Mass. College Hoops: Bentley’s Battista Earns NE-10 Woman Of The Year & NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete Awards

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Courtesy of the Bentley University Sports Information Department, here’s last night’s release about Lauren Battista, who was named both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete:

     WALTHAM, Mass. – Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), who led the Bentley University women’s basketball team to a 35-0 season and the NCAA Division II national championship, has added both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete awards to her already impressive list of honors.

The recent Bentley Summa Cum Laude graduate received both awards Monday night during the conference’s annual year-end banquet at the Essex Spa and Resort in Essex, Vt.

“Congratulations to Lauren for being named the NE-10 Woman of the Year and NE-10 Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said Bentley Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. “To be recognized by the member institutions of the NE-10 Conference for outstanding achievement on the court and in the classroom is a tremendous honor.  In a year full of outstanding accomplishments for Lauren, these NE-10 awards cap off a storybook season and an exceptional career.  We are extremely proud of her.”

Battista distinguished herself both on and off the court during her four years at Bentley.  Her senior year, which culminated with a come-from-behind 73-65 win over West Texas A&M in the national championship game, saw her recognized as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year, the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year and the women’s basketball nominee for the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards DII Woman of the Year.

The three-time WBCA All-America totaled a school-record 2,112 points while leading the Falcons to a four-year record of 124-11, including a remarkable 96-6 over the last three seasons and 93-6 in conference play (regular season and tournament). She earned All-Conference recognition four times, including three straight first-team nods, and was the conference’s Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2014. Her four straight NE-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player awards is unprecedented in conference history, in any sport.

“Since my team’s national championship victory, I have been approached by aspiring athletes, fellow students, faculty, alumni, and other fans who have showered me with praise and admiration for being a positive role model and ambassador for women’s college athletics,” said Battista.

The success carried over into the classroom with Battista graduating with a 3.96 GPA while majoring in both marketing and liberal studies. She earned Capital One Academic All-America honors three times, including first team recognition the last two years, and was the NE-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete for women’s basketball three times.

In the community, Battista has volunteered with Team IMPACT, Habitat for Humanity and Bentley’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

“My roles as a scholar and as an athlete have defined critical components of my character, but my experience giving back to others has had the biggest influence on the person I am today,” said Battista. “Through my work with Team IMPACT, I have been able to foster a relationship with a young girl battling leukemia and her family. Her optimism and strength inspire me daily. The experience has taught me to be grateful for everything I have been blessed with in life and that no challenge is too big to overcome.”

As the NE-10 Woman of the Year, which was selected by the conference’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Council, Battista will now be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley’s Battista Named Finalist For NE-10 Woman Of The Year Award

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Lauren Battista of the Falcons’ women’s basketball team, who was named a finalist for the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year Award:

       WALTHAM, Mass. – Former Bentley University women’s basketball standout Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) has been named one of three finalists for the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year Award. The recipient will be announced Monday night, June 2, when the conference holds its year-end banquet in Burlington, Vt.

The other two finalists are Adelphi University’s Devan Crimi and Stonehill College’s Devin Ingersoll, All-Americas in lacrosse and field hockey, respectively.

Battista earned WBCA Division II Player of the Year and Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year honors while leading the Falcons to a 35-0 season and the program’s first-ever national championship. She finished her career with 2,112 points, one of a number of school records set achieved during a four-year span that saw Bentley post a record of 124-11.

Her list of achievements included three-time WBCA first-team All-America and three-time Capital One Academic All-America. She was the Northeast-10 Player of the Year in both 2012 and this past season, and is the women’s basketball nominee for DII Woman of the Year by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards, presented by Honda.

Battista, a marketing and liberal arts major who graduated Saturday with a 3.96 grade point average, earned three straight Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence awards and was a four-time NE-10 championship tournament MVP.

Battista has also given back to others with participation in Team IMPACT, Habitat for Humanity and SAAC.

Mass. College Hoops: Adelphi-Bentley Highlights (VIDEO)

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Courtesy of the Pack Network’s YouTube Channel, here is this afternoon’s highlight package from the Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball championship between Adelphi and Bentley. The Falcons defeated the Panthers, 99-76, and earned their fourth straight championship.

