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DII: Drury outlasts Rockhurst in OT

KANSAS CITY -- Eighth-ranked Drury squeaked out an 84-79 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory in overtime at Rockhurst on Saturday afternoon at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse.

Hannah Dressler scored a career-high 15 points -- all in the first half -- and Amber Dvorak matched her, adding a team-high 11 rebounds, as the Lady Panthers moved to 23-2 overall and 15-2 in the GLVC.

A Rockhurst team that lost its 27th consecutive game to the Lady Panthers -- but not without a huge fight -- fell to 8-17 and 3-14.

The Hawks, who lost leading scorer Mary Derneen to a season-ending knee injury in Thursday's win against Missouri S&T, forced the Lady Panthers to overtime with a 72-all score.

But in the extra period, Drury made just enough plays late to secure the victory and avoid its first loss to Rockhurst since the inaugural 2000-01 season, when the Hawks beat Drury 72-69 in overtime in the only other extra-period meeting in the series.

Dvorak scored first, then an Annie Armstrong 3-pointer gave the Lady Panthers a five-point cushion (77-72) with 1:48 left in the extra period. The Hawks cut it again to one (80-79) on a Lauren Meyers layup with 13 seconds left, but Armstrong made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and DU forced a Rockhurst turnover before two more Armstrong free throws with one second left accounted for the final margin.

Paige Wilson added 14 points, Shelby White had 10 points and Armstrong added 10 points and seven assists for the Lady Panthers, who protected their status as the top-ranked team in the first Division II Midwest Region rankings with two wins this week.

Meyers had 26 points to lead the Hawks, while Taylor Skala added 15 points and seven assists.

Drury claimed a 45-36 advantage on the boards (including 27-16 after halftime), led by Dvorak's 11 and eight from Dressler. The Lady Panthers were plagued by 22 turnovers to just five by Rockhurst.

No. 1 Bentley 79, Stonehill 74

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Grad student Courtney Finn filled the stat sheet, finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and senior All-America forward Lauren Battista locked up the win in the final seconds as top-ranked Bentley survived its first scare of the season for a 79-74 Senior Day win against Stonehill in Northeast-10 Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

Bentley moved to within one of achieving regular season perfection with the 25-0 start (20-0 NE-10), now the second best in program history (31-0 in 1991-92). The victory was also the 750th as Falcon coach for Barbara Stevens, a milestone she achieved in just 905 games for an .829 winning percentage. Fifth on the all-time win list with 907, Stevens became only the ninth women's basketball coach to amass 750 wins at one institution.

Six different Falcons finished with eight points or more with Finn and Battista leading the way. Finn's 19 moved her past Nina Houghton into 11th on Bentley's all-time scoring list with 1,435, and Battista (15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals) pushed her school-record total to 1,930.

Caleigh Crowell followed with 12 points and a career-best five steals, and senior forward Jacqui Brugliera finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Bakolas provided nine points, five rebounds and four assists, and Gemma pitched in with eight first-half points and five rebounds off the bench.

All five starters scored in doubles for Stonehill (17-7, 14-6 NE-10) with Dixon leading the way with 16 points and six assists. She struggled through a rough shooting night (2-12) but countered that by hitting 11 of 12 from the line in a foul-plagued game.

No. 2 Colorado Mesa 82, Western State 46

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Colorado Mesa clinched the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championship on Saturday night with an 82-46 victory against the Western State Mountaineers in Brownson Arena.

The win secures Colorado Mesa's second consecutive RMAC Championship and clinched the No. 1 seed throughout the RMAC Shootout.

The Mavericks shot 44 percent (25 of 57) from the field including 39 percent (11 of 28) from behind the 3-point arc. They held the Mountaineers to just 17 percent (9 of 51) from the field and just four made baskets in the second half.

CMU led by as many as 42 points in the game and scored 20 points in the paint. They also tallied 21 points off turnovers and 16 second chance points.

Senior Sharaya Selsor, playing in her final regular season home game, finished with a game-high 29 points and five rebounds. She is just 14 points shy of tying Kelsey Sigl's single-season scoring record set just last season.

