DANBURY, Conn. - The nation's highest scoring team got a game-high 25 points from junior Jancy Sherwood (Poughquag, N.Y.) as the Western Connecticut Colonials defeated the Newbury Nighthawks, 118-68, on Friday evening in the opening game of the West Conn. Hat City Tournament at Feldman Arena.
Colonials sophomore Genesis Torres (Stratford, Conn.) added 15 points, one of six Western Connecticut to score at least 12 points. Sophomore Jessica Davis (Hamden, Conn.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Nighthawks senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) and junior Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) both scored 15 points. Spears also added 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) scored 12 points in 24 minutes.
The Colonials were out of the gates quickly, starting the game on a 15-2 run in the opening three minutes. Sophomore Gabriella Hurlbert (Thomaston, Conn.) scored six points in the run. The Colonials led by at least 10 for the remainder of the quarter that saw them lead 30-12 after one.
The Nighthawks scored the first seven points of the second to pull within 11 at 30-19, however, the Colonials outscored the Nighthawks 33-13 from that point forward to lead 63-32 at the half. Torres had 12 of her 15 points after 20 minutes.
The Colonials came out of the locker room scoring eight points in the first minute to extend the lead further. Sherwood scored 16 of her points in the second half as the Colonials came out victorious by 50 over the Nighthawks. With her 25 points, Sherwood moves to fifth in the NCAA Division III in scoring average with 23.7 PPG.
The Colonials move to 6-4 with the victory while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 5-5. Both teams will wait to see their opponent for tomorrow as the winner of Maine Maritime and Trinity will face Western Connecticut in the Championship Game while the loser in that game will face the Nighthawks in the Consolation Game.