2016-17 Season Recap UMass Lowell women's basketball

The UMass Lowell women's basketball team entered its final year of the four-year Division I transition with a young team that had a veteran group of seniors, who became the first class to play all four season at the DI level.

The River Hawks best month of the season came in December, when UMass Lowell posted a 3-3 record, including an overtime win against Colgate and a come-from-behind win against Fairleigh Dickinson.

UMass Lowell outscored FDU, 23-11, in the fourth quarter to squeak out a 61-55 victory, led by three players who turned in double figures.

Nicole Hayner scored 23 points, including a three-pointer with 18 seconds on the clock to force overtime, as the River Hawks knocked off Colgate in the extra period.

UMass Lowell hosted its third annual Health and Fitness Field Trip Day game on January 25 against the New Hampshire Wildcats. The unique 11 a.m. start attracted a basketball attendance record of 4,192, most of which were elementary school children from surrounding area schools.

During the season, two DI program records fell on the court, as Kayla Gibbs and Nicole Hayner saw their hard work payoff.

From November 20 to February 1, Gibbs reached double-digits in 19 consecutive games, surpassing Lindsey Doucette’s streak of 16 games in 2015-16.

On Senior Day, Hayner set a career high with 27 points, while setting the DI program mark and tying the all-time program record with seven threes in a single game. The guard hit her sixth and seventh three-pointers in a span of 73 seconds during the fourth quarter to accomplish the feat.

After the season, Kayla Gibbs was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team, as she led UMass Lowell with 12.0 points per game, 8.4 rebounds, 68 assists and 29 steals. The forward also led the America East in total rebounding, field goal percentage (.591) and defensive rebounding (5.7).

The River Hawks enter their first year of full eligibility in Division I with a young cast of players that provide experience and hope for a team beginning a new journey.


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