McKissick, Women's Basketball down Newbury in Finals Rematch

Ciara McKissick

BROOKLINE, Mass. --- The Becker College women's basketball team prevailed 62-56 at Newbury College on Friday night at the Pappas Gymnasium in Brookline, Massachusetts. The game was a rematch of last year's New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) finals, which saw the Hawks win 60-50 for their first NECC title.

December 7, 2018
Pappas Gymnasium, Brookline, Mass.
Score: Becker 62, Newbury 56
Records: Becker (6-4, 3-1 NECC) | Newbury (0-0)

• Becker senior forward Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass. / Shepherd Hill Regional) led the Hawks with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. It was McKissick's highest scoring total since she scored 21 points at Elms College on February 23rd, 2017.
• Becker senior forward Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn. / Hill Regional Career) pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds to go along with seven points.
• Becker junior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough) shook off early foul troubles to finish with 15 points and four rebounds.
• Becker senior guard Allie Ablondi (Thompson, Conn. / Tourtellotte Memorial) came off the bench and finished with 11 points, three boards and two assists.
• The Hawks held a huge advantage in reaching the line, taking 32 foul shots to the Nighthawks' eight.

• Newbury senior guard Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass. / Billerica Memorial) led the Nighthawks with 13 points.
• Newbury sophomore guard Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y. / Paramus Catholic) added 10 points on the night.
• Newbury senior forward Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich. / Lakeview) finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
• Newbury sophomore forward Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn. / West Haven) had a team-best 12 rebounds.

• Becker took a nine-point lead with 4:46 to go in the fourth quarter off a free throw from Dowdy. Newbury refused to go away, going on a 9-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Kelley to pull the Nighthawks to within two with 1:28 to go. Clinging to a two-point lead with 15 seconds left, the Hawks got the ball to Harrison, their best free-throw shooter. She went four-of-four from the line to put the game away.

The Hawks will now begin their winter break, but will be back on the court on Saturday, January 5th at 1:00 p.m. when they host the Pride of Regis College. The Nighthawks will bring in the New Year when they play in the Naismith Tournament hosted by Springfield College. They play Vassar College on Monday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m.

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