2011-12 Bentley University Women's Basketball News

June 6, 2012
Tracie (Seymour) Robidoux Selected for Northeast-10 Hall of Fame
Former Bentley University women’s basketball standout Tracie (Seymour) Robidoux, a 1992 graduate and a 1997 inductee into the Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame, has been selected for the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Tuesday evening during the conference’s annual banquet in Portsmouth, N.H.

April 20, 2012
Battista, Varsell Selected for Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards
Bentley University All-Americas Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills HS) have been selected for the 2011-12 Northeast-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence awards for women’s basketball and women’s indoor track, respectively.

April 12, 2012
Battista, Brugliera Named to Academic All-Northeast-10 Women’s Basketball Team
Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS), a pair of sophomore forwards who have helped Bentley University to a pair of conference championships and NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances, have been selected for the 2011-12 Academic All-Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball team.

March 27, 2012
Bentley Ranked #3 in Final USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Poll; All-Tournament Honors for Brugliera
After reaching the semifinals last week at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, Bentley University is ranked third in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches’ poll of the season, released today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

March 26, 2012
Wicked Local Waltham: 'Bentley University women's basketball team showed Elite fighting spirit'
Scott Souza, sports editor of Wicked Local Waltham and the Waltham News Tribune, recapped Bentley's trip to San Antonio for the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite. Here's his story, which appeared on the website (www.wickedlocal.com/waltham) on March 26 and in the paper on March 30.

March 21, 2012
Game Day! After Dramatic Comebacks, 31-3 Bentley Set to Take on 32-1 Ashland for Berth in National Championship Game
It certainly hasn’t been easy, and in fact, it’s required three dramatic comebacks. But the bottom line is that Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens has her Falcons back in the national semifinals for the first time since 2003 and the eighth time since 1989. The 31-3 Falcons will take on 32-1 Ashland University tonight at 6 pm CT (7 pm ET) at the St. Mary’s University Greehey Arena for the right to play in Friday night’s national championship game.

March 21, 2012
Daugherty, #2 Ashland Too Much for Bentley; Falcons Fall in National Semifinals
An outstanding season for the Bentley University women’s basketball team came to a disappointing end Wednesday night when the Falcon express was derailed by an even hotter Ashland University team that featured national player of the year candidate Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio).

March 20, 2012
No. 5 Bentley Set for Elite Eight Encounter with No. 1 Ranked Wayne State
While Bentley University’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens is no stranger to taking a team to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, last year’s trip to St. Joseph, Mo. was a new experience for all the players. That won’t be the case when the 2012 Elite Eight is held this week at St. Mary’s University’s Greeley Arena. Of the 14 players on this year’s Bentley squad, eleven are making a return trip to the Elite Eight and eight received game experience in a first-round loss to eventual national champion Clayton State.

March 20, 2012
Battista Selected for 2nd All-America Award in as Many Days
Bentley University sophomore Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./ Oliver Ames HS), who has helped lead the Falcons into the NCAA Division II national semifinals, has been selected for a second All-America award in as many days.

March 20, 2012
Comeback Kids Do It Again! Bentley Comes Back from 19 Down to Reach National Semifinals
For the third time in as many games, the Bentley University women’s basketball staged a masterful comeback with the 72-67 win over the nation’s top-ranked team, Wayne State College (Neb.), Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight propelling the Falcons into the national semifinals for the first time since 2003 and the eighth time in the program’s history.

March 19, 2012
Battista Named Division II State Farm Coaches All-America by WBCA
Bentley University sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./ Oliver Ames HS) , who has led the Falcons into the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, has been named to the 2012 State Farm Division II Coaches All-America team by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The announcement was made tonight at the Elite Eight Banquet at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum.

March 15, 2012
Wicked Local Waltham: 'Bentley University women's basketball team gears up for Elite 8 in San Antonio'
Scott Souza, sports editor for the Waltham News Tribune and Wicked Local Waltham, wrote about excitement surrounding the women's basketball team heading to San Antonio for the Elite Eight. This article appeared on www.wickedlocal.com/waltham on March 14.

March 13, 2012
Boston Globe: 'Second-half surge carries Bentley to the Elite Eight'
Boston Globe sportswriter Craig Larson covered Monday's NCAA Division II East Regional final, won by the Falcons with an amazing second-half comeback. Here's his story, which appeared in the Mar. 13 edition of the paper, and online at: http://shar.es/pXoDP

March 13, 2012
Wicked Local Waltham: 'Falcons win back-to-back East Regional women’s basketball titles'
Scott Souza, sports editor of the Waltham News Tribune, covered Monday night's NCAA Div. II East Regional championship game, which Bentley won to earn a 12th regional championship. Here's his article, which appeared on the paper's website at: http://shar.es/pXgMn.

