14, 62-48, on a steal and layup by Duffy with 8:48 remaining. The Penmen trailed 64-50 when the Falcons used a 6-2 spurt to go up 70-52 with 5:54 remaining. Bentley maintained at least a 16-point lead the rest of the way.
The Falcons shot 62.5% for the contest and outrebounded Southern New Hampshire 35-24. SNHU shot 41.1% for the game and went 12-17 at the free throw line, while Bentley was 8-12.