Sanders 29 Points, 24 Rebounds Leads Nighthawks Past Bay Path

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) exploded for a career-high 29 points and 24 rebounds as the Newbury Nighthawks won their third-straight game by defeating the Bay Path Wildcats 94-28 on Thursday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference action.

The 94 points are a program record, breaking the previous mark of 89. The Nighthawks also shot 38-for-81 on the night setting a program-best in field goals made in a game.

Sanders becomes the second player in program history to finish a game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, joining teammate Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) as the only player ever to accomplish the feat. 

Olsen finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Precious Montgomery (Bridgeport, Conn.) scored a career-high 15 points while classmate Maggie Maplethorpe (Anthem, Ariz.) scored a career-high eight points.

Wildcats freshman Emmeline Bronson (Shelton, Conn.) scored a team-high 11 points. Juniors Jai Ruiz (Hadley, Mass.) and Haleigh Bassett (Millers Falls, Mass.) each scored four points off the bench.

The Nighthawks were off and running in a 31-point first quarter, the most points scored by the Nighthawks in a quarter since the NCAA adopted the rule in 2015.

Newbury shot 46.9 percent for the game, as well as 10-for-11 from the line. 

The win moves the Nighthawks to 10-7 (7-1 NECC) while the loss drops the Wildcats to 0-14 (0-8 NECC). The 10-7 mark is the best start through 17 games for the Nighthawks since 1999.

Newbury returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Southern Vermont for a 1:00 p.m. tip. The Wildcats carry on with a Saturday game as they travel to Dean College for a 1:00 p.m. tip, as well.