Nov. 28, 2003
FARGO, N.D. -
Forward Becky Davison scored a game-high 30 points, 24 in the second half, as nationally ranked Bentley College MA defeated Western Washington University, 77-64, in Friday's opening game at the North Dakota State University Women's Basketball Classic.
It was the first loss of the season for Western, which fell to 2-1. The Vikings were led by guard Kelly Colard (Jr., Elma), who scored 21 points, 14 in the second half; and center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem) with 19 points.
Bentley, ranked No.2 in the WBCA/USA Today/NCAA Division II Preseason Poll, improved to 3-1. The Falcons, who were national semifinalists last year and had a 25-game regular-season win streak end Tuesday, also got 15 points each from forward Shevon Gibbons and All-America guard Keri Flynn. Gibbons grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Trailing by 13 points, 36-23, at halftime, Western scored seven of the first eight points in the second half, narrowing the margin to seven, 37-30, with 17:57 to go.
Davison then took over, scoring 18 of Bentley's points during a 20-9 run, including the last 15, that gave the Falcons an 18-point lead, 57-39, with 11:06 remaining. Western never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Davison, who also grabbed six rebounds, was 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 at the free throw line.
Bentley made 26-of-32 free throws and the Vikings 4-of-7. The Falcons had a 40-31 advantage in rebounds, 24-13 in the first half.
Western shot just 30.3 percent (10-33) from the floor in the first half, but improved to 50.0 percent (16-32) in the second period as Colard connected on 4-of-7 3-pointers.
Bentley led 27-15 with 5:44 left in the first period after a 14-3 run, Gibbons scoring seven points.
Colard finished 8-of-16 from the floor, 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and McGillivray was 9-of-18. Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) scored 14 points for Western, and guard Samantha Hubbard (So., Carbonado/White River) had a game-high eight assists.
The Vikings meet the Chadron State NE, which lost 99-60 to host and No.15-ranked North Dakota State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT.