After a 2-0 weekend, No. 13 Bentley will start the NE10 schedule at Saint Anselm on Wednesday

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University’s string of six straight games away to open the 2022-23 women’s basketball season resumes Wednesday when the Falcons take their 2-0 record and No. 13 preseason ranking for the Northeast-10 to Saint Anselm College bring opening of the conference.

The kick-off at Stoutenburgh Gym is scheduled for 5:30pm and the game will be streamed on NE10NOW.tv.

Coach C White’s team opened the schedule last weekend by beating Bloomfield College at Caldwell University and knocking down Caldwell at Bloomfield. Across the two games, the Falcons averaged 50 points per game, had a +10.5 rebound margin, and limited the two teams to a .328 field goal percentage, including just 6 of 21 from deep.

junior guard Maggie Whitmore (South Portland, Maine/South Portland HS) had a strong weekend, averaging 12.5 points, nine rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals. She also shot a total of .526 and did a couple of three-pointers.

Next on the scoring list are all-conference guards Ella Thompson (Greenwood, Indiana/Center Grove HS) and Kari Brekke (Appleton, Wisconsin/Appleton North HS)who scored 10.5 and 9.0 points per game respectively.

Six-two senior Bri Gillen (Lakeville/Bishop Feehan HS) averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in her first game action since March 1, 2020. The Falcons also received posts about the basket from newcomers Ciara Norman (Röbling, NJ/Life Center Academy) and Julia Elie (Rockland/Rockland HS). Norman averaged 14 points in her first two collegiate games and Elie was a force on the offensive glass with 12, including nine against Bloomfield.

Saint Anselm shared two home games in the opening weekend, with the Hawks rebounding after a one-point loss to Southern New Hampshire and beating Dominican College (NY) 87-60.

Leading the Hawks was junior guard Gabby Turbo, who had 27 points against SNHU and 21 points in the Dominican game. She also averaged 7.5 rebounds and shot 63 percent overall, including four of seven from three-point land.

Senior forward Liv Robles also had a solid weekend, averaging 13.5 points and six rebounds.

Saint Anselm excelled at shooting the three-ball as they scored 61 percent from downtown, including 4-of-4 from Robles and 4-of-5 from freshman guard Gina Gaccione.

Bentley, the defending NE10 tournament champion, defeated the Hawks last year, winning 67-60 in Manchester, NH and 73-62 at home. Brekke scored 18 goals in the first meeting and Autumn Ceppi, now a graduate assistant coach, has 26 in the rematch. Since graduating from Peyton Steinman, the Hawks have led in the two games by 25 and 32 points.

Bentley’s next game is also in Queen City, next Tuesday in Southern New Hampshire.

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