CHICOPEE, Mass. - With 0.6 seconds remaining, Blazers sophomore Molly Moulton (North Adams, Mass.) nailed a running jumper from the right elbow, beating the buzzer, as the Elms Blazers handed the Newbury Nighthawks their first New England Collegiate Conference loss in nearly two months, 67-66 on Saturday afternoon from the Maguire Center.
Blazers senior Mackenzie LaRochelle (Chicopee, Mass.) led the way for the Blazers with 19 points and six rebounds. Niah Pantry (New Haven, Conn.) recorded her seventh straight double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Moulton finished with 13 points.
Nighthawks junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) tallied a game-high 27 points to go with nine rebounds. Freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) was unstoppable on the glass. She pulled down 21 boards, 11 of them offensive. Sanders finished with a double-double, as she had 11 points to go along with her 21 rebounds. It's the third time this season Sanders has finished with at least 20 rebounds.
The Blazers held a three point lead after making 1-of-2 free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining. Nighthawks freshman Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.) looked to have stolen the win as her three-point field goal was good as she was fouled. Occena made the free throw, completing the four-point play and giving the Nighthawks a 66-65 lead with 4.7 seconds remaining.
The Nighthawks trailed by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, coming back thanks to a 12-4 run to tie the game at 62-62.
The win moves the Blazers to 7-11 (6-5 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 14-8 (11-2 NECC). The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Nighthawks and is their first NECC loss since Dec. 6.
The Nighthawks have a week off and return to play for Senior Day on Feb. 10 as they welcome the Becker Hawks to Pappas Gymnasium for a 1:00 p.m. tip.