March 12, 2012
Huge 2nd Half Lifts Bentley to 2nd Straight NCAA Division II East Region Title
For the second straight year, the Bentley University women’s basketball team is headed for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight! The Falcons punched their ticket to San Antonio by using their most prolific half of the season (58 points on 67 percent shooting) to overcome a 12-point deficit and went on to record an 84-73 win over sixth-seeded Holy Family University Monday night at the Dana Center in the championship game of the NCAA Division II East Regional.

March 11, 2012
Wicked Local Waltham: 'Spectacular finish sends Falcons to Division II East women's basketball final'
Scott Souza, sports editor for the Waltham News Tribune and Wicked Local Waltham, covered Saturday's thrilling game in the NCAA Division II East Regional semis. Here's his recap, which appeared on the website Sunday,

March 11, 2012
Top-seeded Bentley, No.6 Holy Family Set to Battle Monday for Elite Eight Berth
Exactly four months after the two clubs opened the season against each other in a game played at UMass-Lowell, Bentley University and Holy Family University will meet once again Monday night, but this time, the stakes will be much higher. This one, in the championship game of the 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional, will be for a trip to San Antonio and a berth in the Elite Eight (Mar.20-23). Tip-off at the Dana Center is set for 7 pm.

March 10, 2012
#5 Bentley Scores Final 7 to Survive, Reaches NCAA Div. II East Regional Final for 18th Time in 25 Years
Sophomore forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS) capped a game-ending 7-0 run with an offensive rebound and put-back with 6.8 seconds left to give Bentley University a hard-fought 54-52 win over Franklin Pierce University in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional Saturday night at the Dana Center.

March 10, 2012
After Successful Friday, Bentley Falcons Look to Continue Run Saturday in NCAA Championship Action & Atlantic Hockey Playoffs
In venues from the Dana Center to Rochester, N.Y. to Mankato, Minn., Bentley University teams and athletes will be in action Saturday, competing in NCAA Championships and the Atlantic Hockey Playoffs. Women's basketball will be taking on Franklin Pierce in the second round of te NCAA Regional, hockey will be attempting to sweep past RIT in the AHA playoffs and Amy Varsell will be running the 800 in the NCAA Track Championships.

March 10, 2012
Bentley, Franklin Pierce Set for 4th Meeting, This Time in NCAA Regional Semis
No introductions will be necessary when Bentley University hosts Franklin Pierce University Saturday at 7:30 pm in the second half of a semifinal doubleheader in the 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region championship.

March 9, 2012
Waltham News Tribune: 'Bentley University women's basketball team has sights on NCAA repeat'
Scott Souza, sports editor of the Waltham News Tribune, recently spoke with Bentley women's basketball coach Barbara Stevens and two of her players, Katherine Goodwin and Courtney Finn, about this weekend's NCAA Regional. This article ran in the Friday edition of the paper and online at www.wickedlocal.com/waltham.

March 9, 2012
Top-Seeded Bentley Uses Balance to Move into NCAA Regional Semis, 77-58, over UDC
Five players scored in double figures, with Daktronics East Region Player of the Year Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/ Winthrop HS) leading the way with 16 apiece, as Bentley University cruised to a 77-58 win over the University of the District of Columbia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional Friday night at the Dana Center.

March 9, 2012
Championship Friday: NCAAs in Women’s Basketball & Track, and Atlantic Hockey Playoffs
A busy Friday in Bentley University athletics features Day 1 of the 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional at the Dana Center. The defending champion Bentley Falcons will begin defense of their title against the University of the District of Columbia at 6 pm, but that’s only one of four games being played today at the Dana Center. Hockey opens an Atlantic Hockey playoff series at RIT, women's track standout Amy Varsell will compete in the NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships and women's lacrosse will be facing the nation's No. 1 ranked Division II tea,.

March 8, 2012
Top-Seeded Bentley Launches Defense of East Region Title Friday against First-Time Opponent
Three wins a week ago earned the Bentley University women’s basketball team a second straight Northeast-10 Conference playoff title and the right to host this weekend’s NCAA Division II East Regional. Three wins in a four-day span, beginning on Friday, will produce a second consecutive East Regional championship and a return trip to the Elite Eight for coach Barbara Stevens’ club. The Falcons, ranked fifth nationally in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll and riding a ten-game winning streak, will begin their defense of the East Regional title Friday at 6 pm against a team new to the region and one they’ve never before faced, the University of the District of Columbia Firebirds.

March 8, 2012
NCAA.com Features Bentley's Lauren Battista: One right decision
Amy Farnum, writing for NCAA.com, profiled Bentley sophomore and Northeast-10 Player of the Year Lauren Battista on the eve of the NCAA Division II East Regional. Her article appeared on the Division II women's basketball page of www.NCAA.com.

March 7, 2012
Brockton Enterprise: 'Easton's Lauren Battista leads the way for Bentley University'
Brockton Enterprise sportswriter recently spoke to Bentley forward Lauren Battista, the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, and her coach, Barbara Stevens, about her outstanding sophomore season and her aspirations for the future. This article ran in the Mar. 7 edition of the Brockton Enterprise (www.enterprisenews.com).

