basketball-women-d2 flag | January 3, 2014

Strong second half lifts Gannon past East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- For the first time this season, No. 2 Gannon trailed an opponent at the end of the first half. The one-point lead held by the host East Stroudsburg Warriors heading into the break was not enough, as the Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 67-48 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crossover play on Friday afternoon at the Koehler Fieldhouse. The Lady Knights improve to 13-0 on the season, while the Warriors even out at 6-6.

Three Lady Knights reached double digits with junior Nettie Blake leading the way with 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Mollie Sebald finished the day with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior Brittany Batts scored 11 points including three tallies from beyond the arc.

The Warriors were led by Allison Howard with 12 points and eight rebounds. Ryann Fiascki followed with 11 points.

Gannon forced East Stroudsburg into 28 turnovers, the most caused against a PSAC opponent. The Lady Knights only recorded 14 giveaways leading to only six points. The Lady Knights turned the Warriors' turnovers into 34 points.

No. 1 Bentley 72, Bridgeport 42

WALTHAM, Mass. -- All-Region grad student Courtney Finn finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year, and senior All-America forward Lauren Battista matched her in the scoring column, as Bentley returned from a holiday break to post a 72-42 win against Bridgeport in non-conference play Friday night at the Dana Center.

Bentley, the season-long number one in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division II coaches' poll, improved to 12-0 with the victory the 894th career for coach Barbara Stevens. Bridgeport slipped to 3-8 overall after being held to 21 percent shooting and outscored 38-14 in the paint.

No. 6 Drury 97, St. Joseph's (Ind.) 65

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kylie Williamson scored a career-high 29 points and Sanayika Shields set a Drury record with her fifth consecutive double-figure rebounding game as the No. 6 Lady Panthers rolled to a 97-65 Great Lakes Valley Conference win against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Friday night.

The Lady Panthers improved to 10-0 under first-year coach Steve Huber, becoming the first team in the program's 14-year history to win its first 10 games. And ironically, it came with former DU coach Steve Harold - who led the Lady Panthers to two GLVC titles and five NCAA DII tournament appearances in his six years - on the other bench.

But Drury's most impressive numbers besides the final ones on the scoreboard - the Lady Panthers had a whopping 58-24 rebounding advantage, setting a single-game team record for boards (breaking the old mark of 56 set against Panhandle State in 2003).

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