Nashua – Senior Erika Murphy's (Torrington, Conn.) layup with 1:06 remaining put visiting Elms College up for the first time in the second half and into the lead for good as the Blazers rallied from seven points down over the final five and a half minutes to post a 52-47 victory over host Daniel Webster in a New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball battle Saturday at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Denisha Parks (Fall River, Mass.) followed with a layup with 29 seconds left and the Blazers (11-5, 8-1 NECC) clinched it at the free throw line in the closing seconds to win their fourth straight and sixth in their last seven.
Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) led DWC (9-6, 5-3 NECC) with a game high 19 points and added nine rebounds as the Eagles saw their winning streak halted at four. Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) added nine points while Allyssa Marson (Augusta, Maine) notched eight and Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) chipped in with seven. Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.) added nine boards, four blocks and three steals.
Three Blazers notched double doubles. Parks led with 16 points and a game-best 16 boards, while Jen Normandie (Westford, Mass.) notched 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Murphy pulled in 10 points and 13 caroms. Carolyn Talmadge (Wilbraham, Mass.) had a game-high six assists with six points.
DWC hit just 25-percent from the field on the day and Elms finished with a convincing 63-41 advantage on the glass, pulling in 23 offensive boards, leading to 22 second chance points (DWC had 11) and finished ahead scoring in the paint, 30-20. Elms was also 10 of 11 from the line while the Eagles shot 50-percent (8-16).
DWC led by as many as nine in the opening frame and by six late before Elms cut it to four at the break (26-22). But DWC again built the lead to as many as nine (35-26) on a Gervais layup with 13:48 remaining before two layups from Parks helped close the gap to three (35-32) at the 12:13 mark.
Another Gervais layup made it a 45-38 game with 5:28 to go but the Eagles would be held to just two points the rest of the way. Paternostro sank two at the line for a 47-42 game with 2:27 left but back-to-back jumpers from Normandie and Emily Boucher (Ashburnham, Mass.) cut it to one (47-46) with 1:22 left, leading to Murphy's game-changer with 66 seconds left.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday hosting Newbury in a NECC contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. Elms hosts NECC foe Southern Vermont on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.