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DII: Lady Buffs win with 11 season-high 11 triples

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A season-high 11 triples sparked No. 7 West Texas A&M to an 81-42 victory at Angelo State Wednesday evening. With the win, the Lady Buffs improved to 12-1 on the year and 3-0 in in Lone Star Conference play, while Angelo State fell to 9-6 and 3-2 in league play.

The Lady Buffs had five players in double figures in a very balanced scoring night as senior Raven Gerald and sophomore Danielle Logan each had 15 points on five triples each, while junior Chontiquah White had 14 points. Freshman Maddison Wild had 13 points and senior San Angelo native Sally Higgins had 10 points. White led the way with eight rebounds.

WT shot 49.2 percent from the field on 32 of 65. The Lady Buffs were 11 of 27 from beyond the arc and 6 of 13 from the line. The tallied a season-high 50 rebounds in the game for a 50-26 lead on the boards and a 16-6 advantage in offensive rebounds leading to an 11-2 lead in second chance points. WT had 26 assists on the night and dominated both inside (40-18) and off turnovers with a 23-9 advantage off 18 ASU miscues. WT played 13 players in the game and held a 46-18 lead in bench points.

ASU was led by 12 points from Rochelle Norris as the lone Rambelle in double figures. WT's defense stymied the Rambelles as they shot just 27.5 percent from the field on 14 of 51. ASU was just 1 of 14 from beyond the arc and 13 of 17 from the line. It was a season-best defensively for WT in field goal shooting.

No. 1 Bentley 77, Adelphi 66

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Senior All-America forward Lauren Battista scored 19 points, pulling her to within 43 of the all-time program record, and a trio of teammates, including senior point guard Christiana Bakolas, registered double-doubles as Bentley stayed perfect with a 77-66 win against Adelphi in Northeast-10 Conference basketball Wednesday night at the Dana Center.

The teams set career-bests with 16 points and 10 rebounds, was joined on the double-double list by senior forward Jacqui Brugliera and grad student Courtney Finn.

Bentley struggled through its poorest shooting night of the year (.347 including an 0-for-10 to start), but dominated the boards (57-41) and at the line (24-11 in makes, 31-17 in attempts). The Falcons also had a major advantage in points off turnovers (20-7, including 14-0 first half) and outscored the Panthers 20-5 in second-chance points.

Adelphi, No. 2 in Division II in field-goal percentage at the start of the week (.494), was held well below that mark, finishing at .385, including just .276 percent in the first half.

No. 2 Gannon 78, Indiana (Pa.) 69

ERIE, Pa. -- Second-ranked Gannon made its return to the Hammermill Center worth the wait after nearly a month away, as the Lady Knights handed Indiana (Pa.) its third consecutive loss in a 78-69 victory on Wednesday evening. The Lady Knights improved to 6-0 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division action and 17-0 overall, while the Crimson Hawks slid to 11-4 on the season and 2-3 in divisional play.

Spending nearly a month away from their home court, the Lady Knights captured their 23rd consecutive home win, marking the fourth-longest active streak in Division II.

One point shy of a career game-high, junior Nettie Blake led the Lady Knights with 23 points, while shooting shot 8-for-12 from the field. Senior Jen Papich finished with 19 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior Mollie Sebald scored 14 second-half points to lead the Lady Knights' second-half offensive attack in a season-high 28 minutes.

The Lady Knights shot 52.1 percent (25-48) from the field. In the second half, the Lady Knights put together a solid shooting effort, hitting 60 percent (15 of 25) from the field and 66.7 percent (4 of 6) from behind the 3-point arc.

Marita Mathe led the Crimson Hawks with 13 points followed by Ashley Stoner with 12 and Leslie Stapleton with 11.