March 7, 2012
Daktronics East Region Player of Year Added to List of Postseason Honors for Battista
The list of postseason honors earned by Bentley sophomore women’s basketball standout Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) grew on Wednesday as the six-footer was named the Daktronics Division II East Region Player of the Year by the region’s sports information directors.

March 6, 2012
Bentley Moves Up to #5 in USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Coaches’ Poll
The Northeast-10 champion Bentley University Falcons moved up one spot to fifth in the final USA Today/ESPN Division II women’s basketball coaches poll before the NCAA Division II Championships. The poll was announced this afternoon by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

March 5, 2012
Easton Journal: 'Sky is the limit for Oliver Ames grad Lauren Battista'
John Quattrucci, sports writer for the Easton Journal, recently spoke to Bentley's Hall of Fame women's basketball coach about her standout sophomore and Norheast-10 Player of the Year, Lauren Battista. Here's his article, which appeared online at www.wickedlocal.com/easton, and in the Mar. 4 edition of the paper.

March 4, 2012
Battista Repeats as MVP as 6th-Ranked Bentley Repeats as NE-10 Champions in Convincing Fashion, 79-52
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), a repeat selection as tournament MVP, filled the stat sheet with 20 points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks as top-seeded Bentley University captured its second straight Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball championship in convincing fashion, 79-52 over Southern Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon at the Dana Center.

March 4, 2012
Bentley Selected to Host NCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball East Regional for 2nd Straight Year
Defending regional champion Bentley University has been selected to host the 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional and Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens’ club will be the regional’s number one seed after they captured the Northeast-10 Conference playoff championship Sunday afternoon.

March 3, 2012
Battle of Elite Sunday as 26-3 Bentley Hosts 24-4 Southern Connecticut in NE-10 Championship
Bentley University has won nine straight, and 14 of its last 15, and possesses the region’s top record at 26-3. Southern Connecticut owns a seven game winning streak, is 22-1 since Dec. 1 and was responsible for the Falcons’ only home loss of the season. Combined, the two clubs are 50-7 this season.

March 1, 2012
Crowell 3-Balls Help #6 Bentley Survive in 2-OT, 69-65 over Franklin Pierce
Junior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich/Worcester Academy) drained a game-tying three with 6.9 seconds left in regulation and added another big three during a 7-0 run to start the second overtime as Bentley University overcame frigid shooting to outlast Franklin Pierce University 69-65 in the Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball semifinals Thursday night at the Dana Center.

February 29, 2012
Bentley Women Resume NE-10 Playoffs with Semifinal Date with Franklin Pierce
The top-seeded Bentley University Falcons will resume their bid for a record 16th Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball playoff championship Thursday night when it hosts Franklin Pierce University in a semifinal match-up. Tip-off at the Dana Center is 7 pm.

February 28, 2012
Bentley Women’s Basketball Remains at No. 6 in USA Today/ESPN Division II Rankings
The Bentley University Falcons remained sixth in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II women’s basketball coaches poll, announced Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. It’s the third straight week that the Falcons have been number six, and the 14th consecutive poll that has included Bentley in the top ten.

February 26, 2012
#6 Bentley Uses Balanced Attack to Advance in NE-10 Playoffs, 67-53 over AIC
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), the conference Player of the Year, scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half and four teammates added between 9 and 13 points as top-seeded Bentley University topped number eight American International College, 67-53, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Playoffs Sunday afternoon at the Dana Center.

February 25, 2012
#6 Bentley Begins Defense of NE-10 Playoff Title Sunday vs. AIC
After closing out the regular season with a seven-game winning streak, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will begin its bid for a second straight Northeast-10 Conference playoff title on Sunday with a quarterfinal game against eighth-seeded American International College. Tip-off at the Dana Center is set for 1 pm.

February 23, 2012
Battista Named Northeast-10 Player of the Year; Finn & Brugliera Also Earn All-NE-10 Honors
One day after earning Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® honors, Bentley University sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) has been selected by the conference coaches as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

February 22, 2012
Battista Selected as Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America®
Bentley University forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/ Oliver Ames HS) has been selected to the 2012 Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® women’s basketball second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was the only sophomore amongst the 15 Division II players who were honored with Academic All-America honors.

February 22, 2012
Bentley Remains No. 1 in NCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball East Region Rankings
The Bentley University Falcons, who clinched the Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship and the number one seed in the upcoming NE-10 playoffs, remained first in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region rankings of the season, which were released Wednesday afternoon.

