#4 Becker Surges Past #5 Dean in NECC First Round

#4 Becker Surges Past #5 Dean in NECC First Round

LEICESTER, Mass.- The Becker College women's basketball team hit a season-best 15 three-pointers as they won their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) quarterfinals game 82-74 over visiting Dean College on Tuesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium on the campus of Becker College in Leicester.

Becker senior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough), playing in the final home game of her storied career, overcame a 1-for-6 shooting start and made nine of her next 11 shots, going 10-for-17 overall and 6-for-11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points to lead the Hawks.

Senior forward Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass. / Quabbin Regional) came up big for the Hawks with a career-high 19 points with six assists, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Ware shot 4-of-5 from downtown.

Sophomore guard Riley Berry (Margate, Fla. / Piper) carried the Hawks early on, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Berry went 4-of-8 from three-point land.

Junior guard Jazlyn Contreras (Pawtucket, R.I. / St. Mary Academy Bay View) dished out a career-high ten assists with nine points and three rebounds. The Hawks had a huge advantage in three-point shooting, going 15-of-27 from behind the arc compared to 2-of-9 for the Bulldogs. Contreras dropped a floater in the paint to close out the first half, giving Becker a slight 35-34 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Hawks shooting was red-hot, as they went 11-of-17 overall and 6-of-8 from behind the arc to finish the quarter with 28 points in just ten minutes. A 17-4 run early on would give Becker the lead for good, and the Hawks led by as much as 21 with 6:32 to go in the game off a three from Berry at 71-50. The Bulldogs would not go down without a fight, as they pulled to within seven before the final buzzer.

Dean sophomore forward Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass. / Central) put the Bulldogs on her back and scored a game-high 32 points with 15 rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Freshman forward Alexah Potter (East Hartford, Conn. / Howell Cheney) was a force inside with 20 points and nine boards. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Hawks, 47-28.

The Hawks advance to the NECC semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. They'll face top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College on the road on Thursday in a 7:00 p.m. game.

ABOUT THE NECC 

The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.

(Story courtesy of Becker Sports Information)