December 20, 2013

Women's Basketball Dominates Nyack, 80-42, Friday Night at Hammel Court

FRESHMAN CAITLYN GARGER FINISHED WITH A CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS, FOUR REBOUNDS, AND TWO ASSISTS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team notched its first home victory of the season on Friday night after dominating Nyack College, 80-42, in its most convincing win of the season. 

The Basics
Game:
Merrimack 80, Nyack 42
Records:
 Merrimack (6-5, 3-4) | Nyack (2-9, 1-3)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

All 12 Warriors registered a point for Merrimack on Friday, as junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) finished with 11 points after shooting 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-4 from long range. Sophomore Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) came off the bench and scored eight points to go along with nine rebounds. Junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) continued to dominate the boards racking up eight rebounds to go along with four points, while starter Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) and senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) posted six points each.

The Warriors received 49 bench points on the night, including a career-high 21 points from freshman Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.), who enjoyed her best night in a Merrimack uniform after shooting 7-of-13 from the floor to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

The Warriors' defense was also the star of the show,  forcing 23 Nyack turnovers which led to 21 points for the home side. Merrimack also dominated the battle inside, scoring 36 points in the point on the night.

Rothman opened up the scoring for the Warriors on the very first possession of the night, drailing a straightaway three to give Merrimack the early lead and set the tone for the evening. The Warriors increased their lead to 15 points in the first five minutes of the half, as sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) nailed a trey, forcing an early timeout by the visitors.

The Warriors' defense, meanwhile, yielded hardly anything; Nyack was kept in single digits for practically the first 10 minutes of the half, as Merrimack took a 25-point (31-6) lead at the midway point of the first stanza. The Warriors entered the locker room with a 48-24 lead after shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and causing 15 Nyack turnovers.

The second half was much of the same for the Warriors, who used a 17-4 at the start of the half to pump up their lead to 37 after 3-point bucket from Garger.

Nyack spent the rest of regulation trying to keep its deficit under 30, but Garger's huge second-half output would prevent that from happening, as Merrimack ended the game with its largest margin of victory (+38) this season.

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack shot 47.8 percent from the floor and made 11 3-pointers. Nyack shot only 28.3 percent from the field.
  • Merrimack also dominated the boards with 47 rebounds, as well as posting eight second chance points.
  • Nyack was led offensively by Jamie McKeither who finished with a team-best 11 points.
  • The Warriors shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line, while Nyack shot 53.3 percent from the line.
  • Rothman finished with a team-high nine assits and three steals.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Sunday, Dec. 22nd, when they host non-conference opponent Bloomfield College. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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