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Women’s basketball roundup: Bentley tops Stonehill

Stefanie Dolson (24 points, nine rebounds) helped No. 1 UConn win its 34th straight.


Stefanie Dolson (24 points, nine rebounds) helped No. 1 UConn win its 34th straight.

Bentley has been in cruise control this season.

However, the Falcons encountered a bump in the road Saturday.

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Courtney Finn had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists as Bentley staved off Stonehill, 79-74, in Waltham. It was the Falcons’ first victory this season by fewer than 11 points.

Bentley, the top-ranked team in Division 2, is off to the second-best start in program history at 25-0 (20-0 Northeast-10). The 1991-92 Falcons started 31-0. Bentley’s final regular-season game is Tuesday at home against Franklin Pierce.

The win was coach Barbara Stevens’s 750th at the school, a milestone achieved in just 905 games.

Despite the close margin, the Falcons never trailed. They used 15-3 and 11-2 runs to build their lead as high as 15 points, at 58-43 with 10:46 remaining.

The Skyhawks fought back and had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left, but Mary Louise Dixon’s 3-point chance was off the mark.

Dixon led Stonehill (17-7, 14-6) with 16 points.

UConn 92, Houston 41 — Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points apiece and the No. 1 Huskies routed the host Cougars (5-22, 1-15 American Athletic) to win their 34th straight game.

UConn (28-0, 15-0) shot 64 percent from the field in coach Geno Auriemma’s 1,000th game at the school.

Princeton 69, Harvard 64 — Christine Clark had 23 points but the Crimson (17-7, 7-3) lost, marking the first time they dropped both games at home in an Ivy weekend since 1993-94.

 With their win coupled with a Penn loss, the Tigers (17-6, 8-1) moved into first place in the league.

Dartmouth 53, Penn 50 — Fanni Szabo and Lakin Roland had 12 points each as the host Big Green (4-20, 1-9) picked up their first Ivy League win of the season.

 The Quakers (17-6, 7-2) were outscored, 30-10, in the paint, had their nine-game win streak snapped, and fell out of first place in the league.

Cornell 78, Brown 53 — Natalie Ball had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench, but the host Bears (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) fell to the Big Red (13-11, 5-5).

Yale 73, Columbia 68 — Sarah Halejian poured in 26 points, leading the host Bulldogs (11-12, 5-4 Ivy) past the Lions (6-17, 3-6).

Bucknell 62, BU 50 — The host Bison (15-11, 10-6 Patriot) drained 23 of 29 free throws to down the Terriers. Rashidat Agboola had 15 points and 11 rebounds for BU (11-18, 6-10).

Navy 64, Holy Cross 57 — The host Mids (22-5, 14-2 Patriot) used a 13-3 run over a 4:28 span midway through the second half to down the Crusaders. Raquel Scott and Brisje Malone each had 15 points for Holy Cross (17-10, 9-7).

Hartford 80, UMBC 64 — The Hawks drained a school-record 16 3-pointers and led wire to wire in a victory over the Retrievers (3-24, 2-13 America East) in West Hartford, Conn.

Amber Bepko was the main perimeter threat for Hartford (11-16, 8-6), which shot 47.1 percent (16 of 34) from behind the arc. She drained a school-record seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 25 points.

UNH 78, UMass-Lowell 71 — Behind Corinne Coia’s career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, the Wildcats (18-9, 12-2 America East) edged the River Hawks (5-21, 4-11) in Durham, N.H.

Vermont 74, Binghamton 48 — Sam Simononis had 13 points, leading the Catamounts (7-20, 4-10 America East) past the Bearcats (4-23, 1-13) in Burlington, Vt.

Stony Brook 73, Maine 65 — Ashleigh Roberts fueled the visiting Black Bears (14-13, 8-6 America East) with 22 points but the Seawolves (20-7, 11-3) held off a late charge to win.

Providence 61, Xavier 59 — Sarah Beal scored all 18 of her points in the second half, Alexis Harris had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Friars (7-20, 2-14 Big East) beat the Musketeers (8-19, 3-12).

Central Conn. 63, Sacred Heart 53 — Jessica Babe netted 20 points, Jaleen Thomas added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Blue Devils (10-15, 4-11 Northeast) cruised past the Pioneers (11-15, 8-7).

Robert Morris 73, Bryant 62 — The Bulldogs (13-13, 8-7 Northeast) got double-doubles from Breanna Rucker (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Naana Ankoma-Mensa (14 points, 15 rebounds) but still fell to the Colonials (17-9, 13-2) in Smithfield, R.I.

Quinnipiac 67, St. Peter’s 44 — Jasmine Martin and Samantha Guastella each had 13 points as the Bobcats (18-10, 13-5 Metro Atlantic) prevailed at home.

Baylor 69, TCU 49 — Odyssey Sims matched her season low with 17 points but still helped propel the sixth-ranked Lady Bears (24-3, 14-1 Big 12) past the host Horned Frogs (15-12, 6-9) for their 10th straight victory.

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