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Third Meeting Between Two Powerhouse Programs to Determine This Year's Champion
It'll be top-seeded Stonehill hosting second-seeded Bentley in Sunday's Northeast-10 Conference Women's Basketball Championship. Here's how tonight's Semifinal Round action went down -
#1 NE Stonehill 58, #2 SW Le Moyne 55 | BOXSCORE
EASTON, Mass. - After trailing second-seeded Le Moyne 45-33 late in the third quarter, top-seeded Stonehill would outscore the Dolphins 25-10 over the game's final 13 minutes to advance to the 2018 NE10 Championship Game. The Skyhawks will host Sunday's title game, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Stonehill's Kelly Martin, who was named the NE10 Player of the Year earlier in the week, led the Skyhawks with 16 points. Martin's two three's late in the third quarter brought the Skyhawks back into contention. Samantha Hyslip, pictured, chipped in with 14, while Courtney Walsh added 11.
Stonehill will now face an all-too familiar foe in Sunday's title tilt as Bentley will head to Easton for the third meeting between the two schools this season.
Le Moyne was led by Nicole Riddick who had 15 for the Dolphins.
#2 NE Bentley 67, #1 SW Southern Connecticut 55 | BOXSCORE
WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior forward Megan Lewis came off the bench to provide 21 points, tying her career-best, and a season-best 11 rebounds as Bentley contained Southern Connecticut, 64-51, in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Basketball Championships Thursday night at the Moore Field House.
The win, Bentley's sixth straight, propelled coach Barbara Stevens' program into the NE10 championship game for seventh time in eight years and the 28th time overall. The Falcons, 26-3 overall will look for their 20th NE10 championship Sunday when they play a 1 p.m. game at 26-2 Stonehill.
Lewis made 9 of 17 shots, including three from downtown, and collected four of her 11 boards at the offensive end. Lauren Green and Vanessa Lux followed with 11 points. Senior guard Africa Williams led Southern Connecticut with 15 points, most coming via four baskets from outside the three-point line.
Bentley and Stonehill split during the regular season with each winning on its home court, the Falcons 84-73 on Nov. 15 and the Skyhawks 77-66 on Jan. 31.
- Information for this release provided by the athletic communications staff at Bentley
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