WARRIORS COME UP BIG IN THRILLING OVERTIME VICTORY ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Behind a season-high 23 point effort from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team snapped the Lady Mustangs two game winning streak on Friday afternoon by the score of 76-74 at Master's College. Rothman scored 13 points of her season-high 23 points in the first half.
Game: Merrimack 76 | Master's College 74
Records: Merrimack (3-2, 1-2) | Masters (5-3)
Location: Bross Gym | Santa Clarita, Calif.
How It Happened
Rothman finished her impressive game going 8-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to go along with 3-of-6 from the line in the 37 minutes of action. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) played very well in only 23 minutes of action as she finished with 19 points and three rebounds.
Rothman opened the scoring for the Warriors with back-to-back baskets less than two minutes into the game. The Warriors managed to extend their lead by three (7-4) until the Lady Mustangs were able to tie the game at 9-9 with 15:07 left to play in the half.
Shortly after, the Warriors fell behind by four until Merrimack went on an 11-7 run to tie the score at 24-24 with 6:24 left to play in the first. The Lady Mustangs managed to go on an 11-4 run until the Warriors battled back and junior Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) tied the game at 35-all after a made free throw. Both teams went back-and-forth and the Warriors trailed the Lady Mustangs, 39-38, heading into halftime.
In the first half, Merrimack was 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from the field and 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the line, while Master's College went 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) from the line and 2-of-9 (22.9 percent) from long range. Rothman and Secor lead the Warriors with 13 points each.
In the opening five minutes of the second half, both team's managed to tie the score at 44-44. Master's College took a two point lead at 46-44 but the Warriors regained the lead after a 3-pointer from junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), bringing the score to 47-46.
With the clock winding down in the second half, Merrimack and Master's College went through eight lead changes, as well eight ties.
After a good layup from Rothman, Merrimack was able to take a 68-65 lead with 32 seconds left in regulation. The Lady Mustangs managed to bring the score to within one point after a layup from Whitney Best. Rothman answered back with a basket from long range, but Masters College managed to send the game into overtime (69-69).
In the second half, Master's College shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from the field, while Merrimack shot 35.0 percent (14-of-40) from the floor.
With 13 seconds to play and holding a one point lead, Rothman is sent to the free throw line after being fouled by Zoe Scott. Rothman made the first free throw extending the Warriors lead to 76-74, but was unable to make the second one. The Lady Mustangs were able to grab the defensive rebound with time still on the clock. With two shot attempts and a big offensive rebound, Master's College was unable to tie or steal the game from the Warriors.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack shot 39.7 percent (29-of-73) from the floor and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the charity strip.
- Defensively, Merrimack held the Lady Mustangs to only 35 percent (25-of-71) from the field and forced 26 turnovers.
- Merrimack managed to score 25 bench points, as well posting 17 points off turnovers.
- Master's College recorded 55 rebounds and 20 second chance points.
- The Lady Mustangs held the largest lead at seven points, but for only two minutes in the first half.
What They Said
"Today was a great win over a very good Master's College team," said third-year head coach Monique LeBlanc. "I was proud of our composure heading into overtime and finished with a strong defensive stop."
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30th, when they take on the Broncos of Cal Poly Pomona in a West Coast showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.