For the first time in the 1940s-more year history of northeast-10 VSIn the conference, one university won both the women’s and men’s basketball championships in the same season: Bentley University. The Falcons made history Sunday with the women’s 56-49 win over Stonehill College and the men’s 68-62 win over Franklin Pierce University in a high-energy doubleheader in front of a cheering crowd at Dana Athletic Center .
Both teams will continue their successful seasons this weekend with games in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
For the women’s team, the Northeast-10 championship was the Falcons’ 21st of all time, the first since 2018 and the first under head coach C White, who managed Hall of Fame Coach Barbara Stevens. With the victory, Bentley, with a 19-8 record, secured the conference’s automatic spot for the NCAA championships, which begin on Friday.
Autumn Ceppies, MBA ’23, a first-team All-Northeast-10 selection who averaged 14.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in the conference championship, finished with a game-high 17 points, 13 boards and three blocks Sunday. She was named the Conference Women’s Championship Most Outstanding Player. Janessa Gonzalez ’24 and Kari Brekke, MBA ’24 also scored nine points for Bentley. Brekke joined Ceppi on the All-Tournament Team and received the Northeast-10 Elite 24 award as the player at the championship venue with the highest GPA.
“This team is ready to do whatever it takes to win,” White said. “There really aren’t any individuals on this list. Our seniors have led us in a team mentality throughout the year, and that’s what has guided us to success when the game and therefore our season was at stake.”
The women’s team will face Jefferson University this Friday at Southern New Hampshire University in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championships.