WALTHAM, Mass. — With a 3-0 start, the Bentley University women’s basketball team will continue its season-opening streak of six straight games away Tuesday night when the Falcons take on Southern New Hampshire University at Stan Spirou Fieldhouse. Tip-Off is scheduled for 5:30pm and the game will be streamed on the NE10 Digital Network.
Each of the first three victories for coach C White’s team has been decided by double digits, including last Wednesday’s 72-52 win at Saint Anselm. The Falcons have a +19.7 scoring margin, a +9.7 rebound margin and have capped Bloomfield, Caldwell and Saint Anselm on a .322 field goal percentage.
Southern New Hampshire, which hosted the NCAA Division II East Regional last March, has had three nail biters so far and is starting 2-1. The Penmen beat Saint Anselm by a point, lost to Dominican in overtime and were three points on Saturday better than Southern Connecticut State.
Through three games, junior Maggie Whitmore (South Portland, Maine/South Portland HS) was Bentley’s top scorer, rebounder and assist maker. The six-footer averages 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting .517 overall.
The usual starting five also includes six-two seniors Bri Gillen (Lakeville/Bishop Feehan HS)second guard Amanda Kabantu (Portland, Maine/Portland HS) and the all-conference backcourt duo of graduate students Kari Brekke (Appleton, Wisconsin/Appleton North HS) and seniors Ella Thompson (Greenwood, Indiana/Center Grove HS).
Brekke and Thompson both average just over ten points per game. Brekke is 6 of 14 from outside the arc and Thompson is third on rebound (6.0). Gillen and Kabantu have each scored six points per game so far.
Off the bench, freshman guard Cassidy Yeomans (Marion/Tabor Academy) did five out of seven threesomes and classmate Julia Elie (Rockland/Rockland HS) is this week’s NE10 Rookie of the Week. Both scored in double digits in Saint Anselm on Wednesday.
For Southern New Hampshire, six-two junior Jess Knight and senior guard Adriana Timberlake are two of the conference’s top five scorers in the early stages. Knight averages 18 points and 10.3 rebounds and Timberlake follows with 17.3 points. She also has 16 rebounds and 10 assists so far.
Rebounds and hits from the free-throw line were factors in SNHU’s 2-1 start. The penmen have a +6.0 rebound margin and have outperformed their opponents at the line 48-32 while shooting at a .800 clip.
Southern New Hampshire swept Bentley’s season series last year, winning both by 12 games after the Falcons did the same to the penmen in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Bentley owns a 45-8 record in the all-time series.
After the second trip to Manchester in a week, Bentley will prepare to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Florida with games at Eckerd College on Saturday and Saint Leo University on Sunday. Both teams start 3-0.