CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nighthawks senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) filled the box score tonight, once again just out of reach of a triple-double, finishing the game with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and nine steals as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Lesley Lynx, 91-48 on Tuesday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Spears nine steals are a new program record. She previously set the record with eight steals earlier this season. Spears was also one of seven Nighthawks to finish in double figures on the evening.
Junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) and freshmen Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) and Maggie Maplethorpe (Anthem, Ariz.) all finished with 12 points. Junior Kristen Connors (Wilmington, Mass.) scored 11 points in a career-high 35 minutes. Freshman Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.) also finished with 11 points while junior Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) was the final Nighthawk in double figures with 10 points.
Lynx sophomore Dakota Jones (Torrance, Calif.) finished with a team-high 20 points while grabbing 20 rebounds for her second career 20-20 game. Sophomore Linda Wallentine (Monroe Township, N.J.) added 10 points.
The sides battled for control in the early going as the Lynx defense was holding strong for much of the quarter. But the Nighthawks finished the first on a 12-0 run in the final 2:19 to lead 18-8 after the first. Five different Nighthawks scored in the course of that run.
The Lynx defense was strong again to start the second quarter, holding the Nighthawks scoreless for a 4:13 span. After the Lynx cut the deficit to eight, the Nighthawks, once again, used a quarter-finishing run, this time of 8-0, to lead by 16 at the half. Kelley scored six of the eight points in the run in the final 2:24.
The Nighthawks were lights out in the third quarter, scoring 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Occena scored nine points in the quarter, which saw Newbury take a 62-33 lead headed for the fourth. The Nighthawks again used a quarter-ending run of 7-0 to expand their lead.
The Nighthawks scored 29 again in the fourth, once again shooting 11-for-19 from the field. Spears scored 12 points in the quarter on the way to the win. The 58 total second-half points are the most points scored in any half this season by the Nighthawks.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 16-8 (13-2 NECC) while the loss drops the Lynx to 4-20 (4-11 NECC). Newbury's 16 wins are the most since 2011-12.
The Nighthawks will seek their best regular season since 1999-2000 as they travel to Bay Path University on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. tip.