Three-Point bonanza sees Women's Hoops surge past Bulldogs in NECCs

Cassidy Harrison

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's basketball team hit a season-best 15 three-pointers as they won their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) quarterfinals game 82-74 over visiting Dean College on Tuesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.

THE BASICS
February 25, 2020
Leicester Gymnasium, Leicester, Mass.
Score: Becker 82, Dean 74
Records: The Hawks of Becker 12-14 | The Bulldogs of Dean 6-20

FOR THE HAWKS OF BECKER

  • Becker senior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough) playing in the final home game of her storied career, overcame a 1-for-6 shooting start and made nine of her next 11 shots, going 10-for-17 overall and 6-for-11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points to lead the Hawks.
  • Senior forward Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass. / Quabbin Regional) came up big for the Hawks with a career-high 19 points with six assists, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Ware shot 4-of-5 from downtown.
  • Sophomore guard Riley Berry (Margate, Fla. / Piper) carried the Hawks early on, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Berry went 4-of-8 from three-point land.
  • Junior guard Jazlyn Contreras (Pawtucket, R.I. / St. Mary Academy Bay View) dished out a career-high ten assists with nine points and three rebounds.
  • The Hawks had a huge advantage in three-point shooting, going 15-of-27 from behind the arc compared to 2-of-9 for the Bulldogs.

FOR THE BULLDOGS OF DEAN

  • Dean sophomore forward Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass. / Central) put the Bulldogs on her back and scored a game-high 32 points with 15 rebounds, five steals and three assists.
  • Freshman forward Alexah Potter (East Hartford, Conn. / Howell Cheney) was a force inside with 20 points and nine boards.
  • The Bulldogs outrebounded the Hawks, 47-28.

TURNING POINT

  • Contreras dropped a floater in the paint to close out the first half, giving Becker a slight 35-34 lead going into halftime.
  • In the third quarter, the Hawks shooting was red-hot, as they went 11-of-17 overall and 6-of-8 from behind the arc to finish the quarter with 28 points in just ten minutes. A 17-4 run early on would give Becker the lead for good, and the Hawks led by as much as 21 with 6:32 to go in the game off a three from Berry at 71-50. The Bulldogs would not go down without a fight, as they pulled to within seven before the final buzzer.

UP NEXT
The Hawks advance to the NECC semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. They'll face top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College on the road on Thursday in a 7:00 p.m. game.

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