Bentley’s Battista Represent Falcons, USA In 19th Annual Maccabiah Games

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Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s today’s release about Lauren Battista, a member of the women’s basketball team, that will be representing the Falcons as a member of the United States women’s basketball team in the 19th Annual Maccabiah Games:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University rising senior Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), a two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-America and two-time Capital One Academic All-America, will be headed to Israel next month to participate in the 19th annual Maccabiah Games as a member of United States women’s basketball team.

Battista and her Team USA teammates will be participating in training camp, practice and a tour program from July 6-17, with the opening ceremonies for the games scheduled for July 18. Women’s open basketball will get underway July 19, the championship game is 10 days later, and the closing ceremonies for Maccabiah 2013 are July 30.

“I am excited to explore a new culture through the sport that I love,” said Battista. “It will give me the chance not only to see a beautiful country, but also will allow me to meet athletes from all around the world and make new friendships. I am grateful to have been chosen to join a team of talented players from all across the country to share this experience with.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I cannot wait to represent the United States on this international stage,” continued the versatile six-foot forward.

Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, who had the opportunity to coach in Israel in 2004 with the USA Select Team, said “Lauren’s selection to the US women’s basketball team that will compete in the World Maccabiah Games this July is a tremendous honor for her.  The chance to compete against international competition is a fantastic opportunity that will prove to be extremely beneficial as she prepares for her senior season at Bentley.”

Battista has been a standout on the court and in the classroom during her first three years at Bentley. She’s a two-time Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete award winner and has been a fixture on the All-Northeast-10 team, earning Player of the Year honors in the conference in 2012.

Number ten on Bentley’s all-time scoring list with 1,504 points, the unselfish Battista ranks in the top ten in program history in nine different statistical categories, including field goal percentage (.530, seventh) and free throw percentage (.804, fifth). In 100 career games, she’s averaged 15.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals while leading the Falcons to an amazing 89-11 record with three NE-10 regular season championships, three NE-10 playoff titles and two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

As a junior, Battista put up numbers nearly identical to her career marks while leading the Falcons to an outstanding 30-2 season.

“We will have 12 very talented players representing the USA Open Women’s Basketball team and our expectations are to reclaim the gold medal we won in 2005,” said Jamie Shadian of Northern Arizona University, the team’s coach. “What I hope the players accomplish off the court is to connect to their Jewish culture and heritage and that is as important as our on-court success.”

“After a week of training the team will participate in the ISRAEL CONNECT cultural and educational program prior to the Games commencing,” Shadian continued. “We will have guided tours every day after practice that will allow us to explore the country. Regardless of their prior experiences, I hope each player will walk away from the Games with a new understanding, respect and love for Israel.

Among Battista’s teammates on Team USA will be Jacqueline Kalin, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year at Northern Iowa; two-time Ivy League scoring champion Alyssa Brown of Penn; Sophie Bikofsky, who plays for Brown University; and two other Northeast-10 players, Chloe Rothman of Merrimack and Yuri Sher of Pace.

Bentley will also be represented in the Maccabiah Games by two alumni who’ll be playing for the USA Rugby Team, Ilya Wortman ’08 and Seth Cohen ’07.  Wortman, who lives in South Boston after attending high school in Canton, played four years of varsity football for the Falcons, and Cohen, a veteran of the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was a member of the Bentley club rugby team. He’s a Connecticut native who now lives in New York City.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley’s Battista Named to Daktronics D2 All-America Team

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Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Lauren Battista of the women’s basketball, who was named to the Daktronics Division II All-America Team:

          WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University junior forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS) has been named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America third team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

It’s the fourth All-America award of her career as Battista received the honor from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (first team), Daktronics (first team) and Women’s Division II Bulletin a year ago.  She’s also a two-time Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America selection, earning first-team accolades this season.

Battista led the 2012-13 Falcons in scoring (14.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.527) and free throw shooting (.821) and was second in both rebounds (6.7) and steals (43). The only East Region player to average in doubles and shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line, she boosted her production in the postseason, giving the Falcons 17.8 points a game while connecting at a 59 percent clip.

Battista finished her junior season with 1,504 points, good for tenth on Bentley’s all-time list and the most ever by a Falcon prior to her senior year. In program history, she also ranks third in scoring average, fifth in free throw percentage, seventh in field goal percentage and minutes per game, eighth in field goals, and ninth in free throws and defensive rebounds.

Bentley, which entered the NCAA tournament ranked third in Division II, finished the season at 30-2 after being derailed by Dowling College in the regional.