Despite a game-high 22 points in 38 minutes, junior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) and the No. 6 Newbury Nighthawks have been eliminated from the playoffs in a 57-50 loss to the No. 3 Becker Hawks on Tuesday evening at Leicester Gymnasium.
After going 8-10 in the New England Collegiate Conference this season, the Nighthawks earned the sixth seed in the NECC Playoffs. Newbury travels to Central Massachusetts to battle the third-seeded Becker Hawks on Tuesday night; after the Hawks finished 13-5 in the NECC. Becker holds a pair of victories over the Nighthawks this season; a 59-50 win on Dec. 3 and 61-51 on Jan. 28. In the Nighthawks run to the finals last season, they were 0-2 against both their quarterfinal and semifinal opponent; a feat the Nighthawks will likely have to repeat to reach the finals in 2017.
Saturday afternoon wasn’t just a celebration of the senior class at Pappas Gymnasium, but a basket with 2:10 remaining gave junior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) her 1,000th career point in just three seasons with the Nighthawks.
Saturday afternoon the Nighthawks welcome the Wheelock Wildcats to Pappas Gymnasium; currently the fourth seed in the New England Collegiate Conference. Saturday is the final game for eight teams in the NECC. The Nighthawks, win or lose, are locked to the sixth seed in the NECC, while the Wildcats can finish anywhere between third and fifth, depending on a number of tiebreakers.
A team-high 19 points from senior Jessica Shepherd (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Mitchell Mariners to a 64-59 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Tuesday night at the Yarnell Athletic Center, in an important New England Collegiate Conference bout.
Nighthawks sophomore Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association Division III Player of the Week, for the week ending on Feb. 12. It is the first such award given to a Newbury College student-athlete from the USBWA in program history.
Tuesday night could go a long way in determining the seeding in the New England Collegiate Conference Playoffs as the Nighthawks drive south for a meeting with the Mitchell College Mariners. Mitchell sits in fourth in the NECC standings going into Tuesday's game, while the Nighthawks are sixth in the NECC.
For the second time this season Nighthawks sophomore Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) has been named Player of the Week by the New England Collegiate Conference, for the week ending on Feb. 12.
Nighthawks sophomore Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) set a pair of career-highs, posting 32 points and 25 rebounds, in the Nighthawks 83-78 overtime victory over the Daniel Webster Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium.
Saturday afternoon marks another important contest in the Nighthawks season as they welcome the Daniel Webster Eagles to Pappas Gymnasium. The Eagles have won two straight in the NECC, jumping to seventh in the NECC, just one game back of the Nighthawks. The Eagels got the better of the Nighthawks in the first meeting; a 76-64 Eagles victory. A victory is essential for both teams as hosting a playoff game in the NECC Quarterfinals is still up for grabs.