LEICESTER, Mass. – The Becker women's basketball team was defeated by New England College (NEC) in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, as the Pilgrims overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half and outscored the Hawks 23-12 in the third quarter to get back into the game and, in turn, win 63-58.
November 27, 2018
Score: NEC 63, Becker 58
Records: NEC (3-3, 2-0 NECC) | Becker (3-3, 1-1 NECC)
NEC took a quick 6-0 lead on buckets from Mariah Thomas (Cypress, Texas) and Kayla Goldring (Hollywood, Md.). Becker came right back and matched the score on points from Jazlyn Contreras (Pawtucket, R.I.), Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.), and Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass.). Becker took its first lead of the game with 3:06 on the clock in the first period. Becker headed into the second quarter ahead 17-9 from consecutive Dowdy layups.
The Hawks did not allow the Pilgrims to get within less than six points, and increased their lead to 11 midway through the second. The Hawks kept their distance from the Pilgirms and led 32-23 heading into the intermission.
Dowdy led all scoring at the half with 13 points on five baskets and one free throw. Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) had the second-most points with eight on three field goals and two free throws.
Becker kept their nine-plus lead until NEC's Rene Hudson (Gallatin, Tenn.) ignited a 7-0 pilgrim run with a triple halfway through the third quarter. Following a Becker layup from Harrison, Hudson drained another trey to get the Pilgrims within three with 3:07 remaining in the third. NEC's Hudson came through with her third three-pointer with 20 seconds to go to give the Pilgrims a 46-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
Asia Jones (Boynton Beach, Fla.) opened up the fourth quarter with a shot beyond the arc on the left side to give the Pilgrims a five-point advantage. Becker's Dowdy and Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) helped the Hawks get the lead back, but Hudson and Goldring put the Pilgrims back ahead. Hudson continued her scoring under three minutes remaining and assisted in giving NEC a five point lead with 21 seconds on the clock. The Pilgrims prevailed 63-58.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- NEC's Hudson finished with a team-high 23 points, including four three-pointers, and a game-high four steals.
- Becker's Dowdy posted a game-high 25 points on 11 baskets and three free throws. She also was the game-leader in rebounds with eight.
- Harrison collected 16 points for the Hawks and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
- The Pilgrims held a 40-38 edge in rebounds.
- Becker shot 37.9% from the field, while NEC stood at 40%.
- Each team had 18 turnovers throughout the contest.
NEC travels to Williamstown on Friday (Nov. 30) to tipoff against Tufts in game one of two at the Williams Tournament. Becker hits the road this Saturday (Dec. 1), playing Elms in a 1 p.m. league game.
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