WARRIORS AIM FOR BACK-TO-BACK WINS AND IMPROVE THEIR RECORD TO 4-2 ON THE SEASON
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Saint Anselm College on Tuesday night, the Merrimack College women's basketball team travel to the West Coast to take on two new opponents this season. On Friday, Nov. 29, the Warriors will travel to Santa Clarita, Calif. to take on Master's College at Bross Gym, before challenging the Broncos of Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, Nov. 30th at Kellogg Gym in Pomona, Calif.
Last Time Out
On Tuesday night, the Warriors picked up their first NE-10 conference victory after defeating the Hawks of Saint Anselm College, 72-67. The Navy and Gold were down by just eight (36-28) points heading into halftime until the Warriors battled back to finish the game on a 9-4 run (72-67).
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).
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 junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.). 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.
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. Defensively, Merrimack held the Hawks to 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the floor and forced 15 Hawks turnovers.
Saint Anselm held a 14-7 edge in second chance points, as well as posting 40 points in the paint.
- Leading the Warriors in the scoring category is Rothman, who averages 12.8 points per game.
- With the win over the Hawks on Tuesday, the Warriors ended their two game losing streak.
- As a team, the Warriors average 73.2 points per game, as well as shooting 41.3 percent (112-of-271) from the field on the season.
- Merrimack averages 10.0 steals per game, 2.0 blocks per game, as well as 35.8 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Master's College Lady Mustangs:
- The Lady Mustangs are tabbed to finish 10th in the NAIA's Top 25 preseason poll, while winning their last two games.
- Master's basketball returned three key players from last season, while posting a 25-6 overall record for 2012-13.
- Jacquelyn Marshall currently leads the team averaging 14.3 points per game, as well as ranking second on the team averaging 2.2 assists per game.
- As a team, the Lady Mustangs average 78.6 points per game, while tallying 40.4 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos:
- The Broncos were tabbed to finish second in the CACC preseason poll, while finishing last season with an overall record of 14-13.
- Jada Blackwell leads the team averaging 17.0 points per game, as well as ranking first on the team averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.
- On the season, the Broncos are 110-of-265 (41.5 percent) from the field and 13-of-65 (20.0 percent) from long range.
- The Broncos average 70.8 points per game, while shooting 71.4 percent (50-of-70) from the free throw line on the season.