Balanced attack leads top-ranked Bentley past No. 7 Stonehill
Top-ranked Bentley got double-figure scoring from four players, including 23 points from forward Caleigh Crowell, in an 81-62 victory against No. 7 Stonehill at Merkert Gymnasium.
Christiana Bakolas had 17 points and nine rebounds while Courtney Finn added 16 points and seven rebounds for the winners, who led by as many as 28 points.
Off the bench, Jen Gemma had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Bentley goes to 6-0 and 3-0 and NE-10 play while Stonehill drops to 4-2 and 1-1.
Mary Louise Dixon had 18 points to lead Stonehill, which handed Bentley its only NE-10 loss last season.
No. 2 Gannon 80, Seton Hill 66
Nettie Blake had 13 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as second-ranked Gannon eased past Seton Hill at the McKenna Center.
Gannon also got 11 points from Brittany Batts and nine points from Doryion Glass.
The Lady Knights never reliquished the lead on 44 percent field-goal shooting and 40 percent accuracy from behind the three-point line.
Katie Gattuso led the Griffins with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Gannon's bench outscored Seton Hill's 30-17.
No. 4 Emporia State 77, Midwestern State 55
The No. 4 Lady Hornets defeated Midwestern State to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Four Lady Hornets scored in double digits, led by Rheanna Egli's 15 points. Egli was 2-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc and added five assists.
Laura Patrick scored 14 points, while Desiree Wylie and Kionna Kellog scored 13 and 11 points respectively. Amber Vandiver led the Emporia State with 11 rebounds.
Emporia State outscored the Mustangs 24-6 from 3-point range.
No. 5 Nova Southeastern 81, Kentucky State 56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 5 Nova Southeastern women's basketball team moved to 3-0 on the year behind a career-high 22 points from Taylor Buie, routing Kentucky State at the Bellarmine Classic on Saturday afternoon 81-56.
Buie bookended three-pointers on a 20-3 NSU run that gave them the lead for good. The first came with 14:36 left with the Sharks trailing 6-5, and the spurt ended when she sank another at the 7:00 mark, for a 25-9 lead.
The Shark defense forced 11 Thorobrette first-half turnovers and held them to 23 percent shooting in the frame as the lead at the break was 43-24. Buie had 13 of her 22 at that point. Jasmine Wilkins scored all of her 11 points before the half, while Amanda Burakoski had nine.
When KSU scored four unanswered to start the second half, NSU called timeout, and that's when Richelle Carach took over. She scored the next six points of the game to start an 11-0 NSU spurt to push the lead out to 54-28.
Buie's third 3-pointer, with 6:15 remaining, made for the biggest margin of the game, 29 (70-41). The team was able to get minutes for their true freshmen late, and Brittany Mesler, Ashley Robinson and Winter Rodriguez all got into the scoring column, Mesler and Robinson for the first time in their NSU careers.
No. 9 Chico State 77, Tampa 67
ROHNERT PARK – Chico State faced its toughest challenge of the young season Saturday in the second day of the Sonoma State-hosted Elsie Darling Classic, taking on Tampa. The Wildcats – ranked ninth in the nation – succeeded with flying colors, aggressively attacking the much taller Spartans in the paint and connecting with regularity from outside to post a 77-67 win over the Spartans at the Wolves' Den in Rohnert Park.
Saturday's win runs the Wildcats' record to 4-0 on the season, while the University of Tampa slipped to 3-2 overall. Chico State continues a streak that has seen the 'Cats beat each of their four 2013-14 opponents by at least 10 points.
Hannah Womack hit three 3-pointers on the day and led four Wildcats in double figures with 17 points. Analise Riezebos added 13; Jazmine Miller contributed 12 points and five rebounds, and McKenzie Dalthorp chipped in with 10.
Freshman Tyler Prange buried a trio of treys to finish with nine points, and Courtney Hamilton came within a whisker of a triple-double, scoring nine points, dishing out 10 assists and snaring eight rebounds.