Leicester, Mass. - Down for most of the game, the Hawks of Becker rallied to defeat visiting Bay Path College, 63-60, in NECC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gym. Becker is now 6-14 with a 6-7 mark in the NECC standings, while the Wildcats of Bay Path fall to 4-15 and 4-9 in conference.
After falling behind 4-0 in the opening moments, the Hawks responded with three straight baskets to take the lead, capped off by a steal and a layup by Chelsea Joubert (Westborough, Mass.). The Wildcats answered with a 9-3 run to take a 15-9 after a 3-pointer from Brittney Alexander (Enfield, Conn.). Later in the opening period, Bay Path went on a 9-0 run to take a ten-point lead, sealed by a Nicole Delano (Enfield, Conn.) field goal. The Hawks would rally late in the first half, cutting the lead to two after a 3-pointer from Joubert. The Hawks finally tied the game at 26-26 after a layup from Jacqueline Chila (Monroe, Conn.) with 2:57 left in the first half. The teams exchanged five point runs to close the opening period, going into halftime tied 31-31. Bay Path was the better shooting team in the first half, hitting 52 percent of their shots, led by Kayla Skiffington (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who scored 16 points in the opening period, while shooting 8-of-11 from the floor. Quick hands by the Becker defenders helped keep the hosts in the game, as they enjoyed an 8-2 edge in steals, scoring 12 points off Bay Path turnovers. The Hawks also pulled down 13 offensive rebounds leading to nine second-chance points. Joubert led Becker with 13 points.
The Wildcats used good ball movement and tough defense in the opening minutes of the second half to embark on an 11-2 run, including back-to-back layups from Toni Alexander (Enfield, Conn.). Bay Path continued to be the aggressors, opening up a 13 point lead with 12:09 remaining in the game after a Delano layup. Once again Becker rallied, going on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to four after a jumper from Tatiana Mojica (Worcester, Mass.) with 9:40 left in the game. The deficit stayed the same until Joubert hit a huge three-pointer to pull the Hawks to within one at 59-58. Seconds later, Becker would take its first lead of the second half courtesy of a layup by Mojica. After a Bay Path free throw, the score was tied at 60 with a minute left when Kristina Desnoyers (Adams, Mass.) came to the line and calmly buried two free throws to give the Hawks a two-point advantage. The Hawks defense held on the following possession and Bay Path was forced to foul. A three-pointer that would have tied it from Alexander at the buzzer bounced off the rim, and Becker escaped with the victory.
Joubert and Mojica each had 19 points to lead the Hawks. Mojica also hauled in ten rebounds and tallied four steals while Joubert had game-highs of seven assists and five steals. Desnoyers filled up the stat line with 15 points, a game-high 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Michelle Griczika (Barre, Mass.) added six points and five rebounds. Chila contributed nine rebounds.
For the Wildcats, Skiffington was a dominant presence inside, finishing with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds while coming away with four steals. Brittney Alexander had 16 points and seven rebounds, shooting 3-of-4 from downtown. Toni Alexander dished out seven assists with seven points, four points and two blocks. Delano added six points and eight rebounds.
The Becker Hawks are back in action on Tuesday, February 7th, as they travel to Daniel Webster to take on the Eagles at 7p.m. The Bay Path Wildcats also play their next game on Tuesday when they head to Regis to take on the Pride.