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Women's Basketball Among the Elite


This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.

Women's Basketball Among the Elite



What a season. The 2011-2012 Bentley women’s basketball team tallied 31 wins and came within one victory of the Division II National Championship game, falling in the semifinals to Ashland (Ohio) University. It was a second consecutive appearance in the Division II Elite Eight for the squad and coach Barbara Stevens – and the program’s best finish since 2002-2003.

The team was led by forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass.). The sophomore was named to the Daktronics Division II All-America team by the nation’s sports information directors and to the State Farm All-America team by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She averaged 17 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, becoming only the second sophomore in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.

While losing a handful of players to graduation – Katherine Goodwin (Goffstown, N.H.), Elise Caira (Wakefield, Mass.), Meghan Thomann (Andover, Mass.), Shatasia Kearse (Framingham, Mass.) and Lauren Massie (Fairfax Station, Va.) – the team returns its top four scorers next year: Battista, sophomore forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg, Mass.), junior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) and junior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich, Mass.).


by John McElhenny December 20, 2018

Students react to the news that they've just been admitted to Bentley, their top choice, in this new video. 

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