Strong Second Half Push Falls Short for Nighthawks

Photo by: Samantha Yanofsky

The Newbury College women's basketball team fell to non-conference Albertus Magnus College, 83-69, in the first game of a women's-men's double header, Tuesday evening. Sophomore guard Lianna Carrero (Hamden, Conn.) led four Falcons in double figures, draining a game-high 22 points in their fifth victory of the season.

After a shaky first few games, it all game together for junior center Catherine O'Connell (Quincy, Mass.). O'Connell opened up the game with an easy lay-up on a feed from senior guard Shayla White (Dorchester, Mass.) to give the Nighthawks the early lead, but acquiring their first win of the season was going to be a daunting task.

The Falcons were no strangers to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opponents. They had already played Mitchell College, Wheelock College and rival Lesley University to open the season and outscored all three by a combined score of 210-108. But it did not faze the Nighthawks one bit. O'Connell was still able to put up, a team-high, 19 points on the Falcons while ripping away 14 boards.

It became obvious from the start that the Falcons were going to have to keep an eye on O'Connell which opened the flood gates for other players. Mid-way through the first half when O'Connell attracted an Albertus Magnus double team, the Falcons did not see Fields cutting towards the bucket but the Quincy native did, and Fields cut the deficit to 14-12.

Despite trailing by 18 at the break, the Nighthawks emerged from the locker room with their heads high and outscored the Falcons, 41-37 in the second  period. First year guard Nephie Marsh (Brockton, Mass.) flicked the switch and knocked down 11 points in the second after connecting just once in the first. She was one of four Nighthawks in double figures tallying 13 points.

Marsh's second half surge was contagious. Senior guard Kendra Bannister (Washington, D.C.) was another one who appeared to turn it into another gear when the teams returned t the court. Penetrating the Falcon defense, Bannister tallied eight points to round out four Nighthawks in double figures with 10. White tied her classmate with eight points in the second to finish with 13 on the evening.

The loss drops Newbury to 0-4 on the season while Albertus Magnus improves to 5-1. The Nighthawks, still in search of that elusive first victory, return to the hard-court on Thursday evening when they travel up Commonwealth Ave. to face non-conference Lasell College at 6:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

With her 19 points and game-high 14 rebounds, Catherine O'Connell is know averaging double digits on the season with 12 points per game and 11 rebounds per game…Nephie Marsh, who entered tonight's game averaging two assists per game through three games, dished four assists against the Falcons – second only to O'Connell's five.

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