Women's Basketball Looks to Take Down No. 7 Bentley Saturday
SNHU (17-7, 12-6 Northeast-10)
No. 7 Bentley (20-3, 16-2 Northeast-10)
Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 1:30 pm
SNHU Fieldhouse - Manchester, N.H.
Radio - WTPL 107.7 FM
THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire hosts No. 7 Bentley on Saturday afternoon.
THE COACHES: Karen Pinkos is in her seventh season as head coach at Southern New Hampshire...Pinkos has led the Penmen to five Northeast-10 Tournament berths in her first six seasons and to the program's most victories since 1991 in 2008-09 while guiding SNHU to an 18-11 mark...she has compiled a 88-106 record with the Penmen, including a 60-51 mark since the beginning of the 2008-09 season...she spent 16 years as an assistant coach at the Division I level with New Hampshire, Boston College, Providence and Northeastern...Barbara Stevens is in her 26th year at Bentley...one of the winningest coaches in women's college basketball history, she has compiled a 844-243 career record and led the Falcons to 24 NCAA Tournament appearances and 11 regional titles, the most recent coming last season.
THE SERIES: Bentley owns a 31-3 advantage in the all-time series with Southern New Hampshire...the two teams met earlier this season in Waltham, Mass., with the Falcons posting a wire-to-wire 76-43 victory...Bentley led 39-20 at halftime and outscored the guests 16-8 over the first five minutes of the second half...Lauren Battista led Bentley with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jacqui Brugliera finished with 15 points and seven boards...Megan Smith led Southern New Hampshire with 11 points, while Brooke Springfield totaled seven rebounds and six assists...all three SNHU wins in the series have come on the road, with Bentley owning a 14-0 record at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire fell on the road to Franklin Pierce 67-62 Wednesday evening...junior Sloane Sorrell leads the Penmen in both scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) while shooting 58.8% from the floor, ranking second in the Northeast-10 and sixth nationally in in field goal percentage...she also ranks 10th in the league in rebounding...Michelle DeRoma has knocked down a team-best 41 three-pointers and is averaging 10.0 ppg...Christine Duffy leads the Penmen in assists with 8.0 per game, while she is averaging 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing...Duffy ranks first nationally in assists per game among all NCAA divisions and became SNHU's all-time leader in assists February 8 at Franklin Pierce...Megan Smith is averaging 8.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg...she has led the team in scoring four times, including 14 points in a win at Georgian Court...Victoria Wiseman is averaging 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game...freshmen Brooke Springfield and Lorreta Rocha are adding 5.0 and 4.8 points per game, respectively...the Penmen are shooting .448 overall, .332 from three-point land and .642 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .400 from the floor and .321 behind the arc...SNHU is scoring 63.0 points per game while allowing 57.7 while outrebounding foes 35.8-34.4...the Penmen lead the Northeast-10 in field goal percentage while ranking fifth in field goal percentage defense.
THE FALCONS: Bentley, currently ranked seventh nationally after being ranked No. 1 earlier in the season, has won three straight and is coming off a 69-58 win at Saint Michael's Wednesday night...Lauren Battista leads the Falcons in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) while shooting 54.2% from the floor...Courtney Finn has knocked down a team-high 34 three-pointers and is averaging 11.3 points and six rebounds per game, while Jacqui Brugliera is adding 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game...Brugliera has missed Bentley's last six games...Caleigh Crowell and Katherine Goodwin are adding 8.4 and 6.8 ppg, respectively...Bentley is shooting .434 overall, .328 from three-point land and .746 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .376 from the floor and .291 behind the arc...the Falcons are scoring 72.9 ppg while allowing 56.3 while outrebounding foes 41.0-31.6.
WHAT'S NEXT: Southern New Hampshire hosts Stonehill on Tuesday for Senior Night, where the Penmen will honor seniors Erin Baldwin, Christine Duffy, Megan Smith and Megan Spanarkel...SNHU then closes out the regular season at Merrimack and Saint Michael's.