Women's Basketball Downed In Home-Opener By Franklin Pierce, 74-61


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team dropped its second straight game on Saturday afternoon, losing to the the Franklin Pierce Ravens 74-61 in front of the home fans at Bert Hammel Court.

The Basics
Franklin Pierce 74 | Merrimack 61
Merrimack (1-2, 0-2) | Franklin Pierce (3-2, 2-0)
Hammel Court| North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Franklin Pierce and Merrimack went back and forth in the opening minutes of the first half. Both teams were trading baskets until the Ravens took over the next couple minutes of action as they went on a 7-4 (15-11) to take control of the first half. But after a layup by junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.), the Warriors were able to cut the Ravens lead to two (15-13).  With Merrimack controlling the pace of the game the Warriors were able to tie the game at 15-15, after a made layup by junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.).

After the Warrior basket, the Ravens went on a 12-0 run to bring the score 27-15 until a free throw by sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) stopped the run.  Franklin Pierce extended its lead to ten and ended the first half on a 7-2 run to bring the score to 41-29.

Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) closed out the first half with a team-high four points including 4-of-9 from the field, while Sells scored five on 2-of-7 from the field.

Merrimack opened the second half with a layup from Sells to cut the deficit to ten points but Franklin Pierce answered right back with a 3-pointer to make the score 44-31 in favor of the visitors. After a Sells layup made the deficit to 11 the Ravens went on a 22-9 run to give them the biggest lead of the game of 22 points.

The Warriors tried picking up the deficit as Wagner scored off a layup with 4:15 left to play but it was not enough to make the comeback. The teams went back and forth over the final three minutes as the Ravens were able to stay undefeated in conference play, with the 74-59 win at Hammel Court.

For the game, Merrimack shot 31.2 percent from the floor while the visitors shot 42.1 percent. The Warriors were 2-of-21 (9.5%) from long range while Franklin Pierce finished the game going 20-of-21 from the free throw stripe. 

A Closer Look

  • The Warriors had three players in double figures tonight including Wagner who came off the bench for the Navy and Gold. Wagner finished the game with 11 points and two steals.
  • Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) and Sells also tallied 11 points each, while Secor finished with eight rebounds.
  • Franklin Pierce had three players score in double figures including Brittany Martelle who recorded a team-high 22 points and four rebounds, while Kara Charette and Dyamond Gardner posted 19 and 12 points, respectively.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to face the Hawks of Saint Anselm College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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