Score: Newbury College 63, Dean College 58
Records: Newbury College (12-7, 9-1 NECC), Dean College (9-6, 6-2 NECC)
Location: Pappas Gymnasium, Brookline, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM
Jaymesha Sanders racked up 24 points and 24 rebounds to carry Newbury College to a hard fought 63-58 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
The win for the Nighthawks avenges a 70-66 defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs back on December 6th – their only conference loss. With tonight' victory, Newbury improves to 9-1 in league contests – 1.5 games ahead of second-place Dean.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs saw their 13-point second quarter lead evaporate into a 47-47 score at the end of three periods.
Dean did take a 49-47 lead after Shania Springer (Bayshore, N.Y.) muscled her way inside for a basket a little more than two minutes into the quarter.
With the score tied at 49-49 moments later, Sanders drilled a top-of-the-key three-pointer to put the Nighthawks in front and then a three-point play from Savannah Olsen pushed the Newbury lead even further with exactly five minutes left.
Springer's layup earlier in the frame would be the only Bulldogs' basket for more than four minutes until a Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) jumped broke the spell and had Dean within four at 57-53.
Cleveland helped to inch the Bulldogs closer by finding Sophia Corbitt (Framingham, Mass.) for an easy deuce that made the score 57-55.
The teams traded free throws over the next two minutes and when Cleveland scored off of an inbounds pass, the Bulldogs closed the gap to 61-58 with 15 seconds to go, but Olsen made two from the charity stripe to seal the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Amazingly, the Nighthawks only had four student-athletes score – and the fourth one didn't get into the scorebook until 35 minutes had gone off the clock.
In addition to Sanders, Destiny Spears finished with 19 points, while Tatianna Occeana chipped in with 15 of her own.
Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) was the lone Bulldog in double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Corbitt provided eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
Dean returns to action on Thursday when they play host to Eastern Connecticut. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM.