November 9, 2013

Women’s Basketball Dominates in Season-Opener Against Mansfield University, 86-77

THE WARRIORS OPEN UP THE 2013-14 CAMPAIGN, 1-0, AS THEY HEAD INTO NE-10 CONFERENCE PLAY NEXT WEEK

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MANSFIELD, Pa. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team opened up their 2013-14 season with a non-conference victory over the Mansfield University Mountaineers by the score of 86-77 on the road at Marion Decker Gymansium on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 86 | Mansfield 77
Records: Merrimack (1-0) | Mansfield (0-1)
Location: Marion Decker Gymnasium | Mansfield, Pa.

How It Happened

The Warriors employed a very spread out offensive attack as four players recorded double figures including sophomore Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) and junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who finished with a team-high 14 points in the victory. Sophomore gaurd Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) finished off the afternoon with 12 points and three rebounds on 4-13 shooting from the floor while junior Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) finished off her first game of the season with 10 points and three rebounds on 4-5 from the field.

It was an offensive battle between Merrimack and Mansfield tying the game at 6-all with 17:24 left in the first half. Mansfield slowly started to pull away with the lead at 24-19, until a good layup from junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) put the Warriors back on track. Merrimack closed out the half, 47-45, after two made two made free throws from Scott.

Merrimack shot 54 percent from the floor in the opening half as they went 19-35 including 4-7 from three point range. Rothman finished the half with 11 points including 3-5 from deep.

Merrimack closed out the second half shooting 42 percent from the floor shooting14-33 from the field. The Mountaineers went 9-23 in the second half of action including 4-7 from three point range.

Katie Fitzpatrick led all Mountaineers with 17 points and five rebounds, while going 4-12 from the field. Megan McSwain finished off her game with 16 points and four rebounds.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished the afternoon with shooting 48 percent (33-68) from the field including 45 percent (9-20) from deep.
  • Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) and Amenta finished with a team-high seven rebounds, while Johnson hauled in five defensive rebounds.
  • Mansfield shot 46 percent (22-47) from the field, while shooting 70 percent (26-37) from the line.
  • The Warriors held a 13-5 edge in steals, while Johnson finished with a team-high three steals.

What They Said

"Today was a great team win," said third-year head coach Monique LeBlanc. "Our second half defensive intensity, along with the contribution of each player on the team were big factors."

Up Next

Merrimack will open up Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday, Nov. 20, when it travels to Stonehill College at 5:30 p.m.

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