January 13, 2014

Women’s Hoops Back at Home Tuesday to Play Host to Saint Rose

WARRIORS TAKE ON THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN A NE-10 SHOWDOWN ON MERRIMACKATHLETICS.TV

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team returns home to Bert Hammel Court to take on the College of Saint Rose in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (7-6, 3-5) | Saint Rose (8-7, 3-6)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

The Warriors are coming off of a heartbreaking nine-point loss on the road at Pace University on Wednesday night by the score of 59-50.

Merrimack opened up the game on a 5-0 run, after back-to-back baskets from junior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) and junior guard Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), but Pace answered right back with a 6-0 run to bring the score to 6-5 with 15:49 on the clock.

Pace was able to take a five-point lead (13-8) after a three-point play from Sher. However, Merrimack battled back to come within one (13-12) after a made layup from transfer Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) with 10:22 left to play in the half.

The Warriors closed the first half on an 8-0 run to bring the score to 23-22 heading into halftime.

In the opening three minutes of the second half, both teams went back-and-forth before the Warriors regain the lead at 24-23. With 14:23 left to play in regulation, Merrimack tied Pace, 28-28, after a layup from senior forward Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.). Up by one with 10:29 to play, the Warriors received a big free throw from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), extending their lead to two (36-34).

With five minutes remaining in regulation, Merrimack was able to cut the Setters' lead to one (51-50) after an Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) layup but, Pace ended the game on an 8-0 to bring the final score to 59-50.

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.

Last Season Against the Golden Knights:

  • Saint Rose defeated Merrimack, 66-65, in Albany, N.Y.
  • The Warriors were led offensively by Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) who finished the game going 7-for-11 from the floor including 3-for-4 from behind the arc and 17 points.
  • The Warriors were unable to tie the game with a three pointer as Scott converted on a layup with a second remaining and the Golden Knights were able to waste the second and take the one point victory at home, 66-65.
  • For the game, Merrimack shot 42 percent from the floor and finished 7-for-19 from behind the arc in the loss. The Warriors also committed 20 turnovers while only forcing 18 from the home team and they were outrebounded 37-36 for the game.

The Warriors:

  • At home this season, the Warriors shoot 39.1 percent from the field, as well as shooting 28.2 percent from behind the arc and 66.3 percent from the line.
  • Rothman leads the Warriors with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists per game.
  • Merrimack is currently second in the league in made 3-pointers per game with 7.2 while attempting 20.7 per game.
  • The Warriors are currently holding a home record of 2-3 this season.

Scouting the Golden Knights:

  • Saint Rose enters this match losing its last three conference games.
  • The Golden Knights are led by Mariah Lesure who averages 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Staci Barrett leads the team in rebounds with 7.5.
  • Saint Rose currently ranks 20th in the nation in block shots with 4.8 per game, while Lesure leads the conference averaging 3.8 per game.
  • In the last three games, the Golden Knights have shot 34.0 percent from the field and only 15.9 percent from long range.

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