The Dowling College women’s basketball team dropped their home opener 65-54 to No. 19 Bentley University this afternoon at Dowling Gymnasium. The Falcons improve to 4-2 on the season as the Golden Lions are still in search of their first win and now sit at 0-4.
The Golden Lions were led by junior Krstina Surlan
with 19 points, 7 for 18 from the field. The guard also posted a team high eight rebounds with two assists. Graduate student Nicole Caggiano
finished in double figures with 14 points, 6 for 18, while adding four boards and two blocks.
For Bentley, Kelsey Mattice came off the bench and posted a game high 19 points while adding six rebounds. Jen Gemma pitched in with 18 points, nine boards and three assists.
Dowling led by as many as seven points, 25-18, after senior Kristen McMahon
drove to the basket for two at the 9:45 mark. But a three from Benltey’s Green on the following possession sparked a 21-0 run that was capped by a three from Mattice putting the Falcons ahead 39-25 with two minutes left in the half. The Golden Lions put up five of the final seven points of the half, but went into the break trailing 41-30.
The Falcons continued their strong play into the second half grabbing their largest lead of the day, 64-43, after a lay up from Carlene Kluge with 8:29 left on the clock. The Golden Lion got back to within 13 using a Surlan layup, but the Falcons came away with the 65-54 win.
The Golden Lions return to action December 3rd
as they travel to the University of New Haven. Game time is set for 5:30 PM.