LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's basketball lost 61-55 to visiting Newbury College In a matchup of two of the top three teams in the New England Collegiate Conference standings on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium.
The Hawks of Becker (7-6, 3-2 NECC) were led by sophomore guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough) with 25 points, including 20 in the first half. Harrison also finished with six rebounds and three steals. Junior forward Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn. / Hill Regional Career) posted her fifth double-double of the season, pulling down a game-high 15 boards and scoring 11 points with two steals. Junior guard Katey Anderson (Beachwood, N.J. / Toms River) finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals while junior guard Avrie Bassingthwaite (Swanzey, N.H. / Monadnock Regional) came off the bench to pull down a season-high six rebounds. Collectively, Becker shot a season-high 84.2 percent from the free throw line.
The Nighthawks of Newbury (8-7, 5-1 NECC) were led by senior forward Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck Senior) with 14 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, three assists and one block. Freshman guard Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y. / Paramus Catholic) posted 13 points with four boards, while junior guard Taylor Kelly (North Billerica, Mass. / Billerica Memorial) and junior forward Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich. / Lakeview) each finished with 12 points. As a team, Newbury shot 46.2 percent from behind the arc.
In the first half, Newbury led by as much as eight, holding a 29-21 lead with 3:14 to go in the second quarter. Becker answered with a 7-0 run with four of those points coming from Harrison to pull to within one. With the Hawks down two with nine seconds remaining in the period, Harrison buried a three to give Becker a 31-30 lead going into halftime. Harrison carried the load in the first half with 20 points.
In the third quarter, the Nighthawks opened by scoring the first two baskets to take the lead. With 5:11 left and the Hawks down one, Anderson was fouled on a made three-pointer and completed the four-point play to give Becker the 37-34 advantage. Back came Newbury, scoring six straight points to take a three point lead with 59 seconds left. With Becker still down three with four seconds to go, the hosts capitalized on a personal foul and a technical foul, with Harrison and Dowdy making four straight shots to put the Hawks back up by one, 43-42, entering the final stanza.
Newbury burst out of the gate in the fourth with an 8-3 run, going ahead 52-46 off a layup from Spears with 6:14 to go. After Becker pulled to within one on a jumper from sophomore guard Kelsey Maynard (Millville, Mass. / Tri-County Vocational), Newbury answered with six straight points to go up by seven with 2:14 to go, once against capped off by a basket from Spears. The host Hawks were unable to summon another rally, and the Nighthawks came away with the win.
With the victory, Newbury is now in the driver's seat for the number one overall seed in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament.
Becker will play their next game on Tuesday night when they travel to Wheelock College for a 6:30 p.m. game. Newbury heads home to face Lesley University on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
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