LEICESTER, Mass. – Seniors Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass.) and Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.), and sophomore Riley Berry (Margate, Fla.) combined for 48 of the Hawks 70 points, as a balanced Becker attack led the Hawks to a 70-56 win over the Elms Blazers on Tuesday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.
January 21, 2020
Score: Becker 70 – Elms 56
Records: The Becker College Hawks 5-10 (4-2 NECC) | The Elms College Blazers 5-12 (2-5 NECC)
The Blazers trailed by eight at halftime and came out with some early momentum, scoring six of the first eight points of the half to pull within four, 36-32.
Berry answered the Blazers spurt, going on her very own 8-0 run in 59 seconds, stretching the lead back out to a dozen. Berry shot 3-for-3, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, in her run that saw Becker take a 44-32 lead.
Berry, Ware, and freshman Natasha Pacheco (Fairfax, Va.) scored all of Becker's 21 points in the third quarter, shooting a combined 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point range, as the Hawks led 55-39 through three quarters.
The Hawks stretched their lead to as many as 19 late in the fourth quarter as Becker picked up their second-straight victory in the 14-point win.
After a 14-14 first quarter score and trading baskets early in the second quarter, the Hawks took the first substantial lead of the game, using a 12-2 run over 4:41 to take a 10-point lead late in the first half. Harrison scored seven of the 12 points in the Hawks run that saw Becker lead 30-20.
Elms cut the deficit to six in the final seconds but a buzzer-beating layup for Hawks freshman Kira Clinkscale (Framingham, Mass.) send the Hawks into halftime with a 34-26 lead.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Ware finished with a season-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes. Ware shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, marking a new career-high with four made three-point field goals.
- Berry, who entered the game coming off a career-high 21 points vs. Dean, finished with 16 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, in 23 minutes off the bench.
- Harrison did much of her damage in the first half, finishing the night with 14 points and seven steals in 30 minutes.
FOR THE BLAZERS
- Senior Daija Black (Germantown, Md.) scored 11 points to go with six rebounds in 23 minutes.
- Senior Rachel Granger (Hampden, Mass.) matched Black's stat line with 11 and six in 23 minutes.
- Junior Waleska Kelly (Central Falls, R.I.) led all players with 12 rebounds while adding five points on the night.
The Hawks travel to New England College on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. tip. The Blazers continue their schedule with a Saturday game, hosting Mitchell at 1:00 p.m.