February 21, 2012
Crowell, Roberson Lead Strong Bench Effort as #6 Bentley Clinches NE-10 Title & Top Seed
– Six-foot-one junior Caleigh Crowell (Harwich/Worcester Academy) came off the bench to pour in 22 points, including 15 in the first half, and junior guard Kelsey Roberson (Arlington/Arlington Catholic HS), also a non-starter, provided 13 points and seven helpers as Bentley University secured sole ownership of the Northeast-10 Conference regular season women’s basketball championship with a 74-61 win over UMass-Lowell Tuesday night at Costello Gym.

February 21, 2012
Bentley Remains 6th in USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Poll
It’s status quo in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II women’s basketball coaches poll with Bentley University remaining in the number six position.

February 20, 2012
#6 Bentley Will Seek Top Seed in Upcoming NE-10 Playoffs Tuesday at UMass-Lowell
The Bentley University women’s basketball team is assured of at least a share of the Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship, but the top seed for the upcoming conference playoffs is yet to be decided.

February 18, 2012
With 69-50 Wire-to-Wire Win over Stonehill, #6 Bentley Clinches Tie for NE-10 Title
Graduate student Elise Caira (Wakefield/Arlington Catholic HS), making her first start of the season on Senior Day, scored the game’s first six points and Bentley University went on to its sixth wire-to-wire win of the year, 69-50 over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

February 17, 2012
#6 Bentley Women Look to Clinch NE-10 Tie Saturday on Senior Day; Also Falcons’ Play4Kay Game
On a day that they will be both celebrating their seniors and raising funds for the fight against women’s cancers, the Bentley University Falcons can clinch a tie for the Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball championship when they host Stonehill College Saturday. Tip-off for the team’s final Dana Center appearance of the regular season is set for 1:30 pm.

February 15, 2012
Bentley Women Top 1st NCAA Div. II East Region Rankings of the Season
The Bentley University Falcons top the first NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region rankings of the season, which were released Wednesday afternoon.

February 14, 2012
Bentley Women Move to No. 6 in This Week’s USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Rankings
Following road wins over St. Michael’s College and Southern New Hampshire University, the Bentley University women’s basketball team climbed from seventh to sixth in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll, which was announced Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

February 14, 2012
Battista Outscores Franklin Pierce in 1st Half, #6 Bentley Rolls to 22nd Win
Bentley University sophomore All-Conference forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) singlehandedly outscored Franklin Pierce University in the first half, 12-11, and the conference-leading Falcons went on to a 60-49 win over the visiting Ravens in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Tuesday night at the Dana Center.

February 13, 2012
No. 7 Bentley to Continue Bid for NE-10 Regular Season Championship against Franklin Pierce Tuesday
After pulling out a win Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University by the slimmest possible margin, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will continue its bid for a second straight Northeast-10 Conference championship when it returns to the Dana Center for the final two home games of the regular season.

February 11, 2012
#7 Bentley Pulls Out 54-53 Win at Southern New Hampshire on Late Battista Basket
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore All-Conference forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass.) scored off an inbound play with 5.5 seconds remaining to give Northeast-10 Conference-leading Bentley University a 54-53 win over Southern New Hampshire in women’s college basketball action Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

February 10, 2012
7th-Ranked Bentley Continues Bid for NE-10 Title Saturday at Southern New Hampshire
After becoming the first NCAA Division II East Region team to reach the 20-win milestone, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will continue its bid for the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title Saturday afternoon at Southern New Hampshire University. Tip-off is set for 1:30 pm.

February 8, 2012
Crowell, Finn & Battista Help #7 Bentley Reach 20 Wins for 27th Time in 29 Years
Junior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich, Mass./Worcester Academy) scored 18 points, junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop HS) added 17 and sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) flirted with a triple-double as the Bentley University women’s basketball team reached the 20-win milestone for the 27th time in 29 years with a 69-58 Northeast-10 Conference win over St. Michael’s College Wednesday night at the Ross Sports Center.

February 7, 2012
Bentley Women Move Up to #7, Seek 20th Win Wednesday Night at St. Michael’s
Reaching the 20-win barrier is a notable achievement for any college basketball team. Wednesday, at St. Michael’s College, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will be attempting to reach that plateau for the 27th time in the last 29 years!

February 4, 2012
Dominating Second Half Helps #9 Bentley Top Saint Anselm & Take Sole Possession of First in NE-10
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half, junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) added 12 points and Bentley University closed with a 27-10 run over the final 13 minutes to best Saint Anselm College, 63-45, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

February 3, 2012
9th-Ranked Bentley Opens February Portion of Schedule against Saint Anselm Saturday
After completing an 8-2 month of January with a 68-51 win over Merrimack College, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will make its February debut on Saturday tied for first in the Northeast-10 Conference and two victories shy of reaching 20 wins for the 27th time in 29 years.

February 2, 2012
Battista Named to Capital One Div. II Academic All-District Team
Bentley University sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/ Oliver Ames HS) has been selected for the 2012 Capital One Division II Academic All-District 1 Women’s Basketball Team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). District 1 includes the Northeast-10 Conference, the East Coast Conference and the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference.

