BROOKLINE, Mass. --- The Becker College women's basketball team lost 60-54 at Newbury College on Saturday afternoon from Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference action.
Nighthawks senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) shined bright on Newbury's Senior Day, scoring a game-high 21 points while grabbing 15 rebounds.
The Nighthawks led by six at the half but Becker's third quarter changed the momentum for the Hawks. Becker used a 17-2 run spanning 4:10 to take a 47-39 lead in the third. Harrison and Contreras combined for 15 points in the run that gave the Hawks an eight-point lead. Becker took a four-point lead into the final quarter. In the third, Becker shot 6-for-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from deep and 7-of-8 at the line.
The Nighthawks responded to the Becker charge, embarking on a 16-4 run that spanned 7:17 in the fourth quarter as the Nighthawks overtook control 59-51 with 37 seconds remaining. Spears scored nine points in the run while Occena added five more.
Newbury finished the game shooting 5-of-13 from the field and 6-for-10 from the line while holding Becker to 3-of-19 shooting in the final frame.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 15-8 (12-2 NECC) while the loss drops Becker to 13-10 (9-5 NECC). It's the most wins in a season for the Nighthawks program since 2012-13.
Before the start of the game, Spears was recognized for her career achievements to Newbury Women's Basketball. Spears played all 40 minutes on 8-of-13 shooting. Freshman Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.) scored a career-high 17 points including 3-for-6 from the perimeter. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) scored eight points to go with 15 rebounds.
The Nighthawks season continues on Tuesday with an 8:00 p.m. game at Lesley. The Hawks also play Tuesday as they host Wheelock for a 7:00 p.m. tip.