NCAA RSS http://www.ncaa.comnews/basketball-women/d2/rss.xml NCAA RSS - DII Women's Basketball en Making it their mission http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-09-20/making-it-their-mission <p><strong>MANKATO, Minn. </strong>-- Three Minnesota State players who regularly make a difference on the hardwood decided to take their work ethics to other countries this summer to invest in people all over the world. Ali Wilkinson, Lexie Ulfers and Alli Hoefer went out to impact people everywhere.<br><br>Wilkinson, a senior forward, went to Peru to tell people about Jesus, pray, play with children, pick up trash and to build shelters for homeless or abused women and children. Wilkinson went through New Creation World Outreach Church in Mankato from July 29-Aug. 22. New Creation helped Wilkinson have an experience of a lifetime and even gave her a heart to go back long-term after her senior year wraps up at Minnesota State-Mankato.</p><div class="inline-left ckfg_group"><div class="ckfg_element"><div class="widget-left"><strong><span style="font-size: 24px;">“</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">It has been a joy to watch these three young women carry themselves with integrity and class and to see the impact that they have made stretching far beyond the basketball court</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">.</span><span style="font-size: 24px;">”</span></strong><br><strong>-- </strong><strong>Emilee Thiesse, Minnesota State-Mankato head coach</strong></div></div></div><p>"I want to be a missionary," Wilkinson said. Wilkinson explained her favorite part of the trip was the children she got the opportunity to play with.<br><br>Wilkinson played in all 32 games for the Mavericks, starting 31 and led the team in points and rebounds. Wilkinson averaged 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season. Wilkinson was a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention as well as a Women's Division II Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention. Wilkinson was also named to the 2013 Daktronics Women's Basketball All-Central Region Team and to 2012-13 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team.&nbsp;<br><br>Ulfers, a junior forward, went to Allejuela, Atenas and Jaco, Costa Rica. Ulfers left Aug. 2 and came back about 10 days later but her life changed drastically in a short amount of time. Ulfers helped a woman who had opened her home to six orphans. There are many children in Costa Rica without homes and to be able to give them that love and attention they had been longing for really meant a lot to Ulfers. World Endeavors is the program Ulfers went through, as she went to gain more experience in the medical field.<br><br>"I love kids and I want to be a pediatrician," Ulfers said. Children were jumping on her back and telling her that they loved her by the end of the trip, she said. Ulfers stated the hardest part about the trip was building relationships with people and then having to leave.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Ulfers appeared in 11 games, netting 5.1 points&nbsp; and 3.4 rebounds per game. She also had 10 blocks before her season was cut short due to injury.<br><br>Senior guard Alli Hoefer went to Ghana this summer to study abroad and gain experience in a hospital to further her physical therapy education. Hoefer left May 17 and returned July 18. Gaining hands-on experience in a hospital helped give Hoefer a new perspective.</p><p>"You can't take for granted what you have," Hoefer said.</p><p>Hoefer said this experience is one of the things she will not take for granted because it allowed her to see how things worked in a different culture, with different people. The trip gave Hoefer an opportunity to have a hands-on experience and help the people in Ghana just as much as they helped her.</p><p>Hoefer started all 32 games for the Mavericks during the 2012-13 campaign and led the Mavericks with 115 assists. Hoefer netted 6.1 points per game and hauled down 3.0 rebounds per game. She connected on 40 percent of her shots from the field.</p><p>All three Mavericks said they felt as though they had been impacted and made an impact this summer. These young women are well-known at Minnesota State-Mankato for their hard work on the court, as well. Head Coach Emilee Thiesse said Wilkinson, Ulfers and Hoefer were all natural leaders for the women's basketball program on and off the court.</p><p>"They demonstrate great character and are excellent representatives of our program," Thiesse said. "As upperclassmen, they provide an outstanding example to those around them by constantly working hard and challenging themselves on the basketball court and in the classroom. It has been a joy to watch these three young women carry themselves with integrity and class and to see the impact that they have made stretching far beyond the basketball court."</p><p>On the hardwood or around the world, Wilkinson, Hoefer and Ulfers will continue to make a big difference.