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Ella Thompson

Thompson Shines as No. 11 Bentley Wins 8th Straight, 59-44

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Graduate guard Ella Thompson (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove HS) scored 14 points, including the 1100th of her career, as Bentley University ran its winning streak to eight with a 59-44 road win over the University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball at the Charger Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

Bentley, the 11th ranked team in the latest WBCA Division II coaches poll, improved to 16-2 overall and 11-1 conference. Coach C White's squad maintained a two-game advantage in the loss column over Assumption University, The College of Saint Rose and Southern New Hampshire.

After both teams struggled to put the ball through the basket early (14 points apiece through the first quarter and a half), Bentley picked it up throughout the rest of the quarter. The Falcons made six of the eight shots over the final 4:40 and took a 30-18 lead into intermission following a 16-4 burst. Five different players figured in the scoring with Thompson leading the way with five, senior forward Maggie Whitmore (South Portland, Maine/South Portland HS) adding four and sophomore guard Cassidy Yeomans (Marion, Mass./Tabor Academy) dropping in a three-ball from the left side.

Thompson led Bentley during the opening half as she filled the stat sheet with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

By halftime, the Falcons held advantages of 15-2 in points off turnovers, 16-6 in points in the paint, 6-0 on fast break points and 7-0 on second chance points. While Bentley warmed up with its shooting, New Haven was limited to .269 overall and two of eight from deep.

Bentley opened the game up in the third quarter, outscoring the Chargers 16-10 to go up 46-28. Whitmore scored six in the stanza, as did Thompson, who drained her third and fourth three-pointers of the game.

The Falcons remained firmly in control in the fourth with the differential ranging from 15 to a game-high 20.

 Thompson, with her most productive game in three weeks despite sitting out the fourth, finished with 14 points, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist. She made four of seven from downtown and now has 198 triples for her career.

Whitmore followed with ten points, five rebounds and three assists, and Bentley also received six points from Yeomans,  junior forward Kylie DuCharme (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington HS), sophomore post Julia Elie (Rockland, Mass./Rockland HS) and freshman guard Niya Morgen (Swampscott, Mass./St. Mary's HS).

New Haven was led by junior guard Sabira Ahayeva (Minsk, Belarus), who scored a career-high 11 points off the bench.

Bentley finished with a .420 field goal percentage, six three-pointers and 11 free throws in 13 attempts. Meanwhile, the Falcons limited the Chargers to 33 percent and four treys in 16 attempts while keeping their opponent to 50 or less for the ninth time.

Bentley forced 16 turnovers and had a 24-8 final advantage in points off.

After completing a season sweep of the Chargers, the Falcons will be back on the road Tuesday for a 5:30 game at Saint Anselm.