Women’s Basketball Heads to Le Moyne for Conference Showdown Saturday Afternoon

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WARRIORS LOOK TO HAND THE DOLPHINS THEIR SEVENTH LOSS OF THE SEASON IN HUGE NE-10 CLASH

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After defeating the College of Saint Rose on Tuesday night, the Merrimack College women's basketball team returns to action when they travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Le Moyne College Dolphins in a Northeast-10 conference match-up.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (8-6, 4-5) | Le Moyne (9-6, 5-4)
Location: Ted Grant Court | Syracuse, N.Y.

Last Time Out

Behind a strong second half and going 20-of-29 from the charity stripe, the Warriors defeated the College of Saint Rose Tuesday night at Hammel Court by the score of 62-57.

Merrimack took an early 10-4 lead over the Golden Knights after a made jumper from Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) with 16 minutes remaining, but the visitors rallied back on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 10-all.

The Warrior 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.

Coming out of the locker room, Saint Rose continued where they left off and took its largest lead of the game with 12 (37-25). After back-to-back baskets from senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) and freshman Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.), Merrimack cut the Golden Knights lead to within five (40-35) with 10 minutes left to play.'

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.

Last Season Against the Dolphins:

  • Merrimack defeated Le Moyne at Hammel Court, 82-75.
  • The Warriors were led offensively by Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who scored a career-high 24 points to go along with eight assists. Rothman converted on a career-high 10 of 12 free throws in the victory and also secured two rebounds.
  • The turning point of the game was the final three minutes as the Warriors led the Dolphins by only one point. Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) hit a deep three pointer to stretch the lead to six and Rothman converted on 7-of-8 free throws to give the Warriors the seven point victory.
  • For the game, Merrimack shot a season-best 57.4 percent while they held the Dolphins to 40.3 percent from the floor including just 5-23 from deep.
  • Both teams finished with 34 points in the paint while the Warriors bench outscored the Dolphins bench 22-17, improving their record to 8-2 when their bench outscores the opponents bench.

The Warriors:

  • As a team, the Warriors average 20.6 3-pointers a game, as well as shooting 33.6 percent from long range.
  • Merrimack ranks second in the conference in steals with 9.4 a game, as well as forcing 19.3 opponent turnovers.
  • Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) leads the team in rebounding averaging 6.7 per game, as well as posting 7.9 points per game.
  • On the road, Merrimack averages 73.2 points per game, while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from deep, and 69.9 percent from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Dolphins:

  • Le Moyne is coming off a tough one-point (62-61) loss to Assumption College on Tuesday night.
  • Junior guard Alex Marple leads the Dolphins in points averaging 13.6 points per game, while junior forward Emily Greer leads the team in rebounds averaging 6.3 per game.
  • In the last four games, Le Moyne has been averaging 31.8 rebounds and 63.5 points, as well as shooting 39.6 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from long range.
  • The Dolphins currently lead the conference in turnovers averaging 13.1 a game.

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