</p> Charles Marshall named Glenville State head women's basketball coach http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-10-11/charles-marshall-named-glenville-state-head-womens-basketba <div class="inline-left photo"><img src="/sites/default/files/legacy/images/logos/colleges/s/Asst_-Coach-Charles-Marshall-300x292.jpg"><div class="photo-caption">Marshall</div></div><div><p><strong style="">Glenville, W.Va. -- </strong>Glenville State President Dr. Peter Barr and Athletic Director Janet Bailey announce the hiring of Charles Marshall as the new GSC head Lady Pioneers basketball coach.</p><p>He replaces Bunky Harkleroad who resigned to accept the women’s basketball coaching job at Sacramento State.</p><p>Marshall was an assistant to Harkleroad during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, which included the WVIAC Conference Tournament Championship for the Lady Pioneers in 2010-11.</p><p>“I am truly blessed to have this opportunity here at Glenville State College," Marshall said. "I am excited to be back amongst friends and can’t wait to get started."</p><p>Charles is originally from Kennesaw, Ga., and has an extensive background in coaching.</p><p>As a player, Marshall enjoyed a successful prep career at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, one of the top high school programs in Kentucky.&nbsp; As a senior, he hit the game-winning shot to send his team to the state tournament. As a Berea College freshman, Marshall was a key contributor to a team that advanced to the NAIA semifinals for the only time in school history.&nbsp; After his senior season he was named KIAC 1st Team All-Conference and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American after averaging 18.3 points per game and leading the Mountaineers to another berth in the NAIA national tournament.</p><p>Coach Marshall served as an assistant coach at Berea College from 2004 to '05.</p><p>He was also recently inducted into the Berea College Athletic Hall of Fame.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div> Battista scores 18 as No. 1 Bentley pulls away in second half for win http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/case-you-missed-it/2013-11-09/battista-scores-18-no-1-bentley-pulls-away <p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/b/bentley.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">PHILADELPHIA -- </strong>Senior All-America forward Lauren Battista scored 18 points and All-Conference guard Courtney Finn, a grad student, added 14 points and a career-best nine assists as Bentley, the top-ranked team in Division II preseason, opened with an 81-68 win against 11th-ranked Holy Family in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Campus Center Gymnasium.</p><p>Bentley, coming off a 30-2 season, seized control with a 20-3 blitz during a span of five second-half minutes. That produced a 75-57 advantage with five-and-a-half minutes to play and the Falcon lead eventually peaked at 20, 81-61 with just under three minutes to play, before the Tigers scored the game's final seven points.</p><p>Battista, 10th on Bentley's all-time scoring list with 1,522 points, made 9 of 15 shots in the game and also gave the Falcons five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Finn, in addition to the near double-double in points and assists, filled the stat sheet with six rebounds and three steals.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/clayton-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 3 Clayton State 63, Florida Southern 62</strong></p><p><strong>TAMPA, Fla. --</strong> A layup by junior forward Yishica Sims with 35 seconds remaining in the game lifted No. 3 Clayton to a 63-62 victory Friday in its season opener at the Spartan Challenge hosted by Tampa.</p><p>Sims sparkled in her Laker debut, pouring in a game-high 27 points in the contest, hitting 10 of 16 shots from the field. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the game.</p><p>The game came down to the final minutes, and the Lakers pulled out the victory thanks to a few clutch baskets. Clayton State took a 61-56 lead with 3:20 remaining on a 3-pointer by Laker senior guard Bena Hanyard. Florida Southern came right back with a jumper to cut the lead to three points 61-58 on a jumper by Morgan Lamberg.</p><p>After Clayton State missed on two consecutive possessions, Florida Southern retook the lead with two consecutive baskets by Taylor Maldonado. Her second basket gave the Mocs a 62-61 lead with 58 seconds, setting up Sims' game-winning basket.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/n/nova-southeastern.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 4 Nova Southeastern 90, No. 22 Washburn 87</strong></p><p><strong>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- </strong>Nova Southeastern had four players in double digits and held off No.22 Washburn in Saturday's season opener in the Tipoff Classic at the NSU Arena 90-87.</p><p>The Sharks (1-0), who overcame an 11-point first-half deficit and trailed by five points at the half, went ahead for the final time with 10:30 to go. They overcame being outrebounded by nearly double in the first 20 minutes (25-13), flip-flopping the category after the break, 25-14.</p><p>Richelle Carach set a career high with 19 points, on 7 of 9 shooting, despite picking up her fourth foul with 19:35 to go. She also had seven rebounds.