LOWELL, Mass. – Bentley University, the No. 2-ranked team in the national Division II women's basketball preseason coaches poll, pulled away from Felician College for a 76-42 non-conference victory on Sunday afternoon at Costello Athletic Center. The game completed both teams' two-day stay at the Northeast-10 Conference/Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Challenge, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Bentley (2-0) led, 35-21, at halftime, then scored the first five points of the second half. Barnette produced the game's next six points to pull the Golden Falcons within 40-27 with 16:01 to play, but Felician would get no closer. Leading 44-30 at the 14:23 mark, Bentley embarked on a 22-6 run over the next eight minutes. The final 34-point margin was the Falcons' largest lead of the day.
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, MA) topped Bentley with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bentley owned a 52-31 rebounding advantage, including 24-10 on the offensive glass, and outscored Felician, 23-7, at the foul line. The Golden Falcons were held to 31-percent shooting and committed 30 turnovers.
Felician (0-2) scored the first four points of the game, but Bentley fired back with the next 13. The Golden Falcons countered with six straight points to pull within 13-10, but never got that close again, as the Falcons responded with a 9-0 spurt for a 22-10 advantage with 7:01 to play in the half.
Jac'Quel Saunders (Trenton, NJ) finished with eight points and five rebounds for Felician.