Nashua – The Daniel Webster women's basketball team held an 11-point early second half lead, saw visiting Newbury whittle the advantage down to one, and then held the Nighthawks to just four points over the final 10 minutes on the way to a convincing 76-52 victory in a key New England Collegiate Conference matchup Tuesday night at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Rookie Allyssa Marson (Augusta, Maine) led an Eagle blitz from outside the arc knocking down a game and career-high of 20 points with four three pointers, while senior Kacie Lang (Raymond, N.H.) exploded for 19 points going 7 of 8 from the field, a career high 5 of 6 from downtown, and scored DWC's first 11 points out of the gate.
Senior Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 15 points, dished out eight assists, and added three steals. Senior Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) chipped in with 12 points, nine boards and a game-best five steals.
DWC knocked down a season high 10 from three-point land in improving to 10-6 overall (6-3 NECC), and are now 8-2 over their last 10. Newbury (9-8, 7-3 NECC), which came in winners of six of its last seven, saw its two-game win streak halted.
Morgana Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) paced the Nighthawks with 13 points, while Kendra Bannister (Washington, D.C.) added 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Shayla White (Dorchester, Mass.) notched 10 points, and Catherine O'Connell (Quincy, Mass.) notched eight points and led all rebounders with 11.
Six points from Paternostro sparked a 10-2 run for the Eagles to open the second half turning a 33-30 lead at the break into an 11-point edge (43-32) with 15:46 left and DWC held a 47-36 lead at the 13:07 mark before Newbury followed with a 12-2 run including back-to-back trey from Machado and White and another White jumped for a 49-48 game with 9:59 on the clock.
Paternostro answered from 10 feet, Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) sank two at the line, and after Newbury misfired on three straight possessions, Marson buried two from outside including a 40-foot bomb for a 59-48 lead with 7:21 to go.
A rare Murphy three with 5:48 to go made it 63-48 with 5:48 left and after Katie Haney cut it to 13 inside for Newbury, Lang went back to work connecting one two more trifectas to open the lead to 69-50 with 3:45 left.
The Eagles would finish 49-percent from the floor including 58-percent in the second half while Newbury shot 37-percent but just 32-percent in the second. DWC finished with important advantages in rebounding (38-33) and points off turnovers (25-9).
The Eagles head out on the road for their next three beginning with a visit to NECC foe Bay Path on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.