January 31, 2012
Bentley Women Ranked 9th This Week in USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Poll
The Bentley University women’s basketball team, which will take a 17-3 record into tonight’s home game with Merrimack, is ranked ninth in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll, which was announced this afternoon by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

January 31, 2012
#9 Bentley Uses 5 Double-Figure Scorers to Top Merrimack, 68-51
Junior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich/Worcester Academy) scored 14 points and four teammates joined her in double figures as the Bentley University women’s basketball team remained in a tie for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 68-51 win over Merrimack College Tuesday night at the Dana Center.

January 30, 2012
Following Rare Home Loss, #5 Bentley Women Look to Rebound vs. Merrimack
Three days after having its 17-game home win streak halted, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will return to the Dana Center court Tuesday night looking to rebound from that loss which dropped the Falcons into a tie for first in the Northeast-10 Conference with the team that took them down, Southern Connecticut State.

January 28, 2012
Southern Connecticut Wins 14th Straight, Ends #5 Bentley’s 17-Game Home Win Streak
Senior guard Sylvonya Moore (Stockton, Calif.) put up 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals, and sophomore forward Moni Smith-Ocran (Bronx, N.Y.) added 16 boards and a dozen markers, as Southern Connecticut State finished strong for a 63-59 win over Bentley University in a battle of Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball elite Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

January 27, 2012
#5 Bentley Falcons Look to Cool Off Streaking Owls in Northeast-10 Showdown
The Bentley University women’s basketball team sits on top of the Northeast-10 standings and is ranked fifth in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II national coaches poll. However, despite a 17-2 overall record and five consecutive wins by an average of 26 points, the Falcons aren’t the hottest team in the region or even the conference. That honor goes to 14-3 Southern Connecticut State, which ran its winning streak to 13 games with a 66-60 win over Southern New Hampshire Wednesday night. The lone regular season match-up between the Falcons and the Owls will take place Saturday afternoon, a 1:30 encounter at the Dana Center.

January 25, 2012
Battista Leads Balanced Attack as #5 Bentley Overpowers Le Moyne, 78-36
Sophomore All-Conference forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./ Oliver Ames HS) was 6-of-6 from the floor for a game-high 15 points and five teammates scored at least eight points as Bentley University, the fifth-ranked team in Division II, rolled to a 78-36 win over Le Moyne College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night at Ted Grant Court.

January 24, 2012
Bentley Moves to #5 in Division II, Will Take Region’s Best Record to Le Moyne Wednesday
Before embarking on a three-game homestand, there is one more to play on the road for the Bentley University women’s basketball team, which climbed one notch to fifth in this week’s USA Today/ESPN/Division II coaches poll.

January 23, 2012
Finn Named Northeast-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Bentley University junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) has been named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference. She’s the third Falcon to receive the honor this season, joining sophomore forwards Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS).

January 21, 2012
Finn, Battista Each Put Up 20 as #6 Bentley Rolls Over New Haven
Junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop HS) and sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) each scored 20 points as Bentley University, the sixth-ranked team in Division II, used 41 points off turnovers to best the University of New Haven, 88-68, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at Charger Gymnasium.

January 20, 2012
#6 Bentley Takes East Region’s Best Record to New Haven for 3:30 Saturday Game
The Bentley University women’s basketball team, currently ranked sixth nationally in Division II, will be looking to continue its successful season Saturday afternoon when the Falcons travel to Connecticut to take on the University of New Haven. Starting time at Charger Gymnasium is set for 3:30 pm as the women’s game will be the second half of the Northeast-10 doubleheader

January 17, 2012
Crowell Pours in 30 Off Bench as #6 Bentley Bests Visiting Adelphi, 87-75
Junior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich/Worcester Academy) buried six three-pointers en route to a career-high 30 points and both sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames) and junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) had double-doubles as Bentley University topped Adelphi University, 87-75, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Dana Center.

January 17, 2012
Bentley Women’s Basketball Moves From 9th to 6th in USA Today/ESPN Poll
Following wins over American International College and The College of Saint Rose, the Bentley University women’s basketball team has climbed three notches to sixth in this week’s USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II coaches poll.

January 16, 2012
#9 Bentley Hosts Adelphi Tuesday, Seeking to Extend Home Winning Streak
It’s been more than a full calendar year since the Bentley University women’s basketball team has come up on the short end of the scoreboard while playing at the Dana Center, with the current home winning streak of 15 games including five this season and six in the postseason a year ago. This year’s squad, which leads the Northeast-10 Conference by a game, will look to extend that streak to 16 Tuesday night when it hosts Adelphi University at 5:30 pm.

