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March 6, 2016
Falcons win 19th NE-10 Crown, 5th in Last 6 Seasons
WALTHAM, Mass. – For the fifth time in the last six seasons, the Bentley Falcons are the Northeast-10 Women's Basketball Champions. The Falcons used a huge fourth quarter advantage to defeat American International, 67-60, in a battle of NE-10 division champions at the Dana Center on Sunday afternoon.
It was the 19th overall NE-10 Championship for Bentley, which previously won four straight conference titles from 2011-2014 before missing the postseason entirely a season ago.
Bentley's Jen Gemma was named Northeast-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player after averaging 22 points and more than eight rebounds per game during the tournament. Gemma finished the game with a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds. Megan Lewis, who joined Gemma on the All-Championship Team, led five Falcons in double figures with 18 points.
Despite trailing by seven after the third quarter, the Falcons got into a rhythm in the fourth and outscored the Yellow Jackets, 31-17, in the final quarter to take the victory. Lewis scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, including three of her five three-point field goals on the game.
It was a defensive battle in the first half with the score 27-24 in favor of Bentley at the break. Neither team could get much going in the opening half, as AIC shot just 25 percent from the floor and 11 percent from deep, while Bentley had 10 first-half turnovers.
The Yellow Jackets got it going in the third quarter and kept the pressure on defensively, outscoring the Falcons, 19-9, in the quarter led by Brianna Bishop's eight third-quarter points. American International took its largest lead of the game, 43-34, on a layup from Ebony Easter with 1:13 remaining in the period before Victoria Lux pulled Bentley within seven heading into the fourth. Gemma scored seven of her team's nine points in the quarter.
American International maintained its seven-point lead with 5:37 left in the game on a Bishop layup to pull ahead, 51-44, before Bentley stormed back. Lewis then drained a big three with 5:21 on the clock, which sparked the Falcons to a 14-0 run, giving them a 58-51 lead with just 1:52 to go. Bentley hit 9-of-12 foul shots over the final 1:01 to seal the victory.
Bishop led AIC with a game-high 19 points and three steals, while Kamika Mason posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Bishop and Mason joined Gemma, Lewis and New Haven's Lauren Hebert on the All-Championship Team. Victoria Lux, Macchi Smith and Lauren Green all scored in double figures for the Falcons.
2016 Northeast-10 Women's Basketball All-Championship Team
Brianna Bishop, American International
Kamika Mason, American International
Jen Gemma, Bentley
Megan Lewis, Bentley
Lauren Hebert, New Haven
Most Outstanding Player: Jen Gemma, Bentley
ABOUT THE NORTHEAST-10
The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 15 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes.
Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.