Women’s Basketball's Win Streak Snapped, Falls to Pace, 59-50


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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team saw a season-high four-game winning streak come to a close in a 59-50 defeat to Pace University on Wednesday night at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

The Basics
Pace 59 Merrimack 50
Merrimack (7-6, 3-5) | Pace (2-11, 1-6)
Goldstein Fitness Center | Pleasantville, N.Y. 

How It Happened

Merrimack was led offensively by junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who finished off the night with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-17 from the floor and 2-of-9 from long range in 37 minutes of action. Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) led the Warriors on the glass as she racked up seven rebounds and scored four points.

The Setters were led on the night by Yuni Sher who finished with a double-double as she scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds. Shanice Maynard and Shanice Allen contributed 13 and 10 points each, respectively.

Merrimack opened the game by reeling off five straight points on a game-opening layup from Johnson followed by a 3-pointer from junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), but the home team answered right back with a 6-0 run to bring the score to 6-5 with 15:49 on the clock.

Pace extended its lead to five (13-8) after a three-point play from Sher at the 14 minute mark. However, Merrimack battled back to come within one (13-12) after a made layup from Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.).  

After a turnover by Alexa Dietrich, Rothman drilled a pull up jumper at the buzzer to send the Warriors into the locker room trailing the Setters 23-22.

The Warriors closed out the opening half on an 8-0 run, including shooting 34.8 percent from the floor.

The two teams went back and forth through the first three minutes of the second half before the Warriors took the lead, 24-23, after a made layup from Wagner. Up by one with 10:29 to play, the Warriors received a big free throw from Rothman, extending their lead to two (36-34).

As the clock winded down, Pace was able to tie Merrimack at 41-all after a made free throw from Dietrich with 8:27 left. With five minutes remaining in regulation, Merrimack was able to cut the Setters' lead to one (51-50) after a Weissmann layup but, Pace ended the game on an 8-0 to bring the final score to 59-50.

The Warriors were outscored 36-28 in the second half as they were held to 25 percent from long range and going 11-of-23 from the floor.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished the night shooting 41.3 percent (19-of-46) from the floor, including shooting 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from long range and 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the charity strip.
  • Pace won the rebounding battle, 37-30, and posted 16 second chance points.
  • The Warriors tallied 21 turnovers, while recording 12 points off Pace's 19 turnovers.
  • Both Pace and Merrimack contributed seven bench points.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to Hammel Court on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, when they host the College of Saint Rose. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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