MICHELLE OBACH POSTED A CAREER-HIGH 23 POINTS ON SATURDAY'S LOSS TO ASSUMPTION
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite a career-high 23-point effort from freshman Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas), the Merrimack College women's basketball team was defeated on Saturday afternoon at Hammel Court by Assumption College by the score of 76-66.
Game: Assumption 76 | Merrimack 66
Records: Merrimack (3-5, 1-4) | Assumption (5-4, 2-4)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Obach posted a career-high 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Along with Obach, junior guard Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) contributed 10 points and three assists. Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) posted a team-high nine rebounds and seven points. Sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) and junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) chipped in with six points each.
Assumption opened the first half on a 6-0 run started by Shannon Ray. Merrimack quickly answered back with back-to-back baskets from Obach to cut the Greyhounds lead to three (6-3) with 15:38 left to play in the half. The Greyhounds extended their lead to six (13-6) after a made 3-pointer from Kelly Carey.
Merrimack managed to cut the lead to one (14-13) with 8:31 to play, after a made basket from Amenta. After back-to-back freebies from Amenta, Merrimack took its first lead of the afternoon, 19-16, with five minutes left to play. As the clock hit the two minute mark, Assumption tied the Warriors at 26-all and ended the half leading the Warriors 29-28.
The Warriors shot 34.6 percent (9-for-26) from the floor, as well as shooting 9-for-10 from the free throw line. Assumption went 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) from the field and shot 25 percent (2-for-8) from long range.
In the first half, Obach led the Warriors with 16 points and two steals, while Johnson and senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) posted a team-high five rebounds apiece.
After a made three from Weissmann to start the second half, the Warriors took a two point (31-29) lead over the Greyhounds. Not so long after, the Greyhounds took a 38-33 lead with 14:38 to go in the second.
Johnson drained a free throw to bring Merrimack to within seven (44-37) with 11:42 left in the second half. The Greyhounds extended their lead to 10 (49-39) with 10:19 on the clock, after a made layup from Kelly Conley.
With 7:30 left to play, Secor brought the Warriors to within seven points (53-46) after back-to-back free throws. Merrimack battled back to bring the score to 63-60, after three Warriors hit three straight threes with 4:25 to go.
As the clock slowly winded down, Merrimack continued to chip away at the Greyhounds lead, but unfortunately the Warriors were unable to stop Assumption from earning its second conference win by the score of 76-66.
The Greyhounds were led all afternoon by Shannon Ray who scored 24 points and handed out five assists.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack went 22-for-52 from the floor (42.3 percent) including shooting 35.0 percent (7-for-20) from long range and 71 percent (15-for-21) from deep.
- Assumption won the rebounding battle, 44-31, against the Warriors, as well as posting four fast break points.
- The turnover battle was lost once again by the Warriors as they turned the ball over 22 times compared to Assumption's 15.
- The Warriors finished today's game scoring 36 bench points, while the Greyhounds posted 19 bench points.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, December 14th, when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.