</p><p>Danielle Robinson had 16 points, Amanda Burakoski chipped in with 11 off the bench, and Jasmine Wilkins, in her first game since the 2011-12 season, scored the game's first basket and had the sixth double-double of her career with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/e/emporia-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 5 Emporia State 67, Cal State East Bay 53 </strong></p><p><strong>ANAHEIM, Calif. -- </strong>Emporia State got 19 points from Merissa Quick as all nine player suited up scored at least five points each in a 67-53 win against Cal State East Bay on Saturday night.</p><p>Emporia State scored the first four points of the game nad never trailed as they improved to 2-0 on the season.</p><p>The Lady Hornets outrebounded the Pioneers 46-31 on the night as Kionna Kellogg, Kelly Moten and Desiree Wylie each had seven boards.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/s/stonehill.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 7 Stonehill 82, Barry 64</strong></p><p><strong>DAVIE, Fla. --</strong> Stonehill opened its 2013-14 season with an 82-64 victory against Barry on Day One of the 2013 NSU Sharks Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Nova Southeastern.</p><p>Junior Amy Pelletier led five Stonehill players in double-figures with a career-high 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, to lead a Skyhawks team that hit 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) of its 3-pointers on the day while dishing out three assists. Classmate Tori Faieta added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including her lone 3-point attempt and connecting on both free-throw attempts to go with three rebounds.</p><p>Senior Mary Louise Dixon dished out a game-high 10 assists and snared four rebounds with her two points making her the 27th player in Stonehill history to reach 1,000 points for her career. Freshman Kelly Martin led three Skyhawks with 10 points and she made all three of her shots from the field, including a pair of 3's, and both free-throws to go with a game-high six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench in her collegiate debut.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/central-mo.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 8 Central Missouri 96, Minnesota State-Mankato 88</strong></p><p><strong>WARRENSBURG, Mo. --</strong> In the first top-25 season-opening matchup for Central Missouri, the eighth-ranked Jennies defeated No. 23 Minnesota State-Mankato 96-88 at the Multipurpose Building on Saturday night.</p><p>Keuna Flax led the Jennies with 30 points (15 in first half) and added seven boards in 36 minutes of action. BreAnna Lewis added 20, while Shelby Winkelmann added 15 in her first game back since Dec. 18 of last season.</p><p>The Jennies shot 46 percent from the field (31 of 66) and went 7 of 19 from beyond the 3-point arc (36 percent). They outscored Minnesota State, 36-31 in the paint and added 13 second-chance points to the Mavericks' two.</p><p>Aubrey Davis was Minnesota State's leader scorer with 20, with five other Mavericks scoring a dozen points. Minnesota State held a 30-20 advantage in bench points.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/concordia-st-paul.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Concordia-St. Paul 68, Pittsburg State 62</strong></p><p>ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Golden Bears (2-0) defeated Pittsburg State (1-1) 68-62 in the CCA Tip-Off Classic on Saturday night. Concordia-St. Paul built a large lead late in the first half and didn't trail again as CU improved to 2-0 on the young season. Ameshia Kearney and Amanda Barton led the way with 14 points and Kionda Nicks chipped in 11 for the Golden Bears.</p><p>Despite shooting only 29.6 percent from the floor in the second half, the Golden Bears were able to lock down defensively and hold the Gorillas to 31 percent shooting in the half and 30.9 percent for the game. Pittsburg State was also able to win the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Golden Bears 46-33 for the game but it wasn't enough.</p><p>Lizzy Jeronimus made a huge impact for the Gorillas with a game-high 22 points and eight boards, going 12-13 from the free throw line. Alexa Bordewick and Alex Muff joined her in double-digits in scoring with 12 and 10, respectively.</p><p>All-American Anika Whiting had a quiet night with eight points on 2-10 shooting and one rebound. Amanda Barton picked up the slack off the bench by shooting 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from three en route to her 14 points. Kearney also had an solid day shooting, hitting 5-9 shots and 4-6 from beyond the arc. Nicks also hit 5-7 from the field.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/m/midwestern-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"> Adams State 64, No. 10 Midwestern State 56</strong></p><p><strong>ALAMOSA, Colo. -- </strong>Adams State started and finished strong to deal 10th-ranked Midwestern State its first loss of the season 64-56 Saturday night in the finale of the Bankers Classic Challenge at Plachy Hall.</p><p>First-half foul difficulties allowed the Grizzlies (2-0) to race out to a 30-20 lead with about four minutes left in the first half before the Mustangs reeled off a 9-0 to claw to within a point as ASU led by five at the break.