No. 3 Emporia State 80, Pittsburg State 78

EMPORIA, Kan. -- Rheanna Egli scored the final four points in the final 41 seconds to give No. 3 Emporia State an 80-78 win against Pittsburg State. With the win the Lady Hornets improved to 17-0 on the year and 8-0 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

A 7-0 run in the second half gave the Lady Hornets the biggest lead of the night at 57-48 with 12:10 remaining.  The Gorillas used an 11-5 run to pull within 68-67 with 3:26 left before Haley Parker hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to four with 3:08 remaining.  Egli beat the shot clock on a layup with 41 seconds left to give the Lady Hornets a 78-72 lead.

Brigit Hesser nailed a 3-pointer out of a timeout with 28 seconds left to pull the Gorillas to within 78-75. Cathy Brugman hit another 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining for Pitt State to tie the score at 78.  Egli was fouled with 7 seconds left and hit both free throws for an 80-78 lead. Brugman was fouled with 1.7 seconds left and missed both free throws with Desiree Wylie pulling down the last of her 13 rebounds to secure the win.

The Lady Hornets have equaled the 2003-04 team for the second-best winning streak in school history with 17 wins.

No. 4 Nova Southeastern 78, Barry 76

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern held off Sunshine State Conference border rival Barry on Wednesday night at the NSU Arena, winning 78-76 to move to 13-0 on the season.

Barry (8-5, 1-3 SSC) led throughout most of the second half and was ahead 61-55 with 7:48 left. The Sharks (13-0, 4-0 SSC), and more specifically Jasmine Wilkins, regained the lead on a 10-2 run, the first eight coming from Wilkins to tie it up. On the next Bucs' possession, her steal and outlet pass to Amanda Burakoski for a breakaway layup gave the Sharks a 65-63 lead they wouldn't relinquish, with 5:29 left.

Not that that final amount of time wasn't without drama. The Sharks went up seven on three occasions, the last coming with 1:06 left, 76-69. Barry scored the next five to cut it to two 76-74 with 12 seconds remaining. Burakoski made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a three-point game, and out of a timeout, Danielle Robinson committed a foul to put Ines Kerin of Barry on the line with seven seconds left.

Kerin made them both, shrinking the margin to one, 77-76. Barry fouled Richelle Carach, who made the first but missed the second free throw, and though Tyler Hardy of Barry got the rebound, she was unable to get a shot off before the final horn sounded as the Sharks won by two.

No. 7 Central Missouri 71, Missouri Western State 65

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- The eighth-ranked Jennies got back on the winning track, defeating visiting Missouri Western State 71-65 at the Multipurpose Building on Wednesday night.

Junior forward Revonnia Howard scored a career-best 23 points, eight of them coming in the first four minutes of the game, to push the Jennies (13-2, 7-1 MIAA) ahead early 12-2.

The Griffons (5-9, 1-7 MIAA) scored eight of the game's next 10 points to cut the UCM lead to 14-10 in the next 1:35. However, the Jennies bumped the lead back to nine courtesy of a layup by Quinnecia Twine and a three-pointer by Shelby Winkelmann with 12:34 left in the half.

Missouri Western pulled to within a basket at 20-18 with just under eight minutes left, capped off by a layup by Shamiece Lewis.

The two teams exchanged baskets over the next four possessions, putting the game at 24-22. The Jennies ended the half on a 7-2 run to take a 31-24 lead into halftime. In the first 20 minutes, UCM scored 13 points off of Missouri Western turnovers.

Out of the gate in the second half, the Griffons outscored UCM, 8-2 to cut the deficit to one at 33-32, but that was as close as MWSU came to tying the contest. The Jennies scored seven unanswered points to pull away by eight at 40-32 with 14:14 remaining in the game.

Missouri Western's Jallisa Lewis splashed a three to pull the Griffons back to within five, but UCM responded with a 10-3 stretch, led by six from Flax, who capped the run off with a three-point play, bumping the lead to a dozen.

An 8-1 run by the Griffons in the next 2:18 helped the Griffons make it a two-possession game at 51-46. The Jennies were able to hold off Missouri Western en route to a 15-9 run with 2:24 on the clock to seal the victory.

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