Bentley works overtime in its favor
Bentley University Athletics
COLCHESTER, Vt. -- Freshman forward Lauren Battista finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and senior All-Conference guard Kim Brennan followed with 19 points and nine assists, as Bentley University pulled out an 82-79 win against St. Michael's College in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball Sunday afternoon at the Ross Sports Center.
Bentley, down by as many as four in the overtime, closed out the game with seven unanswered points over the final 2:10, a run that begin with a lay-up and three-pointer by freshman post Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg, Mass./Wachusett Reg. HS).
The win for the 24th-ranked team in Division II gave the Falcons their first double-digit winning streak since 2003 and, coupled with Pace's 66-60 win at Assumption, gave Bentley sole possession of first place in the NE-10. Coach Barbara Stevens' team improved to 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference while St. Michael's dipped to 4-5 overall and 2-4 NE-10.
After the Knights went up four three times in the first three minutes of the extra session, Bentley drew within two on Brugliera's lay-up with 2:10 left. Following a defensive stop and rebounds at both the defensive and offensive ends by Battista, Brugliera buried a three-ball from the top of the key, accounting for the 13th lead change since halftime.
Two more defensive rebounds by Battista led to a pair of Bentley trips to the line with both sophomore Courtney Finn and Brennan making one of two in the final 35 seconds. St. Michael's, after Brennan made it a three-point game with 7.7 seconds left, had a chance for a tying trey, but the attempt came up well short.