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High-scoring Brennan more concerned with team goals

Scoring points and making headlines isn't the driving force behind Bentley University guard Kim Brennan.

The Locust Valley graduate is all about winning for her teammates, her family and her school. Brennan scored a career-high and school-record 35 points in an 88-77 win over Merrimack in a Northeast-10 quarterfinal basketball game last week.

Breaking a school scoring record is usually a big deal. But not for Brennan, who is 13th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,319 points.

"They announced it after the game and one of my teammates said to me 'They must be counting every basket as a three-pointer,' '' Brennan joked. "I really had no clue."

What was most important about that game was that the Falcons needed the win. They had lost three in a row and were down big in the first half.

Bowing out in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 tournament might have ended any chance the team had at getting an at-large bid for the NCAA Division II Tournament.

"We were trailing by 18 and needed the win," the junior said. "It wasn't about the 35 points. I just did what the team needed to get the win."

Bentley's hope for a run to the Northeast-10 championship game ended with a 78-60 loss to Franklin Pierce in the semifinal.

But the season didn't end after that loss as the Falcons earned an at-large bid for the Division II tournament. Although Bentley (19-11) came up short to Stonehill, 74-56, in its first-round NCAA Tournament game Friday, Brennan is still proud of what her team accomplished.

"You just want to keep that legacy going," said Brennan, whose team made its 27th NCAA appearance. "We get great support from our school and our families. The football team comes to games . . . So you kind of want to do it for them."

Brennan and the rest of her teammates certainly have their work cut out for them. Just check out the numbers. Including this season, 23 NCAA appearances in the last 24 years, nine 30-win seasons and 14 regular-season Northeast-10 titles.

That's exactly why she chose Bentley. "They had everything I wanted," Brennan said. "It's close to home, great academics and of course a great basketball tradition."

Locals going dancing

Long Island will be well represented in both the men's and women's NCAA tournaments this week.

Xavier, which is likely to gain an at-large men's bid, is led by former Hempstead standout Terrell Holloway.

Lawrence Woodmere graduate Tyrone Nash helped Notre Dame during its Big East Tournament run, and Prentice Small (St. John the Baptist) helped Lehigh earn an automatic bid with a win over Lafayette in the Patriot League title game Friday.

On the women's side, former Commack All-American Samantha Prahalis leads Ohio State, Kristine Best (St. Anthony's) is a key reserve for Marist, and North Babylon's Eugeneia McPherson figures to make an impact off the bench for St. John's.

Other locals who will be waiting to hear selection news include Seton Hall forwards John Garcia (Brentwood) and Matt Cajuste (Jericho), and Delaware guard Tesia Harris (Half Hollow Hills West).

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