December 19, 2013

Women's Hoops Returns Home for Non-Conference Games against Nyack and Bloomfield

WARRIORS FACE NYACK FRIDAY NIGHT AT 5:30 P.M. AND BLOOMFIELD SUNDAY AT 1:30 P.M.

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Looking to end 2013 on a high note, the Merrimack College women's basketball team returns to Hammel Court for two non-conference matches. The Warriors take on Nyack College on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m., before taking on Bloomfield College on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (5-5, 3-4) | Nyack (2-8, 1-3)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Game: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (5-5, 3-4) | Bloomfield (7-3, 5-0)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

Last Time Out

Led by junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team defeated Saint Michael's College Tuesday night at Ross Sports Center.

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.

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.

Over the final four minutes of the game, Merrimack dominated as they grabbed its biggest lead of the game, 19. The Purple Knights continued to chip away at the lead but was unsuccessful, falling to the Warriors, 80-62.

The Warriors:

  • Merrimack has won its last two games against Southern New Hampshire and Saint Michael's.
  • As a team, the Warriors rank third in the league averaging 9.2 steals per game, as well as tallying 17.6 turnovers per game.
  • Rothman currently ranks 48th in the nation and fifth in the NE-10 averaging 4.8 assists per game.
  • At home, Merrimack is 0-3, while shooting 35.0 percent from the floor and 20.0 percent from behind the arc.

Scouting the Warriors:

  • Last Saturday, the Warriors fell to the University of Sciences, 77-74, at home.
  • In the month of December, Nyack posts a 1-1 record, including shooting only 38.9 percent from the floor and 28.9 percent from long range.
  • Junior guard Audrey Matteson leads the Warriors averaging 19.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
  • As a team, Nyack ranks ninth in the CACC averaging 65.5 points per game, as well as ranking 10th in the league averaging 39.3 rebounds per game.

Scouting the Deacons: (**as of Friday, Dec. 20th**)

  • The Deacons have won their last two games, before taking on Assumption College on Saturday afternoon.
  • Senior guard Ivettlis Castro leads the team averaging 13.3 point and 2.3 assists per game.
  • As a team, the Deacons average 65.2 points per game, while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from long range.
  • Bloomfield currently leads the CACC with a 5-0 record, as well as ranking second in the league averaging 3.6 blocks per game.

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