WALTHAM, Mass. -- Courtney Finn dropped in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 1 Bentley improved to 4-0 with an 81-57 win against 16th-ranked Dowling in non-conference action Saturday evening at the Dana Center.
It was the home opener for the Falcons, the season opener for the Golden Lions and the first meeting between the two since Dowling edged Bentley in the NCAA Division II East Regional final last March, denying the Falcons a third consecutive trip to the Elite Eight.
Finn, a graduate student, combined with senior All-America forward Lauren Battista for 28 first-half points while helping Bentley grab a 42-27 lead. Finn contributed 16 points and seven boards in the opening 20 minutes while Battista scored 12 of her 14 before the break.
Dowling, which lost three starters from last year's squad that reached the national championship game, played the Falcons even through the first 12-plus minutes with the score knotted at 20 apiece.
The rest of the first half belonged to the home team as Bentley closed with a 22-7 run. A fast-break lay-up by Battista made it 28-22, Finn scored seven straight to extend the lead to 13 (39-26) and senior point guard Christiana Bakolas beat the buzzer for a 15-point halftime spread.
Shooting percentages were fairly close (Bentley .462, Dowling .435) but the Falcons had 19 more attempts due to six more offensive rebounds (13-7) and only ten turnovers, nine fewer than Dowling. Bentley also doubled the visitors from three, making ten.
Senior forward Julia Koppl powered Dowling with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
No. 2 Gannon 90, Glenville State 84
GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- Brittany Batts drilled a career-high eight three-pointers while Doriyon Glass and Brianna Brennan recorded their first career double-doubles as No. 2 Gannon snapped Glenville State's 27-game home win streak Saturday night with a 90-84 victory.
Glenville State had scored 228 points while winning its opening two games after advancing to the NCAA tournament second round last season with a 111-87 victory against Shaw in the first round. The Pioneers had been unbeatable at home until Saturday night, winning 27 consecutive games at Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium dating back to a 103-94 setback against Concord on Nov. 22, 2011.
Gannon posted the big road victory with a late rally and a defensive effort that held Glenville State 30 points under its scoring average. Trailing 83-80, the Lady Knights scored 10 of the game's last 11 points during the final 2:35 of regulation.
No. 8 Central Missouri 73, No. 25 Rollins 45
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Eighth-ranked Central Missouri scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back in routing 25th-ranked Rollins 73-45 on Saturday afternoon at the Rollins Tip-off Classic at Warden Arena. With the win, the Jennies are now 4-0 on the season, including two wins against top 25-ranked teams.
Central Missouri jumped out early thanks to a pair of buckets from Revonnia Howard and a trhee by Keuna Flax. The Tars (3-1) answered back with a 6-0 run of their own to pull within a point at the first media timeout. From there, it was all Jennies. Back-to-back jumpers from Flax made it a four-point lead and after Rollins cut the deficit to two, UCM went on a 16-1 run to open a 27-10 lead with 9:47 left in the first half.
A bucket by Rollins briefly cut the lead to 15, but the Jennies ended the half on a 10-4 run and led 37-16 at the intermission. UCM shot 43 percent from the field in the first half and made 5 of 12 from three point range.
The second half got off to a sluggish start, but after RC cut the lead to 19 the Jens ran off six straight points to push the lead 25 at 45-20 with 15:16 left in the game. A 9-2 run by the Tars cut the deficit to 18 at the 9:55 mark, but the Jennies ran off 10 straight points to build their largest lead of the game at 57-29 with just under seven minutes to play in the game.
The lead never dipped below 20 the rest of the way as UCM cruised to the 28-point victory and their second win of the season against a team ranked in the top 25.
Flax led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Howard and Quinnecia Twine both finished with 12 points and Howard matched Flax with nine boards. BreAnna Lewis chipped in 10 points.
The Jens shot 40 percent from the field, 28 of 70, including 41 percent from three-point range, 11 of 27. UCM was 6 of 8 at the free throw line for 75 percent. The Jennies dished out 18 assists compared to 12 turnovers and they held a 30-12 advantage in points in the paint. The Jennies out-rebounded the Tars 57-43.
Rollins was led by Ashley Losch's 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting. The Tars shot 25 percent from the floor, 18 of 73 and made just 5 of 22 from beyond the arc for 23 percent. RC was 4 of 11 at the charity stripe for 36 percent.
No. 9 Concordia-St. Paul 73, Wisconsin-Parkside 53
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- No. 9 Concordia-St. Paul (3-2) closed out the Radisson Hotel Roseville Basketball Classic with a 73-53 win against Wisconsin-Parkside (2-2) on Saturday night at the Gangelhoff Center. Concordia hit 6 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half to build a double digit lead en route to the victory. Concordia split their two games in the tournament after dropping a game to Michigan Tech on Friday night.
Concordia scored the first five points before allowing the Rangers to score 12 of the next 14 to take a five point lead of their own with 14 minutes left in the first half. A pair of free throws a few minutes later with 12:36 remaining in the half gave UWP their largest lead of the game 17-11, but it wouldn't last. CU hit three threes over the next just over three minutes as Anika Whiting, Carissa Wolyniec and Jodi Batzel all hit one to take a 20-19 lead. The run continued as Batzel hit another three and Wolyniec hit two more to balloon the lead to 31-19 with 2:59 left in the half. Concordia forced nine straight misses for the Rangers as they went scoreless for nearly seven minutes. UW-Parkside closed the gap slightly as they went into the half down 35-25.
Wolyniec went 4-5 from the floor and 3-4 from three in the half as she scored a game-high 11 points while also collecting five boards. Jodi Batzel provided a spark off the bench with 10 points on 4-7 shooting and 2-3 from distance. The Golden Bears held the Rangers to just 31.3-percent from the field in the half and forced 10 turnovers to disrupt the UWP offense.
The Golden Bears ran away with it early in the second half as they scored 12 of 14 in the first three and a half minutes of play to extend the lead to 20. The lead would reach 26 with 12:45 left on a Whiting layup. UW-Parkside wouldn't give up, though, as they widdled the lead down to 13 with 7:27 as Gaby Bronson with a pair from the line to close out a 10-1 run. Concordia responded with nine consecutive points to effectively put the game away with a 22 point lead at 66-44 with 5:01 to go in the game. The teams traded buckets down the stretch as the Golden Bears settled with a 73-53 victory.