Finn leads Bentley to win in first NE-10 game, beats Saint Anselm
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Grad student Courtney Finn scored a team-best 16 points, senior All-America forward Lauren Battista followed with 14 and the bench chipped in with 40 as Bentley, the No. 1 team in Division II, rolled to an 89-58 win against Saint Anselm in Northeast-10 Conference action in Wednesday night at Stoutenburgh Gym.
It was the conference-opener for both teams with Bentley, the three-time defending Northeast-10 champion improving to 3-0 and Saint Anselm dropping its first in three games under first-year coach Julie Plant.
Finn was the only Falcon to play more than 20 minutes and she achieved her 16 points, along with a team-best eight rebounds, in 24. Battista made six of nine shots and also provided six rebounds, Caleigh Crowell's night included eight points, and Christiana Bakolas had eight assists in her return to her home state.
The bench contributions included 10 points by sophomore guard Jane White and nine from Jen Gemma, who also had seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Senior forward Briana Jones powered Saint Anselm with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Bentley outshot the Hawks 89-58 and dominated the boards 50-31. The Falcons connected on five more threes (8-3), enjoyed a 44-16 advantage in points in the paint and were a plus-12 in points off turnovers.
No. 2 Gannon 80, Walsh 68
ERIE, Pa. -- Senior Jen Papich, junior Brittany Batts and junior Nettie Blake each finished with 15 points, as No. 2 Gannon opened the season with an 80-68 win against Walsh at the Hammermill Center on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Lady Knights have captured a victory in five consecutive home openers. The Lady Knights improve to 1-0 overall, while the Cavaliers drop to 2-1 on the season.
Papich and Blake each recorded a double-double, collecting 10 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Papich led the team with two steals and two blocks. Batts also recorded 15 points, all off three-pointers, while collecting two rebounds. Senior Kelley Sundberg scored nine points with a team-high eight assists. Redshirt junior Doriyon Glass tallied seven points including three rebounds. As a team, Gannon shot 46.2 percent from the field and 37.0 from a distance, while also controlling the glass by a count of 37-32.
Walsh was led by Kelsey Funderburgh with a team-high 22 points and four rebounds in the loss. Jalynn Graham added 18 to the Cavaliers' total, also sharing a team-high six rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 44.2 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point land.