Women's Basketball ends season at NECC Finals

WBB Team Huddle

HENNIKER, N.H. --- The third-seeded Becker College women's basketball team saw their season come to an end with a 61-40 loss at top-seeded New England College on Saturday afternoon in the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship Tournament at the Bridges Gymnasium in Henniker, New Hampshire.

THE BASICS
February 23, 2019
Bridges Gymnasium, Henniker, New Hampshire
Score: NEC 61, Becker 40
Records: NEC (19-9) | Becker (20-8)

FOR THE HAWKS
• Junior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough) led Becker with 16 points and four steals. For leading the Hawks to the final round of the tournament, Harrison was named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight season.
• Senior forward Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass. / Shepherd Hill Regional), playing in the final game of her storied career, finished with a team-high nine rebounds, eight points, two steals, two assists and one block.
• Senior forward Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn. / Hill Regional Career), Becker's all-time leading rebounder, finished with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.
• Junior forward Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass. / Quabbin Regional) was also named to the All-Tournament team, for her performances in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
• Sophomore guard Jazlyn Contreras (Pawtucket, R.I. / St. Mary Academy Bay View) dished out three assists with two points and two steals.

FOR THE PILGRIMS
• Junior guard Rene Hudson (Gallatin, Tenn./Gallatin) led New England College with 28 points, going 7-of-11 from downtown with ten rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
• Junior guard Jaz Laracuente (Dorchester, Mass. / New Mission) finished with 10 points, three assists and three blocks.
• Junior forward Daleia Boutwell (Dorchester, Mass. / Lexington) added seven points and three boards.
• Freshman forward Kayla Goldring (Hollywood, Md. / Leonardtown) added four points and five boards.
• NEC outshot Becker, 42.3 percent to 26.3 percent.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Hawks trailed from the opening basket, and were behind 13-5 with 3:53 to go in the first quarter. Becker would rally, pulling to within two off a layup from Harrison with 43 seconds left in the opening stanza. The quarter ended with the Pilgrims leading 15-11.
• Early in the second quarter, NEC exploded with a 13-2 run as the hosts started to pull away. Freshman guard Brianna Pierreval (Boynton Beach, Fla. / West Boca) hit two free throws to put the Pilgrims ahead 28-14 with 5:36 left in the first half. Once again, the Hawks found themselves desperately chipping away at the lead as Dowdy made a layup just before halftime to pull them to within six at 32-26. Hudson led all scorers at the break with 17 points while Harrison led Becker with 11.
• In the third quarter, New England College once again pulled away, and this time Becker would have no answer. Hudson hit a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter to put the Pilgrims up by 19 and the hawks never threatened again.

HISTORIC SEASON
The 2018-2019 season was truly a benchmark year for the Hawks.
• With 20 victories, this year's team is the winningest in Becker history. Their .714 winning percentage is their highest since joining the NCAA 21 years ago. With their seven-game winning streak from February 8th to February 22nd, the Hawks matched their program record for the longest winning streak in team history for the NCAA era, set during the 2007-2008 season.
• The team's 15-3 record in NECC games is the best since joining the conference in 2009.
• Harrison and Dowdy became the eighth and ninth players, respectively, to join the 1000 career point scoring list, and are the first new additions to the list since 2014.
• Dowdy set the school record in career rebounds, passing the previous record of 1007. As of press time, she is one of just nine active players in the nation with both 1000 career points and 1000 career rebounds, and is the first in Becker history to reach that milestone.
• Harrison, Dowdy and McKissick were all voted to the NECC All-Conference team, the most All-Conference selections the Hawks have picked up since joining the NECC in 2009.
• McKissick led the NECC in assists per game despite playing every game at forward.
• Harrison set a school record for free-throw shooting in the NCAA era, as she shot 85.5 percent from the line to break the previous record of .833 set by her teammate, senior guard Katey Anderson (Beachwood, N.J. / Toms River), in 2015-2016. Harrison also tied a school record for steals in a single game with ten against Newbury College in the NECC quarterfinals.

UP NEXT
Congratulations to the whole team on the conclusion of their season.

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