BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Newbury College combination of Jaymesha Sanders and Jada Gee combined for 48 points, leading the Nighthawks offense in their 87-84 victory over Dean on Tuesday night in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Sanders finished with 26 points along with 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. Gee went the full 40 minutes, scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) scored a game-high 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Freshman Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) scored 22 points to go with 13 rebounds. Senior Amanda Miressi (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had 11 points off the bench.
The Nighthawks looked to have the game in hand with 2:01 remaining and leading by 13. However, Rudder and Pina combined for eight of Dean's final 12 points to cut the deficit down to 87-84 with 27 seconds remaining.
Occena had a chance to extend the Nighthawks lead to five, but missed a pair of foul shots, setting up Dean to have an opportunity to tie the game with the last possession.
The Bulldogs had two cracks at the tie but Miressi missed her shot from the left wing with 11 seconds left and Pina missed her attempt from the right wing with four seconds. The Bulldogs could not get a final shot at the tie before time expired.
Newbury shot 53.3 percent (32-for-60) and 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from beyond the arc - both season-highs.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 6-9 (4-5 NECC) while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 5-10 (3-5 NECC).
Both teams are in action on Thursday night. Newbury travels to Emmanuel for a 7:00 p.m. tip while the Bulldogs head to Bay Path for a 5:00 p.m. game.