</p><p>The Grizzlies limited MSU to a 34 percent shooting night after the Mustangs connected at a 45.3 percent clip with seven treys in a season-opening win against Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday.</p><p>Midwestern briefly led by a point early in the second half, but was unable to sustain the momentum as Adams State methodically expanded the lead back into double figures with five minutes to play.</p><p>Junior forward Andrea Carter paced the Mustangs with 13 points and eight rebounds while junior guard Dianna Jones pitched 12 points. Junior guard Shatoia Gober and senior guard Kirsti Degelia pitched in eight and seven points, respectively.</p><p>Junior forward Michelle Blanton splashed in 15 points to pace the Grizzlies and was joined in double figures by junior guard Desiree Anderson (13 points) and junior forward Alyssa Palma (12 points). Freshman guard Emilie Klint pitched in nine.</p> No. 4 Nova Southeastern knocks off second ranked opponent in two days http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-10/no-4-nova-southeastern-knocks-second-ranked-opponent-two <p><strong>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –</strong> Fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern defeated its second top-25 opponent in as many days at the season-opening Tipoff Classic, topping No. 7 Stonehill on Sunday afternoon at the NSU Arena 96-77.</p><p>The Sharks (2-0) were led by Richelle Carach, who set a career high in points for the second consecutive game, and point guard Jessica Russi, who broke her own school record in assists. After scoring 19 on Saturday versus No. 22 Washburn, Carach had 20 Sunday while tying her career high with 13 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Russi eclipsed her mark of 12 assists set last season against Palm Beach Atlantic, and also added 10 points.</p><p>In all, there were six players in double digits for the Sharks: Carach, Taylor Buie with 17, 13 from Amanda Burakoski, 12 from Danielle Robinson, 11 by Molly Blomer and Russi's 10.</p><p>NSU shot 63.3 percent from the field in the second half and 55.7 percent overall, and outrebounded the Skyhawks (1-1), 42-27. It held the visitors to only one offensive rebound in the first half of play.</p><p>"We played well together this weekend and put a lot of points on the board," NSU head coach LeAnn Freeland said. "Our offense looks good and it is evident our players have played together for a few years."</p><p>Early on, the game was back and forth, and a layup by Stonehill's Casey McLaughlin tied things up at 15-15 at the 8:09 mark. The Sharks then exploded for a 14-1 run during the next three minutes, including five points from Russi and four from Carach.</p><p>The Skyhawks weren't able to cut it down to single digits again until 1:01 left, 40-32, and trailed the Sharks by seven at the half 45-38. Carach already had 14 points and eight rebounds at that point.</p><p>"Everyone is excited to see Riki playing so well," Freeland said. "She totally committed herself to fitness and basketball over the summer, and her production these two games is a testament to her hard work and focus."</p><p>NSU would lead by eight at the least and 21 at the most in the second half. Buie hit three 3-pointers after the break, leading to 14 of her 17 points. In addition, she set a new career high in the game with seven assists.</p> Texas A&M-International downs No. 10 Midwestern State behind Chacon http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-13/texas-am-international-downs-no-10-midwestern-state-behind <p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/m/midwestern-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- </strong>Texas A&amp;M International's Samantha Chacon ripped the nets for 25 points to lead the red-hot shooting Dustdevils to an 84-75 win against 10th-ranked Midwestern State on Tuesday night.</p><p>Texas A&amp;M-International buried the Mustangs with a 27-2 run which included a 19-2 burst before intermission after a Kirsti Degelia three-pointer. The shot gave the Mustangs a brief 28-27 lead with 5:15 to go in the opening half.</p><p>TAMIU's Tina Dang, who finished with 14 points and three three-pointers off of the bench, hit a pair of treys before the end of the half and Chacon added a triple and a transition layup to give the Dustdevils a 46-30 edge at the break.</p><p>A&amp;M International shot 55.2 percent in the opening half including a six-of-10 clip from the arc then scored the first eight points of the second half to extend the advantage to 54-30 before Skyler Warrick connected on a pair of free throws to stem the tide momentarily.</p><p>TAMIU's Jessica Woo scored seven points in a two-minute stretch to help the Dustdevils earn their largest lead of the night at 65-37 with 14:50 to play.</p><p>The Mustangs battled back to slice the lead into single digits using a 12-1 run to pull within 76-67 on a Lisa Hampton jumper with 1:44 to play, but that's as close as the Mustangs would get.</p> Finn leads Bentley to win in first NE-10 game, beats Saint Anselm http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-13/finn-leads-bentley-win-first-ne-10-game-beats-saint-anselm <p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/b/bentley.