Women's Basketball Pulls Away Late, Defeats Saint Rose 62-57

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Behind a strong second half and two clutch free throws from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) with 27 seconds left to play in regulation, the Merrimack College women's basketball team defeated the College of Saint Rose Tuesday night at Hammel Court by the score of 62-57.

The Basics
Merrimack 62 | Saint Rose 57
Merrimack (8-6, 4-5) | Saint Rose (8-8, 3-7)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

The Warriors were led offensively by Rothman who finished with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. She also recorded three assists and four rebounds.  Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) finished her night with 11 points, six rebounds, and an assist while junior Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

In the opening four minutes of the game, Merrimack took an early 10-4 lead over Saint Rose after a jumper from junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.). However, the Golden Knights answered right back with a 6-0 run sparked by Brittany O'Shea to tie the Warriors, 10-10, with 13:16 remaining.

With seven minutes left in the half, Merrimack extended its lead to five (20-15) but the Golden Knights ended the half on a 14-4 run to take the lead heading into halftime, 29-24.

Five minutes into the second half, Saint Rose took its largest lead of the game with 12 (37-25), but Merrimack battled back to within five (40-35) with 10:09 left in regulation.

After a made layup from Jess Denicola, Merrimack rallied back with a 6-0 run to tie the Golden Knights at 44-44 with 6:04 left. Both teams battled back-and-forth until a Johnson layup made it 48-46 with 4:33 to go.

The Warriors never trailed again although the Golden Knights hung around and got back to within a two, 57-55, with 48 seconds left after a made basket from Jamie Hutcheson. Merrimack finished the game on a 5-2 run to bring the score to 62-57, while holding Saint Rose without a field goal.

Center Jess Denicola went 8-for-11 from the floor and finished the night with 19 points and nine rebounds while junior guards Jamie Hutcheson and Gabie Polce scored nine points apiece.

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack shot 31.1 percent from the field while Saint Rose went 20-of-48 (41.7 percent) from the floor.
  • Merrimack out-rebounded the Golden Knights, 43-36, as Miller finished with a team-high five offensive rebounds.
  • Saint Rose tallied 26 turnovers, while recording 17 points off Merrimack's 19 turnovers.
  • The Warriors finished the night posting 11 second chance points, 16 assists, and 28 bench points.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18th, when they travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on Le Moyne College. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.


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