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DII Roundup: Edinboro takes down Gannon

EDINBORO, Pa. -- In one of the biggest wins of head coach Stan Swank's career, Edinboro handed No. 2 Gannon its first loss of the season 75-72 in overtime at McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Scots extended their winning streak to seven games while improving to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in the PSAC West. Gannon dropped to 17-1 and 6-1, respectively.

The game featured seven ties and 12 lead changes in a back-and-forth affair between the top two teams in the PSAC West. Gannon's largest lead was eight points and last led by that amount up 16-8 with 13:14 left in the first half. Edinboro's largest lead was three points, which it held with 5:20 remaining in the first half (24-21) and for the final 17 seconds of the game, 75-72.

Senior guard Darche' Jackson led the game with a season-high 22 points. She was 9-for-14 from the field including 2-for-3 on 3-pointers. She also added five assists and three rebounds. Laurel Lindsay finished with 15 points and led the team with a season-high seven assists. Majewski had 10 points and led the team with six rebounds. Lauren Hippo and Katie Collins were each vital off the bench. Hippo played a career-high 31 minutes and scored 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers. Collins also played a career-high in minutes (18) and finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting and a season-high three steals.

The Lady Knights were led by Nettie Blake,  who finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She shot 6-for-10 from the field and went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Jen Papich was the only other Gannon player to score in double-digits, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting. She added six rebounds. Brittany Batts, the top 3-point shooter in the PSAC, went just 1-for-4 from the floor and 1-for-3 from distance to finish with just three points.

No. 1 Bentley 84, American International 46

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Graduate student Courtney Finn buried a school-record eight 3-pointers, in only nine attempts, and finished with a career-high 25 points as undefeated and top-ranked Bentley rolled to an 84-46 win against American International in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Butova Gym.

Finn's eight 3-pointers bettered the school record she shared with three others by one. She had knocked down seven in last year's season-opener against Holy Family. It also moved her into a tie for fifth with current assistant coach C White on Bentley's all-time list with 164.

Bentley, which buried a season-best 12 3s as a team while posting its largest winning margin of the year, improved to 16-0 overall and 11-0 in the Northeast-10.

Lauren Battista scored her 16 on 6 of 9 shooting and also provided seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman forward Jen Gemma also scored in doubles, coming off the bench to make 5-of-6 shots en route to 15 points.

Bentley shot .475 overall, including .548 during a 50-point second half, and limited the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 4-6 NE-10) to 31 percent. The Falcons outrebounded AIC by six, 43-37, and committed only seven turnovers, five fewer than AIC. Those advantages enabled the visitors to outscore the Jackets 29-8 in second-chance points and 17-9 off turnovers.

No. 4 Nova Southeastern 63, No. 13 Rollins 60

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern overcame another large second-half deficit, the second in as many games, in defeating the No. 13 Rollins Tars on Saturday at the NSU Arena 63-60.

Taylor Buie led the victorious Sharks with 14 points. Though she failed to hit a 3-pointer on Saturday (and had hit at least two in every game this season), she made all six of her field goals at the rim, on just nine attempts. Jasmine Wilkins had a double-double with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting and added 11 rebounds, and Robinson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Amanda Burakoski added nine points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

Rollins had four in double digits: Sarah Taylor (16), Sarah Blackburn (13), Emmalee Schill (12) and Tanaya Jones (11). Jones added six steals among the team's 14, and also had five assists.

Though the Tars outrebounded the Sharks 42-38 (including 17 on the offensive end) and forced 19 NSU turnovers, Rollins fell in large part because their last field goal came with 6:08 left. The Tars missed their last six shots from the field, as well as two free throws, and had three turnovers, including one on their only offensive rebound during that stretch.

No. 5 Colorado Mesa 73, Western State 49

GUNNISON, Colo. -- Colorado Mesa led 36-25 at halftime, but used a 20-2 run to start the second half en route to a 73-49 win against the Western State Mountaineers in Paul Wright Gym.

The Mavericks, ranked fifth in this week's WBCA poll, shot 47.3 percent (26 of 55) from the field, including 34.6 percent (9 of 26) from behind the 3-point line.

Sharaya Selsor tied for the game-high lead with 26 points and added three assists. Selsor tied a season and career-high with five made three-pointers.

During the Mavericks 20-2 run, Leanndra Gilbert provided the biggest spark off the bench. She had a season-high 10 points, eight of those in the run. She finished with three rebounds as well.

Colorado Mesa continued to dominate on the defensive end, limiting Western State to 36.4 percent (20 of 55) from the field and just 20 percent (3 of 15) from behind the 3-point line.

The Mavericks forced 21 Mountaineer turnovers that led to 22 points.

