ITHACA, NY. – The New England College women's basketball team's season came to a close following a 72-54 loss to Ithaca College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening.
The Bombers struck first as they scored just three seconds into the game and were able to maintain that lead for the first few minutes at 6-4. From there the Pilgrims took over as they went on a 13-0 run including two deep three from Rene Hudson for a 17-6 lead with three minutes left in the quarter. Ithaca was able to regain their footing but New England College was able to maintain control as they closed the quarter with a 23-16 lead.
NEC opened the second quarter with yet another three from Rene Hudson her fifth of the game at that point as they held their lead. The Bombers then slowly started to close the gap as they cut the lead to 30-28 halfway through the quarter. Ithaca held a brief lead late in the quarter but the Pilgrims hit a three with three seconds left to head into the break, up 39-38.
Things started to shift towards the Bombers as they reclaimed the lead early in the third quarter. New England College was able to keep pace, as things remained competitive. Ithaca was able to push their lead to 47-43 halfway through the quarter. The Bombers held strong as they went into the final frame of play up 53-48.
Ithaca came out hot in the fourth quarter as they went on an 11-2 run to build a 64-50 lead over the first five minutes. The Bombers maintained control down the stretch as they held the lead at 68-53 lead with 1:36 left to play.
Rene Hudson finished the game with 23 points to push her career total to 1,974. She closes out her career as the all-time leading scorer for the program and has scored more points than any player men's or women's in school history.
The Pilgrims tie their record for wins in a season with 21 wins which they have done two other times (2014-15 and 2016-17) and closed out each of those seasons at 21-7.
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 NEC Sports Information)