BROOKLINE, Mass. - Four Mariners finished the night with at least 11 points, led by freshman Amina Wiley (New Rochelle, N.Y.) scoring 18, as the Mitchell Mariners broke their two-game losing streak with an 81-44 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday night in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Wiley shot 7-of-14 from the floor and added a game-high 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double this season. Freshman Le'Sandra Turner (New Rochelle, N.Y.) scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Freshman Ramzie Jones (East Hartford, Conn.) added a career-high 15 points while senior Francesca Pinard (Arlington, Mass.) finished with 11 points.
Nighthawks senior Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) led the Nighthawks with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.) finished with nine points and three steals.
Mitchell came out of the gates strong, beginning the game on a 6-0 run, forcing a Nighthawks timeout less than two minutes into the game. As the Nighthawks closed to within three with 4:13 remaining in the first, Mitchell would end the quarter on an 8-0 run, giving them a 22-11 lead after one.
The Mariners lead grew in the second with the help of an 11-2 scoring run over the span of 3:19. Mitchell would lead by as many as 23 points but took a 45-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Turner and Jones both had 10 points in the first half, in which Mitchell shot 51.4 percent as a team.
Mitchell's lead continued to grow in the third as the Mariners had the Nighthawks down by 29 late in the third and the advantage would continue to swell to the eventual 37-point differential, as the Mariners took the 81-44 victory.
In total, the Mariners scored 40 points in the paint, 37 points off turnovers, 20 fast break points, and 15 second-chance points.
The win moves the Mariners to 11-8 (10-2 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 7-12 (5-7 NECC).
Up next for the Nighthawks is a Saturday matinee at Southern Vermont, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Mariners also carry on with a Saturday matinee, hosting Bay Path University at noon.