BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) scored a team-high 15 points on 7-for-17 shooting in 32 minutes, leading the Nighthawks over the Wheelock Wildcats, 53-34 on Tuesday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.
It's the most points for Kelley since returning from Winter Break. She scored 15 earlier this season at Western Connecticut. Senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and a new game record eight steals. The previous steals in a game record of seven was held by six other players. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) scored a dozen.
Wildcats junior Katie Walsh (East Islip, N.Y.) led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, the only player to record a double-double on the night. Junior Sarah Tobin (Salisbury, Mass.) scored 10 points, including a season-high two made three-point field goals.
The opening quarter was all Nighthawks as they started the game on an 11-2 run, ultimately leading after the opening 10 minutes, 17-7. Kelley led all scores in the first quarter with five points.
Much of the same in the second quarter as a 10-0 Nighthawks run, capped by a Kelley layup, stretched the lead to 27-10. The Nighthawks shot 50 percent in the opening half while the defense caused 18 turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Nighthawks took their largest lead of the night with a 9-0 run to end the frame, giving them a 44-19 lead, going to the fourth. The Wildcats opened the final quarter with a 6-0 run and ultimately outscored the Nighthawks 15-9 in the fourth as the Nighthawks cruised to their seventh straight victory.
The win for the Nighthawks moves them to 14-7 (11-1 NECC) while the loss drops the Wildcats to 5-11 (4-7 NECC).
The Nighthawks finished the month of January at 9-1, the best month on record for the Nighthawks program in history. The 14 wins are most since 2012-13 when the team went 15-11.
Next for the Nighthawks is a trip to Western Mass to face Elms College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats continue their season on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. tip as they host Mitchell.