14 Lauren Battista
14 Lauren Battista
Height: 6-0
Year: So.
Hometown: North Easton, Mass.
High School: Oliver Ames
Position: F

Career Highlights

Talented six-foot forward whose sophomore year was highlighted by selection as both a WBCA Division II All-America and a Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® (second team) … became only the second player in the program’s history to achieve both those honors, joining Kim Penwell, and also just the second to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore (Lauren Fuller) … 15.1 career scoring average is third best in school history, trailing only Alison Fay (17.4) and Cathy Gallant (15.2) … on Bentley’s all-time lists, also ranks sixth in free throw percentage (.798), seventh in field goal percentage (.532) and minutes per game (29.9) and 11th in rebounds per game (7.0) … will enter junior year with 1,026 points and 474 rebounds … Bentley was 50 games over .500 during her first two seasons with back-to-back Elite Eight trips and four Northeast-10 championships (two regular season, two playoff) … exceptional student with a grade point average exceeding 3.9.

2011-12 Season

Had one of the greatest years ever by a Bentley women’s basketball player as she became only the second Falcon to achieve both WBCA Division II All-America and Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America (second team) honors … a multitude of honors also included team MVP and team’s Scholar-Athlete Award, Northeast-10 Player of the Year, Daktronics Division II East Region Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Division II East Regional,  MVP of the Northeast-10 playoffs and the NE-10 Sport Excellence Award for women’s basketball … also earned All-America honors from Daktronics (first team) and Women’s Division II Bulletin … became only the fourth player in NE-10 history to win multiple MVP awards and only the eighth to be both MVP and POY in the same year … led Falcons in scoring (16.8, sixth best in NE-10), rebounds (7.2), field goal percentage (.525), free throws made and attempted (148-182) and free throw percentage (.813) … 587 points was the fifth most in Bentley annals …  led NE-10 in total points and field goals, and is second in FTM … only NE-10 player to average 16+ points, 6+ rebounds and 2.5+ assists … also the only one to shoot at least .500 from field and .810 from line … honors also included first-team All-Northeast-10 and Daktronics Division II East Region, as well as Academic All-Northeast-10 … Northeast-10 Player of the Week for week ending Jan. 1 … 10 appearances on the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll … 21 points vs. Holy Family in East Region final included 18, on 8-of-8 shooting, in the second half … also had 13 rebounds in that game … posted consecutive double-doubles Nov. 12-13 in the NE-10/CACC Challenge … had 19 points and 10 rebounds against Holy Family and 17 and 10 vs. Felician … 23 points at Saint Anselm Nov. 27 tied career-high at the time … 21 points in win at #12 Franklin Pierce Dec. 7 … had third double-double of season (14p, 14r) Dec. 10 at Stonehill … set new career-best with 26 points at C.W. Post Dec. 18 … MVP of Bridgeport Holiday Classic after two double-doubles in which she averaged 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists … career-high 29 points, 12 rebounds, six assists Dec. 30 vs. Bridgeport … 22 points vs. Assumption Jan. 3 included 10-10 FT … 24 points vs. Pace Jan. 7  … five straight 20-point games from Dec. 18-Jan. 7 … made game-winning basket with 5.5 seconds left in 54-53 win at Southern NH Feb. 11 … 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists vs. Franklin Pierce Feb. 14 … 20 points, four steals and two blocks in NE-10 final vs. Southern Connecticut … 18 points, nine rebounds in Elite Eight quarterfinal win against Wayne State (Neb.) … reached the 1,000-point milestone in that contest …  made at least two-thirds of her FGA 12 times … 31st in Division II in FG percentage.

2010-11 Season

Third-team All-Northeast-10 selection who averaged 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists … started 32 of 33 games … led team and was third in NE-10 in field goal percentage (.541) … 439 points was third highest ever by a Bentley freshman … also led team in steals (51) and field goals made (170) … second on team in points and rebounds behind classmate Jacqui Brugliera, and also second in minutes (30.2 average) … Women’s Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team … also named to Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team … four-time Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week … selected for that honor Nov. 29 (11 ppg, 5.5 rpg, .625 fg pct), Dec. 13 (20 pts, 7 rebs vs. Stonehill), Jan. 24 (20 ppg, 9 rpg, 5 apg, .800 fg pct) and Feb. 14 (19.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 4.5 apg) … 10-plus points 24 times, with five 20-point games … two of her five double-doubles came in NCAA regional with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. C.W. Post and 10 points and 11 rebounds against Assumption … also had double-doubles against Dowling, St. Michael’s and Adelphi … highs of 23 points against Saint Anselm Feb. 8 and 13 rebounds at St. Michael’s … Most Valuable Player of Northeast-10 playoffs after averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists with a .636 field goal percentage … in addition to being number three in NE-10 in field goal percentage, was 11th in free throw percentage, 12th in offensive rebounds, 13th in scoring and 14th in rebounds.

Before Bentley

2010 graduate of Oliver Ames High School where she capped off an outstanding career by winning the Division II state championship and earning the prestigious Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year award, which “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court” … helped the Tigers to 2009 Division II South Sectional semis and two Hockomock League championships (2009, 2010) … Oliver Ames’ all-time leading scorer with 1,667 points and Female Senior Athlete of the Year … list of accolades included Boston Globe Super Team, Boston Herald Dream Team, Brockton Enterprise Player of the Year and Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year … was a four-time Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic … McDonald’s All-America nominee … as a senior, averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals … captain of both the basketball and volleyball teams … played three seasons of volleyball … Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic in volleyball.


Has a double major, marketing and liberal studies … age as of Nov. 15, 2011: 19 … daughter of Carol and Tony Battista … has two older twin brothers, Mike and Matt (25) … parents are both Bentley graduates who met when they were students at the college … was ranked third in her graduating class, and has continued to excel academically at Bentley, making the President's List each of her first four semesters … National Honor Society treasurer … received Presidential Academic Award … has been selected for membership in the Falcon Society, the highest honor for a Bentley undergraduate.

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