First Half Press Lifts Hawks Over Blue Jays, 65-44

Cassidy Harrison

LEICESTER, Mass.  –  The Hawks defense and full-court press shined in the first half on Thursday as the Becker Hawks outscored the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) Blue Jays 36-13 in the opening half on their way to a 65-44 victory in non-conference play to round out January.

 

THE BASICS

January 30, 2020

Leicester Gymnasium

Score: Becker 65 – University of Saint Joseph 44

Records: The Becker College Hawks 7-12 | The University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays 9-10

 

GAME SUMMARY

After ending the opening quarter on a 12-2 run to lead by 10 points, the Hawks full-court press began to pay dividends in the second quarter as Becker forced nine turnovers with six steals, limiting the offensive opportunities for the Blue Jays.

In that second quarter, USJ cut the deficit to 18-10 on the first basket of the quarter by sophomore Katelyn Vazquez (Manchester, Conn.). From that made layup, the Hawks answered back with an 11-0 run spanning 3:01 to lead 29-10.

The full-court pressure by the Hawks played a significant role in the run as nine of the 11 points Becker scored in that span came off turnovers. Junior Julia Campellone (Bellingham, Mass.) and sophomore Riley Berry (Margate, Fla.) combined for all 11 points in the scoring outburst.

The Hawks outscored the Blue Jays 18-5 in the second quarter helping Becker lead 36-13 at the half.

The Hawks led by as many as 25 in the second half cruising to their fourth win in a six-game span with a 65-44 final.

 

FOR THE HAWKS

  • Senior Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) had game-highs with 21 points and six steals over 30 minutes.
  • Senior Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass.) finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and a season-high three blocks.
  • Berry chipped in 10 points and a career-high five assists.
  • Becker shot a season-high 46 percent from the floor, finishing 23-for-50 on the night.

 

FOR THE BLUE JAYS

  • Vazquez led the Blue Jays with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench.
  • Freshman Meredith Forman (Bristol, Conn.) added eight points in 20 minutes.
  • Junior Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.) finished with a team-high seven rebounds to go with four points and three assists.

 

UP NEXT

Both teams head back to conference play on Saturday with the Hawks facing Eastern Nazarene in New England Collegiate Conference action at Leicester Gym at 1:00 p.m. while the Blue Jays return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference play with a trip to Regis at noon.