December 17, 2013

Women’s Hoops Dominates Saint Michael’s, 80-62; Rothman Scores Season-High 23 Points

WARRIORS EARN FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST THE PURPLE KNIGHTS TUESDAY

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Colchester, Vt. – Behind a season-high 23 point effort from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team defeated Saint Michael's College Tuesday night at Ross Sports Center by a score of 80-62.

The Basics
Game:
Merrimack 80 | Saint Michael's 62
Records:
 Merrimack (5-5, 3-4) | Saint Michael's (2-7, 1-5)
Location: Vincent C. Ross Sports Center | Colchester, Vt. 

How It Happened

Rothman finished her impressive game going 7-of-15 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from long range and 4-of-5 from the line.  She also finished with a team-high six assists, three steals, and four rebounds. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) played very well and posted her first season double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) tallied 12 points and four rebounds.

The Purple Knights opened the first half on a 4-1 run before a three pointer from Rothman tied the game at 4-4. The Purple Knights then went on a 6-2 run to bring the score to 10-6 with 15:31 left to play. After a made layup from Secor, Merrimack tied Saint Michael's, 12-12, before taking its first lead of the game after a free throw from junior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.).

Midway through the first half, the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to bring the score to 19-12 with 9:28 on the clock. Merrimack continued to work the Purple Knights' defense and extended its lead to eight (25-17) with 6:03 left in the half.

Saint Michael's cut the Warriors lead to three (25-22) after a three point play from Long, but Merrimack quickly answered back with a layup from Secor. The Warriors closed out the opening half on a 10-9 run to bring the score to 35-31.

Merrimack shot 32 percent from the floor in the first 20 minute while Saint Michael's shot 42 percent.

In the opening seconds of the second half, Saint Michael's cut the Warriors lead to two (35-33) but after a made three from junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), Merrimack extended its lead to five (38-33). The Purple Knights continued to threaten the Warriors and tied the game at 38-38 after a three from Gaudreau.

Halfway through the half, Saint Michael's went on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 46-41, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout. For the next couple of minutes, both teams traded baskets before a Rothman three tied the game at 48-48 with 11:10 left to play in regulation.

After back-to-back threes from the Warriors, Merrimack took a 58-54 lead over the Purple Knights. The Warriors then went on a 7-4 run to bring the score to 65-58 with 4:24 left on the clock.

Over the final four minutes of the game, Merrimack dominated as they grabbed its biggest lead of the game, 19, with 1:08 remaining after a made free throw from Johnson. The Purple Knights continued to chip away at the lead but was unsuccessful, falling to the Warriors, 80-62.

What they said

"Our team really pulled together a strong effort on the defensive end tonight," said third-year head coach Monique LeBlanc. "We played solid on defense and made smart decisions on offense down the stretch. The commitment to rebounding was very good tonight as well."

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack went 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the floor, including shooting 44.8 percent from deep and 65.2 percent from the line. Saint Michael's finished the game shooting 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field and went 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the line.
  • Defensively, Merrimack forced 21 turnovers, while Saint Michael's posted 21 points off the 20 Merrimack turnovers.
  • The Warriors won the rebounding battle against the Purple Knights, 44-35.
  • Saint Michael's posted 19 points off the bench, while the Navy and Gold recorded 18 second chance points.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Friday, Dec. 20th, when they return to Hammel Court to host non-conference opponent Nyack. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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