Balanced Attack Lifts Eagles Past Women’s Basketball

Leicester, Mass. --- Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) scored a game-high 23 points with 16 rebounds as Daniel Webster bested Becker, 80-57 in NECC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium. The Eagles of Daniel Webster climb to 7-5 with a 3-2 record in NECC contests while the Hawks of Becker fall to 1-11 with a 1-5 mark in conference games.

 The teams started by exchanging baskets early on, as the visitors opened up a 9-5 lead off a jumper by Jennifer Fredericks (Beacon Falls, Conn.).Later, the Hawks pulled within one courtesy of a hook from Jacqueline Chila (Monroe, Conn.), only for the Eagles to immediately answer with a 3-pointer by Alyssa Marson (Augusta, Maine). Marson was on fire in the first half, shooting 3-of-3 from downtown with nine points off the bench for Daniel Webster. The visitors continued to build on their lead, going up 36-18 off a layup by Gervais with 3:03 remaining. Kristina Desnoyers (Adams, Mass.) hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the period to pull Becker to within 17 going into halftime. Fredericks led all scorers with 12 points in the half. The Eagles shot 45 percent from downtown in the first stanza, and their ten offensive rebounds proved decisive.

The Hawks began the second period with renewed aggression, outscoring the Eagles 7-4 in the opening minutes, including back-to-back layups by Haley Ooms (Valatie, N.Y.). Later in the half, a 3-pointer from Becker's Chelsea Joubert (Westborough, Mass.) cut the lead to 53-39 with 13:48 remaining in the game. Three minutes later, Joubert hit another three to pull the Hawks to 59-45. It would not be enough, as Daniel Webster continued to pound the ball inside and fight for every loose ball and rebound. Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) was the story of the second half for the Eagles, scoring 16 points and hitting a 3-pointer with 4:06 remaining in the game to put Daniel Webster up 76-51, their largest lead of the day. Becker would not threaten again.

Gervais was a dominant force inside for Daniel Webster, with eight of her 16 boards coming at the offensive end. Fredericks also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 6-of-7 from the floor. Murphy finished with 20. Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) filled up the stat line with ten points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Eagles enjoyed a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points.

Tatiana Mojica (Worcester, Mass.) led the Hawks with 13 points, nine rebounds and a block.  

Desnoyers added 12 points along with eight rebounds and four assists. Ooms had a game-high seven assists along with eight points. Joubert added 11 points and three steals. Chila hit all four of her shots off the bench to finish with eight points while pulling down seven rebounds.

Becker will play next on Tuesday, January 17th, as they host the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont. Daniel Webster will be back in action on Monday, January 16th, when they host the Wildcats of Bay Path