Nor'easters take opener over Becker, 69-47

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England women's basketball team started the 2018-19 season with a 12-2 run and never looked back, picking up a 69-47 victory against Becker College on Monday night (Nov. 12) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

Five different players scored during the initial stretch, and the hosts maintained an advantage of at least five points the rest of the way. The Nor'easters held a 20-12 cushion through the 1st quarter and 38-24 at the half, but a quick five had the Hawks back within nine (41-32) nearing the middle of the 3rd. However, by the time the first basket of the 4th went through for UNE, the spread was up to 20 (54-34).

Ashley Coneys paced a balanced winning side with 12 points. The Nor'easters (1-0) received 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals from Jocelyn Chaput, and another 10 points and five boards out of Sadie Nelson. Newcomer Sabrina Johnson added eight points and six caroms, while classmate Abby Cavallaro chipped in with seven points and three steals.

Chaput, Nelson, and Johnson combined evenly for 15 of UNE's 19 offensive rebounds, which translated into 18 second-chance points. The hosts posted a 37-21 edge on the glass, and the Nor'easters also converted 26 Becker turnovers into 33 points going the other direction.

With the result, UNE head coach Anthony Ewing registered career win number 250 (320 games).

The Hawks (1-2) got a game-best 15 points and eight rebounds from Adrianna Dowdy, and a nine-point performance by Cassidy Harrison.