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Barbara Stevens Records 500th Bentley Victory

February 10, 2004

MANCHESTER, N.H.- Barbara Stevens, the winningest women's basketball coach in Division II and New England history, notched her 500th win as Bentley College's coach as the Falcons topped Southern New Hampshire University, 63-55 in Northeast-10 Conference action Tuesday night at the SNHU Field House.

Stevens, 657-140 overall as a head coach (including stints at Clark and UMass), became the third women's basketball coach in New England history to amass 500 wins at one school, and the quickest, doing so in just 579 games and in the midst of her 18th season at the helm. It took UConn's Geno Auriemma 599 games over 18 seasons and Salem State's Tim Shea 613 over 23.

Her team was led to its 17th victory of the season by junior forward Shevon Gibbons (Fayetteville, N.C.) and senior guard Keri Flynn (Rockland, Mass./Rockland HS). The duo combined for 37 points with Gibbons scoring 20 while missing only one shot all night, and Flynn adding 17, including 13 points in the opening half.

Bentley, with its third straight victory, improved to 17-6 overall and 14-4 in the Northeast-10. SNHU dropped its fifth straight, falling to 7-16 overall and 2-16 in the conference.

After several lead changes, the Falcons closed out the opening half with a 12-4 run over the final 6:30 to take a 28-21 lead into the break. Flynn ignited the run with a three, and senior forward Becky Davison (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk HS), who had her ninth double-double of the season, had five of the 12, including a three-ball.

Bentley looked like it was going to run away with it over the first ten minutes of the second half, outscoring SNHU 18-8 to take a 46-29 lead. Gibbons led the charge, hitting four baskets for eight points.

However, the Penmen had other ideas. While Bentley was stuck on 46 points for nearly five minutes, Southern New Hampshire scored 11 unanswered, including six by senior Lisa Brown (Gardiner, Maine), to get back in the contest (46-40 with 6:30 left).

Bentley finally ended its scoring drought when Gibbons scored a second-chance basket with 5:12 remaining, extending the advantage to eight, 48-40. The differential would remain between six and eight until Gibbons sank two from the line with 1:23 left, making it 55-46.

With Southern New Hampshire forced to foul, Bentley clinched Stevens' 500th by hitting eight of 11 free throws in the final minute, including three of four by freshman Lauren Moore (Bristol, N.H./Alvirne HS).

Gibbons finished the night seven of eight from the field and a perfect six-for-six from the line. Davison, the NE-10 Player of the Week for the second straight time, grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and also contributed 10 points. Moore, with seven points off the bench, was the only other Falcon with more than three points.

Sophomore guard Gilhansy Bonhomme (Laval, Que.) paced the Penmen with 14 points off the bench, and senior guard Colleen Quinn (Oakdale, Conn.) added 11 points.

Superior shooting proved to be the difference and helped to offset Bentley's 21 turnovers. The Falcons connected at a 43 percent clip while holding SNHU to just 33 percent.

Bentley will be back on the road Saturday afternoon, with a 1:30 p.m. game against the College of Saint Rose at Albany High School (N.Y.).

At Manchester, N.H.

BENTLEY 63, SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE 55

BENTLEY (63)- Keri Flynn 7-16 2-2 17, Becky Davison 3-8 3-5 10, Shevon Gibbons 7-8 6-6 20, Chanté Bonds 0-2 1-2 1, Morgan DiPietro 0-3 1-1 1, Shannon Kirwan 0-0 3-4 3, Mary Pietrocarlo 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Moore 2-4 3-4 7, Kate Kelley 1-5 0-0 2, Abby Everitt 1-2 0-0 2, LaToya Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 19-24 63.

SOUTHERN NH (55)- Deanna Goodwin 2-4 1-2 5, Amy Stilphen 3-8 0-0 6, Sara Scott 1-7 1-2 3, Maike Mocikat 0-4 0-2 0, Colleen Quinn 4-11 2-2 11, Chrisondria Griffith 0-4 5-6 5, Jenn Hogan 0-1 0-0 0, Ana Lavilla 0-0 0-0 0, Lisa Brown 4-6 0-0 9, Amy Charbonneau 1-8 0-0 2, Clhansey Bonhomme 5-8 4-4 14. Totals 20-61 13-18 55.

Halftime: B 28-21; 3-Point FG: B 2-13 (Davison 1-3, Flynn 1-7, Pietrocarlo 0-1, Moore 0-2), SNH 2-11 (Brown 1-1, Quinn 1-4, Hogan 0-1, Stilphen 0-2, Charbonneau 0-3); Rebounds: B 39 (Davison 12), SNH 36 (Griffith 10); Assists: B 14 (Kirwan 5), SNH 10 (Mocikat, Scott, Charbonneau 2); Total Fouls: B 14, SNH 19; Fouled Out: None; Technical Fouls: None.

Records: B 17-6 (14-4 NE-10), SNH 7-16 (2-16 NE-10)

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