Kellie Schriebvogel led the Mountaineers with 10 points on the night.

No. 3 West Texas A&M 95, Texas A&M Commerce 51

CANYON, Texas -- A torrid second half start propelled No. 3 West Texas A&M to a 95-51 victory against visiting Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at the First United Bank Center. With the win, WT improved to 22-2 on the year and 13-1 in conference play, while TAMUC fell to 5-19 and 4-10 in league play.

WT opened the second half with a 17-2 run through the first 4:30 of the half to blow open a 46-30 lead at intermission and cruised for the win. The Lady Buffs had five players in double figures led by 15 points from senior Casey Land. Senior Sally Higgins had 14 points off the bench, while junior Chontiquah White added 13, senior Raven Gerald poured in 11 and junior Jordan Vessels had 10 off the bench.

The Lady Buffs shot an even 50 percent for the game on 33 of 66. They were 12 of 23 beyond the arc tying their season-high for makes and were 17 of 18 from the line. WT pulled down 43 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end.

TAMUC shot just 9 of 31 from the field in the second half and went 23 of 57 from the field for the game for 40.4 percent. The Lions were 1 of 9 from range and 4 of 10 from the line. The LSC's second leading scorer, Breanna Harris, had a game-high 19 points on 9 of 12 from the field and one free throw in three attempts. La'Tisha Hearne added 10 points.

No. 4 Harding 84, Arkansas-Monticello 54

SEARCY -- Fourth-ranked Hardingdefeated Arkansas-Monticello 84-54 on Saturday in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House. The Lady Bisons improved to 25-1 and 17-1 in the GAC.

With the win, the Lady Bisons won their 16th consecutive home game dating back to last season which ties the Harding record. The Lady Bisons won 16 straight from the 1995-96.

Senior forward Kristen Celsor led Harding with 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to capture her 10th double-double of the season. Celsor scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds in the first half.

Junior guard Shana Holmes had 13 points for Harding, making two 3-pointers. Junior forward Arielle Saunders shot 6-of-8 from the field and ended with 12 points. Saunders also had two blocks.

Arkansas-Monticello (6-18, 2-16 GAC) was led by sophomore forward Jordan Goforth who had 19 points.

Harding outrebounded the Cotton Blossoms 42-25. The Lady Bisons had 18 offensive boards, led by Celsor who had six.

Harding scored 56 points in the paint to Arkansas-Monticello's 20. The Lady Bisons also forced 22 turnovers and turned them into 28 points.

No. 5 Gannon 71, Pittsburgh-Johnstown 50

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Gannon concluded the regular season with a 71-50 victory against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division opponent Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center. The win marked the Lady Knights' first road-victory against the Lady Cats in program history. The Lady Knights close the regular season at 25-2 overall and 14-2 in the division, while the Lady Cats drop to 9-16 on the season and 6-9 in divisional action.

In only nine minutes of play, senior Jen Papich led the Lady Knights for the ninth game this season with 16 points off an 8-for-10 shooting performance. Papich added a rebound and a steal to her totals. Junior Nettie Blake and redshirt freshman Lanise Saunders each tallied 10 points with Saunders registering a season game-high.

The Lady Knights shot 46.8 percent (29-62) from the field in the contest, opening the game at 54.5 (18-33) percent in the first half. In the second half, 10 of their 32 points came at the foul line.

Leading the Lady Cats was Nicole Carman with 12 points off the bench. Carman added five boards to rank second on the team. Kelsey Sleighter tallied 11 points, while leading scorer Jasmine Harper only managed seven points including five turnovers.

Tampa 67, No. 6 Nova Southeastern 50

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern fell to Tampa on Saturday at the NSU Arena as the Spartans swept the season series with a 67-50 victory.

The Sharks (21-3, 11-3 SSC) held a 34-33 halftime lead but started out the second 1-for-10 from the field and were outscored 16-5 by Tampa (20-5, 13-2 SSC) during that stretch. The Spartans went up 49-39 at that point (12:18 to go), and led by at least nine the rest of the way.

