Bentley pulls away from Holy Family
Falcons score 58 points in second half, 67 percent from field
WALTHAM, Mass. -- For the second consecutive year, Bentley is headed to the Elite Eight.
The Falcons punched their ticket by using their best half of the season (58 points on 67 percent shooting in second half) to overcome a 12-point deficit and beat Holy Family 84-73 on Monday.
In the second half Lauren Battista combined with Jacqui Brugliera and Courtney Finn for 43 points on 17 of 20 shooting. Battista was perfect on all eight of her field-goal attempts attempts.
Bentley was down 38-26 at halftime and stormed out of the lockerroom with a quick 13-point explosion, and took the lead for good when Kelsey Roberson drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 14:08 on the clock, making it 44-43.
Battista, who had three points at the break, began the run with a layup and Brugliera followed with a three just 37 seconds into the second half. Lay-ups by Finn and Brugliera, and a baseline jumper by Katherine Goodwin brought the Falcons to within one, 38-37.
The Falcons' first lead since near the 12-minute mark of the first half came with 16:21 remaining, when Battista grabbed an offensive rebound before hitting a turn-around jumper in the paint.
Holy Family took the lead back on a pair of free throws by Erin Mann and a three from Lauren Peters.
The last Tiger lead of the season was short-lived as Bentley ran off the next seven points in a row. Finn made a pair from the line, Roberson connected from outside the arc and Battista made another lay-up. The burst made it 46-43 and Bentley never trailed again.
That run grew into a 15-2 run featuring two Goodwin 3-pointers and saw Holy Family use up its final timeout with more than 12 minutes remaining.
Holy Family, ice cold from the field for the first eight-plus minutes of the second half, heated up narrowed the gap to one with a 12-5 run with 6:18 still to play, 65-64.
A Brugliera jumper and a Battista drive quieted the Tigers, but the visitors stayed close. After a Mann lay-up with 1:58 left brought her team to within three at 76-73, the Falcons sealed the deal by scoring the game's final eight points.
Battista finished with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Brugliera followed with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Finn finished with 15, all but two coming in the second half after she sat most of the first with two fouls.
Goodwin filled the stat sheet with 13 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Roberson provided a big lift off the bench, with eight points and matched her career-high in assists with eight.
Bentley, which had shot only 30 percent while committing 12 turnovers in the first half, finished the game at 48 percent with only 14 turnovers. The Falcons dominated points in the paint, 38-16 and also had a 17-10 edge in points off turnovers.
Ana Cruz paced Holy Family with 17 points off the bench and Mann finished with 15 points, eight boards and five assists.