The Newbury College women's basketball team completed the season sweep, defeating Becker College, 56-49, Saturday afternoon. First year point guard Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, N.H.) netted a career single-game high dropping 21 on the Hawks en route to the victory.
Newbury came out of the gate strong. Senior guard Nicole Silvia (Berkley, Mass.) and Roeser knocked down back-to-back treys to open the game and spark a quick 11-2 Nighthawk run however the Hawks answered. Midway through the half, junior forward Tatiana Mojica (Worcester, Mass.) ignited a 10-minute, 12-2 Becker run to take their first lead of the game, 14-11, with six minutes remain.
The Hawks lead did not last for long. On the next possession, senior center Catherine O'Connell (Quincy, Mass.) found Roeser open at the perimeter for her second three-pointer of the half to knot up the score at 14. Two minutes later the New Hampshire native capped off a 10-0 Nighthawk run picking the pocket of junior forward Melissa Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) and took it back down court for the fast-break lay-up to give Newbury, the 21-14 lead.
After going into the locker room with a nine-point, 29-20, cushion, the Nighthawks continued to keep the pressure on the Hawks when the teams returned to the court at the start of the second. First year guard Alex Pezzella (Rockland, Mass.) capped off a 10-0 run to start the half, draining a long range trey to jump out in front, 42-20 before Becker got on the board in the second.
With just under seven minutes left to play in the contest, sophomore guard Nephie Marsh (Brockton, Mass.) gave the Nighthawks their largest lead of the game, 48-24, draining a mid-range jumper. Moments later, Rhodes knocked down the Hawks first field goal of the half to cut the lead back down to 21.
The Hawks were not going away quietly as they outscored the Nighthawks, 29-27 in second half. Junior guard Haley Ooms (Valatie, N.Y.), who led Becker with a team-high 15 points, registered five points in an 11-0 in the last minute of the contest to cut deficit to single digits. But it was not enough as Newbury escaped with the seven-point, 56-49 victory.
Newbury improves 7-3 in the conference and 9-8 overall while Becker falls to 4-13 and 3-7 in NECC action. The Nighthawks return to the hard-court when they host Mitchell College in the first game of Tuesday January 29's twin-bill at 6:00 p.m. The Hawks will also be in action on Tuesday when they host Southern Vermont College at 7:00 p.m. in Leicester, Mass.
Junior forward Claudia LeConte (Framingham, Mass.) registered an individual career single-game high seven rebounds including ripping down an offensive board then connecting with fellow junior forward Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) to give Newbury the 46-24 lead with nine minutes remaining.