No. 6 Harding 73, Arkansas-Monticello 64

MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Sixth-ranked Harding went on a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the second half to seal a 73-64 Great American Conference win against Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday. The Lady Bisons improved to 17-0 on the season and 9-0 in the GAC.

The win gave Harding its seventh consecutive road victory, which broke the previous record of six, which was done twice during the 1996-97 season.

With 7:07 left to play in the game, Arkansas-Monticello tied the game at 55 on a free throw by sophomore guard Tamia Grady. Harding then went on a 10-0 run during the next five minutes to take a 65-55 lead with 2:02 left. The Lady Bisons held the Cotton Blossoms to 0 of 5 shooting during the run. Harding knocked down 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

Harding was led by junior guard Shana Holmes who had 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Senior forward Kristen Celsor captured her 14th double-double of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard A'ndrea Haney had 11 points, hitting 7 of 8 free throws.

Junior forward Arielle Saunders also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also scored her 700th career point in the game. Saunders and Celsor (1,339) are the only two active Lady Bisons to have scored more than 700 points. Saunders also picked up her 200th career offensive rebound as four of her rebounds came on the offensive end.

No. 7 West Texas A&M 82, Texas A&M-Kingsville 47

CANYON, Texas -- Seventh-ranked West Texas A&M won its sixth consecutive game with a 82-47 victory Saturday afternoon at the First United Bank Center against visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville. With the win, WT improved to 13-1 on the year and 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play, while TAMUK fell to 6-9 and 1-4 in league play.

In front of a season-high 1,848 fans, the Lady Buffs had four players in double figures led by senior Devin Griffin as she was 7 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from the line with five rebounds and five steals. Senior Lacee Logan chipped in 12 points with a team-high three triples, while junior Chontiquah White and sophomore Danielle Logan each had 10 points.

WT shot an even 50 percent from the field on 30 of 60. The Lady Buffs were 8 of 22 from beyond the arc and 14 of 23 from the line. They pulled down 42 rebounds and forced TAMUK into 28 turnovers and tallied 17 steals.

The Javelinas has one player in double figures as Lauren Jay tallied 14 points on 7 of 11 from the field and a game-high eight rebounds. TAMUK shot just 29.1 percent from the field on 16 of 55. It was 5 of 19 from beyond the arc and 10 of 16 from the line.

No. 8 Central Missouri 67, Northwest Missouri State 62

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Central Missouri came out victorious 67-62 at Northwest Missouri State in a game that was decided in the final minute at Bearcat Arena on Saturday. The Jennies (14-2, 8-1 MIAA) earned their ninth win in 10 games, despite losing forward Keuna Flax to injury with 13:55 left in the game.

BreAnna Lewis scored a team-high 21 points. Junior Revonnia Howard set a new career-best with 17 rebounds to go along with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor. Shelby Winkelmann added 13 with an assist and a steal.

The Jennies are now 6-2 on the road.

No. 9 Delta State 57, Union (Tenn.) 51

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- Defense was the story on Saturday at Sillers Coliseum as No. 9 Delta State claimed a 57-51 victory against Union (Tenn.). The Lady Statesmen (13-1, 8-0 GSC) held the Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 5-3 GSC) to 30.2 percent from the floor and 18 points below their season average of 69.0 per game. The victory opens up a three-game lead for the Lady Statesmen in the Gulf South Conference standings.

Seneca Walton picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Chelsey Rhodes finished with 11 points and three free throws in the final minutes of the game to help preserve the win. She also pulled down three rebounds and handed out four assists.

Rhandi Ball had nine points and seven boards. Anissa Jackson had five with Shanae Govan finishing with four points and five rebounds.

Astrid Huttemann led all Lady Bulldogs with 14 points. McLaughlin added 13 points with Amy Philamlee scoring 10.

No. 10 Drury 94, William Jewell 74

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Amber Dvorak scored a career-high 30 points to lead four in double-figures as No. 10 Drury rolled to a 94-74 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory against William Jewell on Saturday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

Dvorak, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Minnesota, hit 11 of 17 shots and 8 of her 9 free throws while playing a career-high 28 minutes in her first start for the short-handed Lady Panthers. Drury's roster was reduced to eight available players with the absence of leading scorer Kylie Williamson (illness).

Sanayika Shields and Bethanie Funderburk added 14 points each and Shelby White had 11 points and a career-best eight assists for the Lady Panthers (14-1, 6-1 in the GLVC), who equaled last season's win total with Saturday's triumph.

William Jewell fell to 8-7 and 3-4. Hayli Jo Smith had 17 points to lead William Jewell, which saw leading scorer Chelsea Meeks held to just seven points on 2 of 9 shooting.