Bay Path Falls in NECC Opener to Daniel Webster
Author: Nicole Soucy, Senior Writer, Bay Path College
Bay Path College junior forward Jessica Hunt of Madison, CT led all players with 22 points and 11 rebounds despite the Wildcats 58-27 loss against the Daniel Webster College Eagles in the New England Collegiate Conference opener.
Coming off the bench, Daniel Webster’s freshman guard Vanessa Bosques of Windham, CT topped her team with 15 points shooting 64% from the field. Fellow freshman starting guard Alycia Gervais, also of Windham, scored in the double figures with 12 points. Gervais led defensively pulling down seven rebounds while dishing out five assists.
Wildcats Head Coach R. J. Toner and Eagles Head Coach Heather Jacobs managed to clear the bench in the NCAA Division III game with 19 players seeing at least five minutes of court time.
Hunt came very close to her first collegiate triple-double adding seven blocks and five steals to her double-double. Bay Path senior guard Sarah Wright of Canterbury, NH chipped in nine boards for the maroon and white.
Bay Path came out of the gate strong holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game, going up by as much as seven at around 12:41 left on the clock. Despite the Wildcats’ early spark, the Eagles managed to regain the lead heading into the locker room with a nineteen point cushion. Bay Path’s attempt to slow the game down led to the Eagles scoring 26 points off of the Wildcats’ 29 turnovers.
Daniel Webster took advantage of their deep bench with the reservists scoring 27 of the 58 points. They were able to make fast-break passes nailing 22 points off of their quick offensive play.
The Eagles are now 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the NECC, while Bay Path falls to 2-8 on the season and 0-1 in conference action. Bay Path will be back in action on Thursday, January 15, hosting another NECC rival Southern Vermont at an 8:00 p.m. tip-off at Holyoke Community College.