WALTHAM, Mass. -- With No. 15 Assumption holding a 70-68 lead with 5:30 left in the game, No. 4 Bentley answered with a decisive 14-2 run over the next 3:52 to build a 10-point lead. That stretch led the Falcons to an 88-74 victory in a clash for first place in the Northeast-10.

After an even opening two minutes, the Hounds used a 7-0 run to take a 13-6 lead after a pull-up jumper from Katy Howard. The Falcons eventually regained the lead at 21-18 on a quick 7-0 run moments later and led by as many as seven with 9:08 remaining.

Assumption came back with a run of its own as an 18-4 outburst gave the Hounds a 38-33 edge with 2:49 on the clock following a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Gabrielle Gibson.

The Hounds led by as many as six at 41-35 before the Falcons countered with a 10-2 scoring run over the final 2:13 of the half to take a 45-43 edge into the locker room.

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Kelly Meredith led the Hounds with 15 first-half points, including 6-7 at the free throw line, along with 13 points from Gibson. Lauren Battista led the Falcons with 14 points, along with 12 from Katherine Goodwin.

In the opening four minutes of the second half Bentley built a six-point lead before a quick Hounds run, capped by a baseline runner from Gibson, gave Assumption the lead back at 58-56.

The two teams went back and forth over the next several minutes before the Hounds went in front, 70-68 after a three-point play by Gibson. A 3-pointer from the far corner by Goodwin gave the Falcons the lead again at 71-70. Bentley continued its run behind five points from Courtney Finn to open up an 82-72 lead with 1:38 remaining.

The Hounds cut the lead back to eight moments later before the Falcons ran away with the game in the end.

Meredith, the leading scorer in the Northeast-10, led all scorers with 26 points for the Hounds, along with 23 points from Gibson. Battista led four Falcons in double figures with 22 points. She also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

With the loss, the Hounds fell to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast-10, while the Falcons improved to 12-1 overall and 8-0 in league play.