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>MANCHESTER, N.H. -- </strong>Grad student Courtney Finn scored a team-best 16 points, senior All-America forward Lauren Battista followed with 14 and the bench chipped in with 40 as Bentley, the No. 1 team in Division II, rolled to an 89-58 win against Saint Anselm in Northeast-10 Conference action in Wednesday night at Stoutenburgh Gym.</p><p>It was the conference-opener for both teams with Bentley, the three-time defending Northeast-10 champion improving to 3-0 and Saint Anselm dropping its first in three games under first-year coach Julie Plant.</p><p>Finn was the only Falcon to play more than 20 minutes and she achieved her 16 points, along with a team-best eight rebounds, in 24. Battista made six of nine shots and also provided six rebounds, Caleigh Crowell's night included eight points, and Christiana Bakolas had eight assists in her return to her home state.</p><p>The bench contributions included 10 points by sophomore guard Jane White and nine from Jen Gemma, who also had seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.</p><p>Senior forward Briana Jones powered Saint Anselm with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.</p><p>Bentley outshot the Hawks 89-58 and dominated the boards 50-31. The Falcons connected on five more threes (8-3), enjoyed a 44-16 advantage in points in the paint and were a plus-12 in points off turnovers.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/g/gannon.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 2 Gannon 80, Walsh 68</strong></p><p><strong>ERIE, Pa. -- </strong>Senior Jen Papich, junior Brittany Batts and junior Nettie Blake each finished with 15 points, as No. 2 Gannon opened the season with an 80-68 win against Walsh at the Hammermill Center on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Lady Knights have captured a victory in five consecutive home openers. The Lady Knights improve to 1-0 overall, while the Cavaliers drop to 2-1 on the season.</p><p>Papich and Blake each recorded a double-double, collecting 10 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Papich led the team with two steals and two blocks. Batts also recorded 15 points, all off three-pointers, while collecting two rebounds. Senior Kelley Sundberg scored nine points with a team-high eight assists. Redshirt junior Doriyon Glass tallied seven points including three rebounds. As a team, Gannon shot 46.2 percent from the field and 37.0 from a distance, while also controlling the glass by a count of 37-32.</p><p>Walsh was led by Kelsey Funderburgh with a team-high 22 points and four rebounds in the loss. Jalynn Graham added 18 to the Cavaliers' total, also sharing a team-high six rebounds. The Cavaliers shot 44.2 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point land.</p> Central Missouri downs Florida Tech 73-57 in Rollins Tipoff Classic http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-15/central-missouri-downs-florida-tech-73-57-rollins-tipoff <p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/central-mo.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>WINTER PARK, Fla. --</strong>&nbsp;Central Missouri ran its early season record to 3-0 with a 73-57 win against Florida Tech on Friday afternoon at the Alfond Sports Center.</p><p>It was a back-and-forth battle in the early going with neither team able to seize control. The Jennies (3-0) grabbed the early advantage with a 13-9 lead on buckets from Keuna Flax and BreAnna Lewis, but Florida Tech (1-2) responded with a 9-0 run to grab an 18-13 lead midway through the first half.</p><p>The Jens pulled back to within a point before the Panthers scored four consecutive to push the lead to 24-19 with 4:10 left in the first half. A pair of free throws from Flax and a 3-pointer from Lewis tied the game and UCM closed the half on an 11-2 run to led 30-26 at the intermission.</p><p>The Jens quickly pushed the lead to seven out of the break, but Florida Tech got a three from Kayk Wilson to pull within 33-29. An 8-0 by Central Missouri pushed the lead to 12 at 41-29 with 16:54 left in the game. The Jennies were able to push the lead to 13 with 14:30 to play, but the Panthers responded with another run. A 7-0 spurt by FIT cut the UCM lead to six with just under 12 minutes to play in the game.</p><p>Justina Prairie Chief hit a three to stop the run and start an 11-4 spurt for the Jens that pushed the lead back to 13 at 58-45 with 8:53 left in regulation. The lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way as Central Missouri would close the game on an 8-2 run to claim the 16-point win.</p><p>Flax led UCM with 20 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Lewis had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Shelby Winkelmann added 17 points.</p> Finn posts 20, 10 boards as top-ranked Bentley beats No. 16 Dowling http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-16/finn-posts-20-10-boards-top-ranked-bentley-beats-no-16 <p><strong>WALTHAM, Mass.</strong> -- 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Senior forward Julia Koppl powered Dowling with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/g/gannon.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 2 Gannon 90, Glenville State 84</strong></p><p><strong>GLENVILLE, W.Va.