January 14, 2012
#9 Bentley Shuts Down Saint Rose, 64-44; Battista Leads Balanced Effort with 12
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) scored a team-high 12 points and five of her teammates combined for 10 three-pointers as Bentley University ran its home winning streak to 15 games with a 64-44 victory over The College of Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

January 13, 2012
#9 Bentley Puts Conference-Best Record on the Line against Visiting Saint Rose Saturday
After spending most of the last two months playing away from home, the Northeast-10 Conference-leading Bentley University women’s basketball team will be back in the Dana Center for its next two games, just the fifth and sixth home appearances of the season for the nation’s ninth-ranked Division II team. Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens will put her team to the test Saturday afternoon (1:30 pm) against the College of Saint Rose, and the Falcons will also be at home Tuesday night, with Adelphi University providing the opposition.

January 11, 2012
Finn, Bench Propel #9 Bentley Past AIC, 79-43
Junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) registered her second double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Falcon bench scored as many points as the entire American International College team as Bentley University ran its record to 13-2 with a 79-43 win in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night at Butova Gymnasium.

January 10, 2012
Bentley Heads to AIC with #9 National Ranking and Region’s Best Record
Despite coming up empty Saturday at Pace University, the Bentley University women’s basketball will take a top-ten national ranking, the region’s best overall record and a one-game lead in the Northeast-10 into Wednesday night’s game at American International College. Tip-off at Butova Gym in Springfield is slated for 5:30 pm.

January 7, 2012
Johnson, Three-Point Shooting Help Pace Take Down #4 Bentley, 79-68
Senior guard Carol Johnson (New City, N.Y.) scored 26 points and her teammates combined to bury nine of 13 three-pointers as Pace University shot down conference-leading Bentley University, 79-68, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

January 6, 2012
#4 Bentley Takes 12-1 Record to Pace; 1st Meeting between Two Since NCAA Regional Final
Nearly ten months after staging a classic NCAA Division II East Regional final last March, the women’s basketball teams from Bentley University and Pace University will renew acquaintances on Saturday when the Bentley Falcons visit the Goldstein Athletic Center in Pleasantville, N.Y. for a 1:30 pm game.

January 5, 2012
Waltham News Tribune: 'Bentley women's basketball team wins battle of nationally ranked rivals'
Scott Souza, sports editor for the Waltham News Tribune and wickedlocal.com/waltham, covered Tuesday night's battle for first place in the Northeast-10, won by the Falcons with a dominating final five minutes. Here's his story.

January 3, 2012
Battista Named NE-10 Player of the Week; Falcons Now #4 in Division II
After a pair of double-doubles, Bentley University sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/ Oliver Ames HS) has been named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference.

January 3, 2012
Battista, Goodwin Help #4 Bentley Best #15 Assumption in Battle for NE-10 Lead
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) scored 22 points, senior guard Katherine Goodwin (Goffstown, N.H./Governors Academy) added a season-best 17 points and the Falcon bench outscored the Assumption College reserves 17-0 as the Bentley University women’s basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Northeast-10 Conference with an 88-74 win Tuesday night at the Dana Center.

January 2, 2012
#1 Bentley, #12 Assumption Set for Key Northeast-10 Encounter
As the calendar changes to 2012, the Bentley University Falcons and the Assumption College Greyhounds have established themselves as the premier women’s basketball teams in the Northeast-10 Conference. The only regular season meeting of the two clubs will take place Tuesday night at Bentley’s Dana Center, with the tip slated for 5:30 pm. The winner will take sole possession of first place in the NE-10, and will have the benefit of the tie-breaker should the two finish the regular season tied

December 30, 2011
Battista Scores Career-High 29 as #1 Bentley Claims 11th Win, 83-66 over Bridgeport
A career-high 29 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals by sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) propelled Bentley University to its East Region-leading 11th win, 83-66 over the University of Bridgeport, Friday afternoon in the Bridgeport Holiday Classic at the Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium.

December 29, 2011
Battista Scores 22 as No. 1 Bentley Hands Dowling 1st Loss, 50-47
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, including four free throws in the final 26 seconds, as the Bentley University women’s basketball team edged Dowling College, 50-47, in the first round of the Bridgeport Holiday Classic Thursday afternoon at the Harvey Hubbell Gym.

December 28, 2011
Top-Ranked Bentley Looks to Rebound against Unbeaten Dowling Thursday
Eleven days after being knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Bentley University women’s basketball will return to the court on Thursday to begin a difficult stretch of three games in a span of six games.

December 18, 2011
Joyner, Marciniak Combine for 48 as C.W. Post Hands #1 Bentley 1st Loss, 85-71
Senior guard Felicia Joyner (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and six-foot-one junior Nicolette Marciniak (Brooklyn, N.Y.) combined for 48 points, more than five teams have scored against the Falcons this season, as C.W. Post knocked off Bentley University, the number one ranked team in Division II, in non-conference women’s basketball Sunday afternoon at the Pratt Recreation Center.