That followed a first half that saw nine lead changes and the Sharks shooting 48 percent from the field and 6 of 13 from behind the arc. Conversely, after the break, the home team shot just 21.4 percent (6 of 28) overall and missed all nine of their 3-pointers.

Tampa held NSU's leading scorer coming in, Taylor Buie, scoreless on 0 of 6 shooting. The Spartans were paced by Juliana Cavallaro with a game-high 21 points. Ellen Nurmi and Illyssa Vivo each chipped in with 10, while Shamika Williams had nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Sharks had four players in double digits, scoring all but two of their season-low 50 points. Jasmine Wilkins led the way with 15 and added seven rebounds.

No. 7 Emporia State 70, Washburn 53

EMPORIA, Kan. -- Emporia State shot 50.2 percent from the field on the way to a 70-53 win against Washburn on Senior Night at White Auditorium. With the win Emporia State set up a chance to play for the MIAA Championship on Wednesday at Pittsburg State.

The Lady Hornets jumped out to an 8-2 lead and never trailed in the contest as they defeated the Ichabods for the fifth consecutive time. Emporia State led 15-7 at the under ten media timeout of the first half when they went on an 11-3 run to push the lead to double digits. Washburn would not get closer than 14 points the rest of the night as the Lady Hornets took a 38-16 lead into halftime.

Emporia State went up by as many as 25 points in the second half as they improved to 25-2 on the year and 16-2 in the MIAA.

Merissa Quick led Emporia State with 13 points and 11 rebounds as she moved into the top 25 of all-time Lady Hornet scorers. She was joined in double figures by Kionna Kellogg with 13 points and Laura Patrick with 11 points with three made three-pointers. Rheanna Egli scored eight points and dished eight assists.

No. 9 Glenville State 105, West Liberty 81

GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- Glenville State rolled to a 24-point victory on Senior Day as it defeated MEC conference foe West Liberty 105-81.

With the Lady Pioneers scoring more than 100 points they broke the NCAA record for most games in a season with at least 100 points or more as this was their 17th game with 100 points or more. The record was previously held by Hampton with 16 games with more than 100 points back in 1988.

GSC caused 23 turnovers and converted them into 28 points. The Lady Pioneers outscored West Liberty in the paint 50 to 28, they also out-rebounded West Liberty 54 to 47.

The Lady Pioneers had four players score in double figures with Kenyona Simmons scoring a game high 24 points. Tasia Bristow scored 15 points and had 2 steals in the game.

Keyanna Tate scored 11 points and grabbed a game high 14 rebounds as she finished with a double double while Ginny Mills finished with 10 points.

West Liberty was led by Emily Bucon as she finished with 18 points.

Maryville (Mo.) 73, No. 10 Quincy 71

QUINCY, Ill. -- Junior Shelby Miller hit four free throws in the final minute as Maryville toppled No. 10 Quincy 73-71. The Lady Hawks had a 3-pointer at the buzzer miss as the Saints picked up a crucial league victory. The win was the first for the Saints againts a nationally ranked team since beating No. 25 Northern Kentucky during the 2012 GLVC tournament.

Quincy scored six points in a row to forge a tie at 68-68 with 61 seconds to play. Miller was fouled and hit two free throws to give the Saints a 70-68 lead with 43 ticks remaining. Quincy missed on its next trip, Erica Lorton grabbed the rebound, and Miller hit two free throws for a 72-68 lead. Quincy's Lucy Cramsey drained a 3-pointer with five seconds to play as the Lady Hawks got to 72-71. Rita Flynn made one free throw for a two-point lead, but Quincy's 3-pointer at the buzzer misfired as the Saints held on for the upset win.

Alex Hillyer led the Saints with 17 points, while Miller finished with 16. Lorton narrowly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Lucy Cramsey led Quincy (21-4, 14-3) with 25 points and nine rebounds but was the only QU player in double figures.

The Saints improve to 17-10, 10-7 in the GLVC.