Stonehill College Skyhawks (11-9, 6-8 NE-10)
#9/RV Bentley University Falcons (17-3, 11-3 NE-10)
Purple & White Game
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.
Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium - Easton, Mass.
Streak: Won 3
Notes: Stonehill enters tonight's game rolling with three straight wins against regionally-ranked teams after Saturday's 65-47 triumph over Saint Rose. Junior Kelly Martin (Scituate, Mass.) leads the Skyhawks with 14.6 points per game on 41-percent shooting from the field and 83.8% (67-for-80), with 5.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Senior Paige Marshall (Braintree, Mass.) is contributing 13.8 points on 48.7% shooting, including 46.3% (25-for-54) from three-point distance, converting 82.3% (65-79) of her free-throws with 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and nearly a steal per game. Freshman Maty Diabate (Holden, Mass.) has made an immediate contribution for the Skyhawks with 9.3 points on 51.7% shooting from the floor and 77.8% (35-45) at the line with 4.6 boards per game. Stonehill ranks third in the NE-10 for scoring offense (65.8 ppg) and moved up to 12th in scoring defense (61.7 ppg), having three straight opponents under 50 points and four straight to less than 60. The Skyhawks lead the NE-10 in free-throw shooting (.769), while ranking third for field goal percentage (.411), fourth in assists per game (14.6) and fewest fouls committed per game, seventh in rebound margin (+2.9) and eighth for three-point percentage (.307).... Stonehill head coach Trisha Brown also takes her first crack at her 300th career win tonight, entering with a 299-137 (.646) mark... Tonight's game will also be broadcast on a tape delay basis by Easton Community Access Television on Friday at 6 p.m... Easton Community Access Television will be broadcasting the final four regular season games of the season.
Streak: Won 5
Notes: Bentley, ranked first in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll and ninth in its national top 25, while receiving votes in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division II poll, enters tonight's game winners of five straight after a 60-56 decision over Southern Connecticut State on Saturday. Senior co-captain Jane White (Amherst, N.H.) broke a 54-all tie with a scoop shot in the lane with 53.8 seconds left as part of a game-ending 9-2 run that gave the Falcons a come-from-behind win. Sophomore Lauren Green (Damascus, Md.) led Bentley with 14 points, freshman guard Megan Lewis (Sevenoaks, England) followed with 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, and White tied her season-high with 11 points. Junior forward Jen Gemma (Milton, Mass.) leads the Falcons in scoring and rebounds with 18.9 points and 10.1 boards per game, shooting 46.5-percent from the field and converting 78.2% of her free-throws to go with 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. Green is the only other Falcon scoring in double-figures with 10.7 points on 41.8% shooting, including 44.4% (36-81) from beyond the arc, while converting 81.1% (30-37) of her free-throws, with 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Bentley boasts the top offense in the NE-10 (69.5 ppg), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (59.5 ppg). The Falcons also lead the NE-10 in shooting percentage (.432), three-point percentage (.381) and assists per game (15.8), ranking second for rebound margin (+7.4), fifth for free-throw percentage (.704), ninth for field goal percentage defense (.374) and 11th in three-point percentage defense (.303).