CHLOE ROTHMAN FINISHES THE AFTERNOON WITH A TEAM-HIGH 20 POINTS, FIVE REBOUNDS AND FOUR ASSISTS
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Behind a team-high 20 point effort from junior point guard Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) and a double-double performance from junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team picked up their ninth win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Court by the score of 63-60.
Game: Merrimack 63 | Le Moyne 60
Records: Merrimack (9-6, 5-5) | Le Moyne (9-7, 5-5)
Location: Ted Grant Court | Syracuse, N.Y.
How It Happened
The Warriors were led by Rothman who scored a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Johnson continued her strong play with the Warriors as she finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-9 on the floor. The Warriors got great play off the bench as senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) scored 11 points on 4-of-7 from the floor to go along with two rebounds and a block.
Merrimack fell behind early in the first half as a Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) turnover turned into a made layup by Maddie Hahesy which gave the home team the early 15-11 lead. Merrimack fought back over the next three minutes to cut the Dolphins lead to two (17-15) with 8:57 remaining in the first.
Merrimack finished off the first half on a 10-4 run to hold a six point lead, 31-25, at halftime. The Dolphins went cold in the final four minutes of the half as they were only able to score four points after tying the Warriors, 21-21. For the half, Merrimack shot 46.4 percent from the floor while Le Moyne shot 33.3 percent.
Le Moyne cut their deficit to five (36-31) as they opened the second half after a jumper from Alex Marple with 15:26 remaining in regulation. The Dolphins extended their lead back up to one (43-42) after a layup from Marple.
The Dolphins responded over the final eight minutes of the contest as they tied the score at 49 with four minutes to play as Hanesty nailed a 3-pointer. Just over three minutes later, the Warriors extended their lead to six (57-51) forcing Le Moyne to take a timeout to regroup.
After a jumper from Rothman with 39 seconds to play, the Dolphins found themselves within four (61-57) points, until Weissmann nailed two free throws to bring the score to 63-57. The Dolphins ended the game on a 3-0 run, but that wasn't enough to stop Merrimack from earning their ninth win of the season by a score of 63-60.
The Dolphins had two players score in double figures as Alex Marple led the way with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists. Maddie Hahesy played well in only 22 minutes as she scored 11 points and grabbed five boards.
What They Said
"We had a great effort on the glass today and I thought our bench production was excellent," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "I am proud of how the team battled through adversity in the second half."
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack shot 48.1 percent while they held the Dolphins to 31.0 percent from the floor including 2-of-18 from the long range.
- Both teams finished with 10 assists while the Warriors bench outscored the Dolphins bench 28-15.
- Le Moyne forced 16 Merrimack turnovers, as well as scoring 13 points off the Merrimack turnovers.
- The Warriors finished the afternoon with 42 points in the paint.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when they travel to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.