Bentley stays perfect, drops Stonehill
Sophomores Battista and Brugliera combine for 24 boards
Bentley held the Skyhawks to a season-low point total and just 28 percent shooting while improving to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the NE-10. It marked the fifth time this year that Bentley has held a team in the 40's.
After falling behind briefly, Bentley took the lead for good with a Brugliera-powered 10-3 surge that put the visitors in front 16-11 midway through the opening half. The six-footer had six of the ten, including the first five with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.
A three-point game with six minutes left in the first half, the Falcons extended their lead to nine by intermission, 29-20. The 8-2 spurt included three points apiece by Brugliera and Battista, and a basket by junior guard Courtney Finn to beat the buzzer.
After the Skyhawks (5-5, 2-5 NE-10) opened the second half scoring with a pair of free throws, Brugliera embarked on a personal 7-0 run, with two inside baskets and three free throws, to make it a 14-point game, 36-22, with 16:39 to play.
The Bentley lead remained in double figures over the final 18:32 and peaked at 17 a couple times, including 49-32 after a basket from senior guard Katherine Goodwin.
Brugliera finished 8 of 12 from the field, with two three-pointers, and also sank eight of ten free throws as she made more from the line than Stonehill (5 of 7) took. In addition, she had ten rebounds, a steal and a block in a solid all-around effort.
Battista matched her point total with a career-best 14 rebounds, and Finn followed with eight points.
Senior guard Priscilla Dodoo was the only double-figure scorer for Stonehill as she finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
Bentley outshot the Skyhawks, 38-28 percent, and had a significant edge at the foul line, making 17 of 24 as compared to five of seven. Turnovers were even at 14, and the Falcons had seven more rebounds, 43-36.