JUNIOR ARIA JOHNSON POSTED A TEAM-HIGH 10 POINTS AND FOUR REBOUNDS
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team was not able to pull off the big upset on Wednesday night over the No. 1 Bentley university Falcons as they fell 76-52 in front of the home fans at Bert Hammel Court.
Game: Bentley 76 | Merrimack 52
Records: Merrimack (3-4, 1-3) | No. 1 Bentley University (8-0, 5-0)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Junior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) led the Warriros with a team-high 10 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) chipped in with nine points, while senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) posted eight points. Weissmann also contributed a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
The key start in the loss for the Warriors was the turnover battle as Merrimack committed 15 turnovers to the Falcons four. Bentley took advantage of the turnovers they caused as the outscored the Warriors 17-2 in points off turnovers.
The Falcons opened the game with a three pointer from Courtney Finn but junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) answered back with a good jumper with 18:18 on the clock. Bentley then managed to go on a 7-0 run that was sparked by Finn that brought the score to 10-2. After back-to-back free throws from Secor, the Warriors cut the lead to six (10-4) with 16:13 left to play in the first.
Bentley then ignited a 13-3 run that extended its lead to 16 (23-7) after a 3-pointer from Finn. The Warriors tried picking away at the big deficit as Weissmann scored back-to-back baskets with 7:52 to play but it was not enough. Bentley ended the half on a 15-3 run to bring the score to 44-15 heading into halftime.
Merrimack finished the first half shooting only 21.7 percent (5-for-23) from the floor and 20.0 percent (2-for-10) from long range. The Falcons finished the opening half shooting 51.5 percent from the floor. Rothman and Weissman led the Warriors with five points each, while Amenta and Secor posted three and two points each, respectively.
The Warriors opened the second with a three pointer by junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), which sparked a 6-6 run to cut the Falcons lead to 26 (50-24) with 16:51 left to play. Merrimack continued to chip away at the Falcons lead but Bentley managed to extend its lead and bring the score to 61-30 with nine minutes on the clock.
The closest the Warriors got in the second half was 21 down after a made layup from Johnson with 3:16 to play. Merrimack was unable to stop the Falcons' offense from securing the lead and the game by a score of 76-52.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack shot only 32.1 percent from the field and 15 percent from long range, while Bentley shot 54.5 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from deep.
- Bentley outshot the Warriors 55-32 percent overall, had a 7-3 advantage in three-pointers and committed seven fewer turnovers.
- The Warriors went 15-of-19 (78.9) from the line, while Bentley went 9-of-17 (52.9) from the line.
- The Falcons doubled Merrimack in terms of points off, 24-12, and finished with a 33-15 edge in bench scoring.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, December 7th, when they welcome the Greyhouds of Assumption College to Hammel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.