Spears Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer for Nighthawk Women's Basketball

Desting Spears earned her 1,341st career point, giving her sole possession of the All-Time Scoring Record for the women's basketball program.

Spears Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer for Nighthawk Women's Basketball

Jan. 29, 2018 – Congratulations to Destiny Spears '18, who earned her 1,341st career point on Saturday, January 27, 2018, breaking the record for all-time scoring in Nighthawk women's basketball program history. The Nighthawks went on to win against Mitchell College 75-55, with Spears finishing with 22 total points.The previous scoring record was Catherine O'Connell '13 with 1,339 points. Spears has five games remaining in the regular season.


From Newbury Nighthawks article, published January, 27, 2018:

NEW LONDON, Conn. – A lay-up made with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter was senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) 1,341st career point, giving her sole possession of the All-Time Scoring Record for the women's basketball program as the Nighthawks won their sixth in a row, defeating the Mitchell Mariners, 75-55, on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.

The starters accounted for all but six points for the Nighthawks. Spears led all players with 22 points. She also finished with a game-high 12 rebounds to go with seven steals and three assists.

Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) and Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) also recorded double-doubles for the Nighthawks, who improved to 13-7 overall (10-1 NECC). Olsen netted 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Sanders had 11 points and 10 boards. Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y./Paramus Catholic) rounded out the Newbury scorers in double figures with 13 points.

Haley Garcia (South Windsor, Conn./VRABE) led Mitchell (8-11 overall, 7-3 NECC) with 13 points. Ashleigh Beauford (Newington, Conn./Newington) netted nine points before fouling out and Francesca Pinard (Arlington, Mass./Matignon) added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Newbury led 39-22 at intermission as Spears and Olsen each scored 12 points in the opening half. Mitchell didn't help its own cause with 18 turnovers and shot just 26 percent.

Spears became the program's all-time leading scorer early in the second half, surpassing Catherine O'Connell '13 (1,339 points) with a bucket in the lane. She ended the day with 1,343 career points and still has five games remaining in the regular season to add to the record.

Mitchell trailed by as many as 33 in the third quarter but fought back in the fourth. The Mariners shot 41 percent in the final stanza and outscored the Nighthawks by a 19-11 clip.

Newbury attempted 41 free throws in the contest and outscored Mitchell 21-8 at the charity stripe. The Mariners tied a season high with nine three-pointers led by three apiece from Garcia and Beauford.

Mitchell will next play at Bay Path University on Tuesday, January 30 at 8 p.m. Newbury returns to action at home against Wheelock College on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


Originally published by Newbury Nighthawk website on Jan. 27.

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran




About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. 

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