</strong> -- 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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/central-mo.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 8 Central Missouri 73, No. 25 Rollins 45</strong></p><p><strong>WINTER PARK, Fla. </strong>-- 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/concordia-st-paul.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 9 Concordia-St. Paul 73, Wisconsin-Parkside 53</strong></p><p><strong>ST. PAUL, Minn. </strong>-- 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.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; The teams traded buckets down the stretch as the Golden Bears settled with a 73-53 victory.</p> No. 2 Gannon tops California (Pa.) to open PSAC action at home http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-20/no-2-gannon-tops-california-pa-open-psac-action-home <p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/g/gannon.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">ERIE, Pa. --</strong>&nbsp;Gannon relied on four starters reaching double digits to top the California (Pa.) Vulcans 73-64 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference home-opener at the Hammermill Center on Wednesday evening. The Lady Knights improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC West, while the Vulcans fell to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in West Division action.</p><p>Junior Brittany Batts led the Lady Knights with 19 points, while tying a career game-high five steals. Batts night was highlighted at the free-throw line, as the junior went a perfect 10-for-10. Senior Jen Papich added 14 points to go along with six rebounds and a season-high three blocks. Senior Kelley Sundberg posted season-bests off 13 points and five rebounds. Rounding out the Lady Knights' starters in double-digits was junior Nettie Blake, tallying 12 points and four rebounds.</p><p>Leading California (Pa.) was Miki Glenn and Elena Antonenko. Glenn scored 13, going 3-for-4 from the distance, while Antonenko finished with 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds.</p><p>On the glass, the two teams pulled in 37 rebounds each. Papich and junior Mollie Sebald tied for the team-high with six rebounds.&nbsp;</p> Chico State rides Annie Ward's hot hand to 68-44 win http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2013-11-22/chico-state-rides-annie-wards-hot-hand-68-44-win <p><strong>ROHNERT PARK</strong> -- Last season, junior guard Annie Ward connected for 29 3-point field goals, but with teammates Jazmine Miller and Hannah Womack combining for 106 treys, Ward was frequently overshadowed in any Wildcats' long-distance discussion. That was not the case Friday afternoon in Rohnert Park, as Ward came off the bench to bury five treys and score a game-high 24 points in the 'Cats' 68-44 victory against Notre Dame de Namur to open the Sonoma State-hosted Elsie Darling Classic.</p><p>Chico State, ranked No. 9 in the nation, improved to 3-0 with Friday's win and ran its all-time record against Notre Dame de Namur to a perfect 17-0. The Argonauts dropped their fourth consecutive decision on the young season to drop to 1-4 overall.</p><p>Ward hit nine of 11 shots from the field – and five of seven from beyond the arc – to finish just one point shy of her career high of 25. Womack nailed a trey and chipped in with 10 points on the afternoon, while Miller scored nine, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out three assists. Analise Riezebos added eight points and grabbed 10 boards; McKenzie Dalthorp chimed in with eight points and five rebounds, with Michelle Walker coming off the bench to haul in nine rebounds. Junior transfer Sarah Rebibo dished out a team-high six assists, with Courtney Hamilton doling out five.</p><p>Chico State shot 42.9 percent as a team Friday, and held Notre Dame de Namur to just 28.8 percent shooting in the contest.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wildcats opened the game by jumping out to an early 9-5 lead, with Womack supplying a 3-point basket, a three-point play and a pair of free throws. Notre Dame de Namur knotted up the contest at nine apiece, but the Chico State defense stiffened and held the Argonauts to just two buckets in the next 10 minutes. That gave Chico State the opportunity to build an imposing double-digit lead – Ward connected for two 3-pointers and tallied 10 points in the 'Cats' 22-4 run to make the score 31-13. The Wildcats then went through a cold spell of their own, netting just four points in the final six minutes of the period and went into the locker room having to be content with a 35-20 halftime advantage.<br><br>Notre Dame de Namur cut the deficit to 11 early in the second half, but with the score 37-26, Chico State effectively put the game away with a 17-7 run, highlighted by a pair of layups by Miller and Walker and punctuated by a Ward 3-pointer to put the 'Cats up 54-33. Two more treys by Ward and layups by Dalthorp and Riezebos ballooned Chico State's advantage to 66-36 with seven minutes to play, and the 'Cats would go on to cruise to a 24-point victory – a jumper by Rebibo wrapped up the Chico State scoring in the 68-44 final.</p>