BROOKLINE, Mass. - On a free throw in the first quarter with 2:31 remaining, Nighthawks junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) became the fourth player in program history to record her 1,000th career point, on her way to a season-high 23 points as the Nighthawks defeated the Elms Blazers, 79-40, on Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Olsen needed only 66 games to reach the 1,000 point mark, by far the fastest player in Nighthawks history to reach the milestone beating the old mark by 11 games.
Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) finished with 17 points, including 15 in the second half while also adding 12 rebounds. Senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) scored 16 points in the win and recorded five steals.
Blazers sophomore Regina Leblanc (Enfield, Conn.) led the Blazers with 11 points. Junior Niah Pantry (New Haven, Conn.) added nine points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Sophomore Kayla Soto (New Britain, Conn.) came off the bench for eight points.
The Nighthawks started strong scoring the first seven points of the game. The Nighthawks would extend their lead with another 7-0 run to lead 17-9 after one quarter. The Nighthawks shot 7-of-12 in the opening quarter. Olsen had 10 points.
In the second, a 10-0 run to open the quarter would further extend the Nighthawks advantage, 27-9. In total, the Nighthawks outscored the Blazers 16-8 in the quarter to lead 33-17 at the half.
Another explosive quarter in the third for the Nighthawks would give them a 55-28 lead after three quarters and a 24-12 fourth quarter edge would bring the Nighthawks to the 79-40 victory. The Nighthawks shot just better than 47 percent for the game while holding their opponents to 14-for-58 shooting.
"It was a great team win today," said Head Coach Marc Taney. "Every player that stepped on the court executed their heads and their hearts on both ends of the court. We need to continue to work and focus each game."
The victory moves the Nighthawks to 7-6 (4-1 NECC), the best five-game start in the conference for the Nighthawks since 2012-13. The loss drops the Blazers to 1-7 (0-3 NECC).
The Nighthawks return to play for out-of-conference action on Wednesday as they welcome Connecticut College to Pappas Gymnasium for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Blazers also play out-of-conference for their next game, a Monday evening tip as they host SUNY Cobleskill at 6:00 p.m.