December 17, 2011
Bentley Puts Undefeated Record, #1 Ranking on the Line Sunday at C.W. Post
The nation’s top-ranked Division II women’s basketball team will be looking for its 10th win of the season Sunday afternoon when the undefeated Bentley University Falcons make a first-ever visit to C.W. Post. Tip-off is set for 1:30 pm.

December 13, 2011
Bentley #1 Ranked Division II Women’s Basketball Team for 3rd Straight Week
Following road wins over then-number 12 Franklin Pierce University and Stonehill College, the Bentley University Falcons remained atop this week’s USA Today/ESPN Division II women’s basketball poll, announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. It’s the third straight week that coach Barbara Stevens’ club has held the number one ranking.

December 12, 2011
Brugliera Named Northeast-10 Player of the Week
Bentley University sophomore forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/ Wachusett Reg. HS) has been selected as the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference. She’s the first Falcon to win the award since Kim Brennan on Feb. 1, 2010.

December 10, 2011
Brugliera, Battista Team for 40 Points as #1 Bentley Stays Perfect with 57-42 Win at Stonehill
Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg.HS) scored a season-best 26 points, Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) followed with 14 , and the two sophomore forwards combined for 24 rebounds as Bentley University, the number one-ranked team in Division II, shut down Stonehill College, 57-42, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at Merkert Gymnasium.

December 7, 2011
Battista & Finn Help #1-Ranked Bentley Put Away #12 Franklin Pierce, 73-59
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) scored ten of her game-high 21 points during a game-ending 29-6 run and junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) had her first career double-double as Bentley University, the number one ranked women’s basketball in Division II, finished strong for a 73-59 win over 12th-ranked Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 Conference action Wednesday night at the FPU Fieldhouse.

December 7, 2011
Boston Herald: 'Bentley's Battista, Brugliera Two Good"
Rich Thompson, a sports writer for the Boston Herald, spoke with Bentley sophomore forwards Lauren Battista and Jacqui Brugliera for this article that appeared in the Dec. 7 edition of the paper and online at www.bostonherald.com.

December 6, 2011
Bentley Puts Nation’s #1 Ranking on the Line at #12 Franklin Pierce in Early Season Battle of Unbeatens
The Bentley University women’s basketball team, number one in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II coaches poll for the second straight week, will put that lofty ranking on the line Wednesday night when it pays a visit to another elite program, 12th-ranked Franklin Pierce University, in an early season battle of Northeast-10 Conference unbeaten. Tip-off at the FPU Field House is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

December 3, 2011
Waltham News Tribune: 'Bentley women's basketball team defends No. 1 national ranking'
Waltham News Tribune sports editor Scott Souza wrote about Bentley University women's basketball defeating St. Michael's in the team's first game since moving into the number one position in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II coaches poll. (www.wickedlocal.com/waltham).

December 3, 2011
Battista, Brugliera & Finn Combine for 46 as #1 Bentley Rolls, 76-43
Sophomore forwards Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Oliver Ames HS) combined with junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/ Winthrop HS) for 46 points, three more than Southern New Hampshire managed as a team, as Bentley University stayed undefeated with a 76-43 victory in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

December 2, 2011
Top-Ranked Falcons Host 5-1 SNHU Saturday in Final Dana Center Appearance of 2011
The final chance to see the nation’s current top-ranked Division II women’s basketball team on its home court in 2011 will be Saturday afternoon when the Bentley University Falcons host once-beaten Southern New Hampshire University at 1:30 pm.

November 30, 2011
4 Score in Doubles as #1 Bentley Stays Unbeaten with 75-66 Win over St. Michael’s
Playing its first game as the number one ranked team in Division II, the Bentley University Falcons used a dominating start and a late 15-3 game-clinching run to remain undefeated, 75-66 over St. Michael’s College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball action at the Dana Center Wednesday night.

November 29, 2011
Bentley Women Move to Top of Division II Poll, Will Put #1 Ranking on the Line Wednesday against St. Michael’s
Off to a 5-0 start with an average winning margin of 25.8 points, the Bentley University women’s basketball team has moved to number one in this week’s USA Today/ESPN/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II coaches’ poll. It’s the first time in the program’s distinguished history that the Falcons have topped the rankings.

November 27, 2011
Battista Ties Career-High with 23 as #2 Bentley Stays Perfect, 59-46
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) matched her career-high with 23 points and the Falcons limited the Hawks to 31 percent shooting as Bentley University remained unbeaten with a 59-46 win over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball at Stoutenburgh Gym Sunday afternoon.

November 26, 2011
#2 Bentley Takes Perfect Record to Saint Anselm Sunday
Four dominating performances have given the Bentley University women’s basketball team its first 4-0 start since the 2004-05 season. On Sunday, when they visit Saint Anselm College, the Falcons will be looking to make it 5-0, a record they last enjoyed during the 1997-98 season when Bentley won its first 18.

November 22, 2011
Bentley Remains at #2 in USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Poll
The Bentley University Falcons, who have opened the season with three wins by an average of 29 points, are second in the first regular season USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll of the year, announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The number two ranking matches the Falcons’ listing in the preseason poll.

