FARMINGTON, Maine - Nighthawks sophomore Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) scored a game-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds, leading the Newbury Nighthawks to a 58-45 victory over the UMaine Farmington Beavers on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at Dearborn Gymnasium.
Sanders shot 9-for-17 from the floor, including a 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. The four makes from distance are a new career-high. Senior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Beavers senior Haley Felkel (Cumberland, Maine) scored a team-high 11 points while sophomore McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine) added nine points off the bench.
After a tight 16 minutes to open the game, the Nighthawks used a 9-2 scoring run in the final 3:33 of the first half to take a 27-21 lead into the break.
The Nighthawks maintained the six-point lead through the third quarter and outscored UMaine Farmington 8-1 in the final three minutes of the game, en route to the 13-point Newbury win.
Newbury is off to a 2-1 start for the second consecutive year while the loss drops the Beavers to 0-4.
The Nighthawks start their New England Collegiate Conference schedule on Tuesday, hosting the Eastern Nazarene Lions at Pappas Gymnasium for a 5:00 p.m. tip. The game is the Nighthawks home opener and final game before the Thanksgiving break.