Bentley freshman Colette Josey played her first-ever NCAA tournament game like she was a seasoned upperclassmen.
The former Framingham High star came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points and haul in a career-high 15 rebounds to propel the Falcons to a 58-55 victory over rival Stonehill in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 Northeast Regional Friday afternoon in New Haven.
The 5-foot-11 forward was immense in the second half, collecting 12 points and 10 rebounds as Bentley (22-7) advanced to tonight's semifinal (5 p.m.) against Pace, which rolled over American International 77-59. Fellow frosh Dedra Pritchard added 11 points off the bench for Bentley.
"Colette was outstanding on the boards and made some big shots," said Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, who earned her 733rd career win.
"I thought Dedra played well at both ends. She played great defense, keeping them out of the paint, and her two outside jumpers in the first half forced Stonehill to change the way they were playing defense. Her offensive aggressiveness was what we needed at the time."
Bentley, playing only its second game in 17 days, got off to a rough start, to put it mildly. The Falcons missed their first nine shots from the floor and were down 11-0 before Pritchard's two free throws. Bentley finally took the lead, 19-18, with 6:03 left in the first half. Junior Vanessa Lux added 10 points for Bentley. Alisha Collins, the NE-10's Player of the Year, led Stonehill (22-9) with 16 points.
-- Craig Larson
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