Mass. College Hoops: Battista, Finn Earn Daktronics All-East Region Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Lauren Battista and Courtney Finn, who have earned spots on the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball All-East Region first and second team:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University junior forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) has been named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball All-East Region first team for the second straight season and teammate Courtney Finn (Winthrop/Winthrop HS), a senior guard, has been selected for the All-Region second team.

Battista averaged 14.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Falcons while shooting 53 percent from the field and 82 percent from the line. It’s a combination of numbers that no other player in the region achieved, and she bumped up her production in the postseason, averaging 17.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while making 59 percent of her field goal attempts.

During the NCAA regional, Battista averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and one block while helping Bentley make a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. She shot 64 percent overall and made two of four threes, along with eight of ten free throws. Battista scored a season-high 27 points on 12-17 shooting against LIU Post in the first round, and netted 21 ponts on 9-13 shooting in the semis against Holy Family.

The two-time Capital One Academic All-America became only the tenth player in program history to reach 1,500 points, finishing with 1,504, and the first to do so as a junior.

Finn, who has another year of eligibility remaining, led the Falcons in rebounding (7.1) while averaging 13.8 points. She had four double-doubles and came within one rebound of four others, including the NCAA regional final against Dowling when she had 15 points, three assists and three steals. Finn will enter next season with 1,051 career points.

Junior forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS), who joined Battista on the East Regional All-Tournament Team, was named to the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in the three games.

Brugliera had ten points and five rebounds in the opening round against LIU Post, 19 points (on 8-10 shooting) in only 14 minutes against Holy Family in the semis and provided 11 points and eight rebounds against Dowling in the championship game. Brugliera shot 48 percent  overall, made four of her ten three-pointers and was 6-8 at the free throw line.

Bentley, which reached the Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year and the 19th time in 26 seasons, finished the year with a 30-2 record. The Falcons, who entered the NCAA tournament ranked third in Division II, captured both the Northeast-10 regular season and playoff championships for the third straight season.

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