Women's Hoops Falls Short on the Road Against Cal Poly Pomona, 88-81


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POMONA, Calif. – Despite a season-high 16-point effort from junior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif), the Merrimack College women's basketball team was defeated on Saturday night at Kellogg Gym by Cal Poly Pomona by the score of 88-81.

The Basics
Cal Poly Pomona 88 | Merrimack 81
Records: Merrimack (3-3, 1-2) | Cal Poly Pomona (4-1)
Location: Kellogg Gym | Pomona, Calif. 

How It Happened

Trailing by eight, 86-78, with 17 seconds to play, junior guard Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) nailed a three point shot to bring the Warriors within five with seven seconds to play. Unfortunately, Merrimack was unable to get another scoring opportunity and fouled the Broncos with one second to play, sending Ariel Marsh to the free throw line.

Johnson recorded a season-high 16 points, seven rebounds, and a steal in the loss. Along with Johnson, Wagner and junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) contributed 15 and 14 points each, respectively. Wagner also chipped in with a defensive rebound, while Rothman recorded a team-high 10 assists. Junior forward Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) provided the Warriors a spark off the bench as she finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Broncos opened the scoring on a 7-0 run forcing the Warriors to take their first timeout with 18:01 to play in the first. After a made three-pointer from Wagner, Merrimack was able to cut the Broncos lead to four (7-3).  With Merrimack down, 9-3, with 15:15 left in the first half, Cal Poly Pomona went on a 6-4 run to bring the score 15-7.

The Broncos continued to dominate in the first half taking their biggest lead of 17 points (32-15) with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Merrimack slowly chipped away at the Broncos lead and ended the first half on a 4-0 run to cut the Broncos lead to seven (38-31).

The Warriors shot 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from the floor, as well as shooting 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from long range. Cal Poly Pomona went 17-of-39 (43.6 percent) from the field and 2-of-10 (20.0 percent) from deep. Johnson led the Warriors in the first half with nine points and five rebounds.

After a made three from Rothman to start the second half, the Warriors cut the Broncos lead to four (38-34) with 17:46 to play. Cal Poly Pomona answered back with two good free throws from Tyler Woods. With 16:35 left to play, Merrimack was able to cut the Broncos lead to one (42-41), after a made three from sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.).

With 11:11 left, Merrimack takes its first lead of the game against the Broncos by the score of 51-49, after a made layup from sophomore Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.). Not long after, Cal Poly Pomona battled back to take a four point lead (59-55) with 9:09 left on the clock. The Warrior managed to tie the game at 61-61, after a good layup from Miller with seven minutes remaining in the second half.

The Navy and Gold were able to come back and tied the game at 70-all after a made three pointer from Wagner. Both teams went back-and-fourth and exchanged baskets from the last two minutes.

For the Broncos, J.J. Judge posted a team-high 20 points, while Ariel Marsh and Tyler Wood contributed 19 points each in the win. Cydnie Jones recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

What they Said

"We battled hard in the second half versus a very good Cal Poly Pomona team but unfortunately didn't get the stops on the other end," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "This was a great trip for our program to come play some of the top teams out west, and for three of our players to be able to play in front of their friends and family members.

A Closer Look

  • As a team, Merrimack finished 28-of-57 (49.1 percent) from the field, including shooting 45.2 percent (14-of-31) from long range and 73.7 percent (11-of-15) from the free throw line.
  • In the victory, Cal Poly Pomona shot 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor, as well as shooting 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from deep.
  • The Broncos hauled in 27 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds, while the Warriors posted 25 defensive rebounds and six offensive rebounds.
  • Merrimack finished with 32 bench points and posted 13 points off turnovers.
  • Both teams finished with eight second chance points each.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they return to Hammel Court to host the Falcons of Bentley University in a Northeast-10 showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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