THE WARRIORS SUFFER THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON AGAINST THE SKYHAWKS WEDNESDAY NIGHT
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EASTON, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team fought valiantly, but No. 7 Stonehill managed to pull away early in the second half, as the Warriors suffered their first conference defeat, 86-74, on Wednesday night at Merkert Gymnasium.
Score: #7 Stonehill 86 | Merrimack 74
Records: Merrimack (1-1, 0-1) | # 7 Stonehill (4-1, 1-0)
Location: Merkert Gymnasium| Easton, Mass.
How It Happened
Both teams battled back and fourth over the course of the first stanza, as the Warriors went into the break trailing by eight, 37-29. The theme continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as Merrimack continued to keep pace with the Skyhawks, but an early spark ignited Stonehill to a four-point advantage (49-45) in second-half scoring.
Stonehill's strengths came from dominating the battle on the glass on Wednesday, as the hosts held a 40-33 edge in rebounding. The Skyhawks also shot 29-of-58 (50.0) from the floor, compared to 28-of-68 for the Warriors. Both sides registered over 70 percent from the free throw line, while Stonehill finished 6-of-13 (46.2) from long range.
Just two Warriors finished in double figures, as junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the visitors with 14 points. The only other Merrimack player to reach double-digits was senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.), who hit 10 points even while hauling down four rebounds.
Rothman opened the scoring for the Warriors and tallied her first two points of the game off a good layup. The two teams went back-and fourth over the next three minutes before junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) made a layup to make the score 6-5 in favor of the Warriors.
Merrimack managed to hold a steady lead over the Skyhawks for most of the first half. In the final three minutes, the Skyhawks managed to shift the momentum of the game and tie the Warriors at 27-all. Stonehill finished the first half on 8-2 run to bring the score to 37-29.
The Warriors closed out the opening half 12-for-24 from the field and shot only nine percent (1-for-11) from long range, while forcing seven Stonehill turnovers.
In the first five minutes of the second half it was all Stonehill basketball. The Warriors picked up five quick fouls within the opening minutes before the home side saw its edge grow to double-digits with 13:05 left in the stanza.
With the clock winding down, Merrimack slowly chipped away at the Skyhawks lead, but the Warriors could not answer back.
A Closer Look
- Johnson posted a team-high five rebounds, while four other Merrimack players chipped in with four rebounds each.
- Four Stonehill players posted in double-digits, while Tori Faieta posted a double-double, 13 rebounds and 17 points.
- Merrimack shot 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line; the Warriors recorded 10 points off a Stonehill's turnovers.
- The Warriors held a 38-36 edge in points in the paint.
Next up, the Warriors return to Hammel Court on Saturday, Nov. 23 to host the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.