Nashua – Senior Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) posted a career high with a game-high 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting while fellow senior Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists guiding host Daniel Webster past Lesley, 73-35 in the regular season finale for both women's basketball clubs Saturday at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Senior Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) added 12 points, moving into third place on the DWC all-time scoring list, and pulled down nine rebounds to become only the second Eagle in history to reach 1,200 points and 900 rebounds in a career.
The Eagles (17-8, 13-5 NECC) finished tied for third in the NECC standings with Newbury College but earned the fourth seed for the upcoming seven-team championship tournament. DWC will host fifth-seed Becker College on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Lesley (0-25, 0-18 NECC) finished its season and was paced by 15 points and 10 rebounds from Emily Fleming (Medford, Mass.) while Sarah Apgar (Andover, N.J.) added 10 points and three steals.
DWC trailed by no more than three early on and as late as 7:03 into the first half at 9-8 after a Carrie Fieger (Simsbury, Conn.) jumper. But the Eagles took the lead for good on a Paternostro layup 20 seconds later, using a 14-4 run capped by a Gervais three to build a 10-point lead (22-12) with eight minutes to go in the half.
DWC would close the first with a 10-2 run and held a 37-19 lead at the break.
An Ali Chojnacki (Erie, Penn.) layup with 16:49 to go in the second built the lead to 26 and after an Annie Rathjens (Sudbury, Mass.) layup, Gervais followed inside, Allyssa Marson buried a three and a Paternostro layup pushed it to 30 (56-26) with 12:25 remaining.
The Eagles would finish with a 50-37 advantage on the boards, outscored Lesley 38-12 in the paint, shot 43-percent on the day and limited Lesley to 23-percent shooting including 19-percent in the second frame.
Prior to tip off, the Eagles honored seven seniors including Gervais, Paternostro, Murphy, Chojnacki, Kacie Lang (Raymond, N.H.), Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.) and Vanessa Bosques (North Windham, Conn.). Chojnacki finished with four points, Lang notched six and Travis had three.