The Newbury College women's basketball team stopped a two game skid and righted the ship with a 63-26 victory over nearby rival Lesley University, Thursday evening. Senior guard Shayla White (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman guard Nephie Marsh (Brockton, Mass.) each knocked down 15 points a piece as the Nighthawks swept the season series against the Lynx.
Reigning ECAC and NECC Player of the Week, junior center Catherine O'Connell (Quincy, Mass.) sparked an 11-0 run, knocking down a jumper eight seconds into the contest and proved to be too much for the Lynx to handle, defensively. A minute later in the same Lesley possession, the South Shore native rejected back-to-back lay-ups swatting away an attempt form junior forward Chelsea Contre (Pomfret, Conn.) and sophomore center Grace Amato (Sharon, Vt.).
However the Lynx were not going to back down. After Amato ripped down the defensive board following a missed White free throw attempt, sophomore guard Sarah Apgar (Andover, N.J.) finally put the Lynx on the board with mid-range jumper but the damage had already done. Newbury's offense was firing on all cylinders as they went to the locker room with a commanding 35-8 lead.
While O'Connell led the Nighthawks with nine points, the scoring was evenly distributed. Sophomore forward Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) nearly achieved a double-double in the first half tallying seven points in addition to her 10 boards. Even first year center Jamie Vankoeverden (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and senior guard Rachel Wyszynski (Wilbraham, Mass.) got in on the action. Mid-way through the half when senior guard Kendra Bannister (Washington, D.C.) found Vankoeverden wide open under the glass for the easy bucket while Wyszysnki connected with Bannister along the baseline moments later.
The offense remained red-hot when the teams came back for the start of the second half. After putting up seven points in the first half, White continued to stay on top of her game adding another eight points while Marsh was the sparkplug off the bench as the Nighthawks bench shut-out the Lynx bench in the period, 10-0, and 18-1 in the game.
With the win Newbury vaults over .500 on the season, improving to 8-7 and 6-2 in conference action while Lesley falls to 0-12 and 0-7 in the NECC. The Nighthawks return to the hard-court this weekend, Saturday January 21st, when they seek to sweep the season series against Bay Path College at 12:00 p.m.
Coming off a monster week, sophomore Katie Haney registered her fourth double-double of the season as she rounded out the Nighthawks in double figures tallying 11 points while ripping down 15 rebounds.