WARRIORS EARN FIRST NE-10 CONFERENCE WIN OVER THE HAWKS TUESDAY NIGHT
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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Behind a team-high 19 point effort from Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team won their first Northeast-10 conference game of the season on Tuesday night by the score of 72-67 at Saint Anselm College. Rothman scored 11 of her 19 points in the second half of the Warriors come-from-behind victory.
Score: Merrimack 72 | Saint Anselm 67
Records: Merrimack (2-2, 1-2) | Saint Anselm (4-3, 1-3)
Location: Stoutenburgh Gymnasium| Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Rothman finished off her impressive game going 8-of-13 from the floor including 3-of-3 from three point range. Sophomore guard Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) finished with 16 points, two steals, and three rebounds, while fellow classmate Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) posted 10 points, three assists, and two rebounds. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) recorded 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Saint Anselm opened up the half with a 4-0 run until Rothman broke the Warriors silence with a shot from downtown. With 14:33 left in the first, Merrimack was able to tie the Hawks, 10-10, after a made 3-pointer from Weissman. The Warriors took their first lead of the game at 14-13 after a made jumper by freshman Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas).
Both team exchanged baskets and tied the game at 19-19, until Saint Anselm went on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 23-19. But after two made free throws by junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.), the Warriors were able to cut the lead to two (23-21), forcing the Hawks to take a timeout with 4:18 left in the half. Saint Anselm managed to come out the timeout and end the half on a 13-7 run (36-28).
Saint Anselm finished the half shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field, while Merrimack shot 33.3 percent (10-of-30) from the field and was 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from long range.
After both teams went back-and forth over the opening five minutes, the visitors managed to cut the lead to two (46-44) after back-to-back three's from Rothman and Weissman. Merrimack continued to dominate on offense after Weissmann's hit another three cutting the lead to one (50-49). Sophomore Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) was able to give the Warriors their first lead in the second half, 53-50, after two made free-throws and a good layup.
Saint Anselm fought back tying the game at 55-55 after a made layup from Tori Lehr with 9:43 left to play. With the game tied a 63-63, Merrimack was able to pull away on a 9-4 run to end the game, 72-67.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the floor and 12-of-12 (100 percent) from the free throw line.
- Saint Anselm held a 14-7 edge in second chance points, as well as posting 40 points in the paint.
- Defensively, Merrimack held the Hawks to 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the floor and forced 15 Hawks turnovers.
- The Hawks were led offensively by Tori Lehr who finished with 16 points and seven boards while three players posted 14 points, respectively.
Next up, the Warriors return to action this weekend when the team travels to California to take on Master's on Friday Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., before taking on Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday Nov. 30, at 3 p.m.