Nashua, NH – The senior duo of Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) and Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) notched 16 points apiece and fellow senior Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) added a double double with 12 points, a game high 10 rebounds along with three assists and three steals guiding host Daniel Webster past Becker College, 71-48 in a New England Collegiate Conference matchup Tuesday at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Freshman Allyssa Marson (Augusta, Maine) added nine points and Paternostro also dished off eight assists as the Eagles (14-7, 10-4 NECC) never trailed and won for the fifth time in their last six and ninth in their last 11. The win also kept DWC tied for third place in the NECC standings with Newbury College with four league games remaining.
Chelsea Joubert (Westborough, Mass.) led the Hawks (6-15, 6-8 NECC) with 16 points and five rebounds. Tatiana Mojica (Worcester, Mass.) picked up 10 points while Kristina Desnoyers (Adams, Mass.) added seven. Haley Ooms (Valatia, N.Y.) chipped in with five assists and five points.
Emily Travis (Somserset, Mass.) came off the bench to chip in with six points, six boards and two blocks for the hosts.
DWC held Becker scoreless over the first 6:18 building a 12-0 lead and pushed the advantage out to 31-8 after a Marson three-pointer as the Hawks struggled hitting on 28-percent in the opening frame.
Murphy, who was 7 of 8 from the floor in the opening stanza, added an inside move for the largest lead of the half (35-11) with 1:17 to go before Becker scored the final seven of the period including a Desnoyers jumper at the buzzer for a 35-17 game at the break.
A Joubert jumper and Desnoyers three cut the lead back to 14 (37-23) in the first two minutes of the second. A Paternostro three pushed DWC back out to a 20-point lead and Becker again whittled it to 15 on an Ooms three with 15:20 left.
DWC took control for good on two Paternostro layups, a Gervais trey and a Jennifer Fredericks (Beacon Falls, Conn.) jumper as part of a 9-2 spurt to regain a 24-point advantage with 10:13 left and Becker pulled no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
The Eagles would finish 38-percent from the field while Becker recovered with 42-percent shooting in the second to finish 35-percent on the night. DWC overwhelmed the Hawks on the boards (52-31) including a convincing 20-5 on the offensive glass leading to a 17-2 decision in second-chance points.
The Eagles head out on the road for their next three beginning with a stop at NECC rival Lesley on Thursday beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Becker hosts NECC foe Wheelock on Thursday, February 9th, at 7:00 p.m.