The Newbury College women's basketball team dropped the 2013-14 season opener to UMaine-Presque Isle, 43-38, Saturday evening. Sophomore point guard Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, N.H.) registered her first collegiate career double-double, netting 11 points while ripping down a career single-game high 15 rebounds against the Owls.
UMaine-Presque Isle jumped out to the quick, 9-0 lead, taking advantage of early Newbury turnovers, however the Nighthawks battled back. Sophomore guard Alex Pezzella (Rockland, Mass.), who led the Nighthawks with a game-high 16 points, knocked down a pair of free throws to spark a 6-0 Nighthawk run to cut the deficit down to three.
Midway through the first half, Roeser pulled Newbury made it a one possession game, pulling the Nighthawks to within two points of the lead. However, the Owls' Amanda Hotham answered with a jumper of her own to ignite a 10-0 run for Maine-Presque Isle as the Owls went into halftime with a 23-11.
When the teams emerged from the locker room at the start of the second period, the Nighthawks were not going to go away easily. Pezzella led the way netting 10 points while senior forward Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) registered six points - including going four-for-six from the charity stripe - and seven rebounds in the half as Newbury outscored UMaine-Presque Isle, 27-20, in the second. But it was not enough.
The Owls' Sydney Churchill came off the bench and led Presque Isle, netting a team-high 12 points while McNally followed up, notching her first double-double of the season, tallying 11 points and 11 boards.
Newbury falls to 0-1 while UMaine-Presque Isle opens the season at 1-0. The Nighthawks look to improve to 1-1 when they tip-off against UMaine-Fort Kent tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m.
Sophomore guard Katelyn Roeser's (Nashua, N.H.) team-high 15 rebounds surpassed her previous career single-game high...