November 22, 2011
Battista Scores 16 as #2 Bentley Leads from Start to Finish in 87-58 Win at Merrimack
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) scored 12 of her 16 points in the first 12 minutes as Bentley University, the second-ranked team in Division II, shot out to a 27-5 lead and cruised to an 87-58 win over Merrimack College in Northeast-10 Conference at the Volpe Center Tuesday night.

November 16, 2011
Kearse, Battista Lead #2 Bentley to 74-46 Win over UMass-Lowell
Senior forward Shatasia Kearse (Framingham/Lincoln-Sudbury HS) scored 10 of her career-high 16 points during a 25-0 second-half explosion and All-Conference sophomore forward Lauren Battista (Easton/Oliver Ames HS) netted a game-high 17 as Bentley University led from start to finish en route to a 74-46 win over UMass-Lowell in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night at the Dana Center.

November 15, 2011
2nd-Ranked Bentley Women Set to Launch Home & NE-10 Schedule Wednesday vs. UMass-Lowell
After a successful weekend in the Northeast-10/Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Challenge at UMass-Lowell, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will open their home and conference schedule Wednesday night with a 5:30 pm encounter with UMass-Lowell.

November 13, 2011
Battista, Massie Help #2 Bentley Cruise Past Felician, 76-42
Sophomore forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) posted her second straight double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 boards, and senior forward Lauren Massie (Fairfax Station, Va./West Springfield HS) had a solid all-around game as the Bentley University women’s basketball team, ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II preseason poll, registered a 76-42 win over UMass-Lowell in the second round of the Northeast-10/CACC Challenge at UMass-Lowell’s Costello Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.

November 12, 2011
Finn Buries School Record 7 Triples as #2 Bentley Shoots Down #18 Holy Family, 82-57
Junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS) tied a school record with seven three-pointers and forwards Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) and Shatasia Kearse (Framingham/Lincoln-Sudbury HS) each registered a double-double as the Bentley University women’s basketball team posted a convincing 82-57 season-opening win over Holy Family University Saturday afternoon in the Northeast-10/CACC Challenge at UMass-Lowell’s Costello Athletic Center.

November 10, 2011
#2 Bentley Opens at UMass-Lowell Tourney Against #18 Holy Family & Felician
There will be no easing into the 2011-12 season for Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens and her Bentley University Falcons. The Falcons, number two in both the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA and Women’s Division II Bulletin preseason rankings, will open the schedule Saturday afternoon with a 1 pm encounter against 18th-ranked Holy Family University. Bentley will also face unranked Felician College Sunday afternoon at the same time with both of those two games being played at the UMass-Lowell Tip-Off Tournament.

November 8, 2011
Caira, Roberson to Serve as Bentley Women’s Basketball Captains
A pair of Arlington Catholic High School products, grad student Elise Caira (Wakefield) and junior guard Kelsey Roberson (Arlington), will serve as captains of the 2011-12 Bentley University women’s basketball team, coach Barbara Stevens announced.

November 2, 2011
Bentley Women’s Basketball #2 in USA Today/ESPN Division II Preseason Top 25
Coming off a trip to the 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the Bentley University Falcons are ranked second in the 2011-12 USA Today/ESPN Division II preseason coaches poll, which was conducted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

October 27, 2011
Bentley Tabbed as Preseason Favorite in Northeast-10 Women’s Basketball
The Bentley University women’s basketball team, defending regular season and playoff champions in the Northeast-10 Conference, has been tabbed as the favorite in the conference for the 2011-12 season.

October 23, 2011
Stevens to Participate in An Evening Of Excellence at Worcester State
On Tuesday night, October 25, Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens will participate in “An Evening of Excellence” at Worcester State University. The night will feature a round-table discussion with Stevens, one of only six women’s basketball coaches with over 800 career victories; US Olympic and University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma; and 2010-11 Division III National Champion Amherst College women's basketball coach G.P. Gromacki.

October 18, 2011
The Southern: 'SIU names women's basketball locker room after Scott'
Earlier this month, Southern Illinois named its women's basketball locker room after its former longtime coach, and current Bentley University assistant athletics director, Cindy Scott. Here is the story that appeared in the Southern Illinoisan and online at www.thesouthern.com.

October 11, 2011
Bentley Women Ranked #2 Preseason by Women’s Division II Bulletin
Following an Elite Eight season a year ago, the Bentley University women’s basketball team is ranked second nationally in Division II preseason by the Women’s Division II Bulletin. Defending national champion Clayton State, which ended Bentley’s season in the national quarterfinals last March, tops the rankings.

September 6, 2011
2010-11 Bentley Women's Basketball Yearbook Now Available
The 2010-11 Bentley University women's basketball yearbook, a complete recap of the past season, is now available to view online. It will also be available for purchase in a couple weeks.

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