ARIA JOHNSON FINISHES THE NIGHT WITH HER SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON, 17 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite a double-double performance from junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team fell to American International on the road Wednesday night, 72-62.
Game: American International 72 | Merrimack 62
Records: Merrimack (9-7, 5-6) | American International (11-6, 5-6)
Location: Henry A. Butova Gymnasium | Springfield, Mass.
How It Happened
Johnson recorded her second double-double of the season Wednesday night as she finished with a team-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the loss. Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) was the only other Warrior to score in double figures as she finished with 15 points while junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) finished with nine points and two rebounds. Junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman Tia Scott (Tyler, Texas) provided the Warriors a spark off the bench as they finished with six points each.
The Warriors opened up the game quick as Rothman drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to give Merrimack the early 6-0 lead. The Navy and Gold extended its lead to nine (18-7) after a made layup from Scott with 10:11 remaining in the first.
The Yellow Jackets battled back to within eight (18-10) after a trey from Brianna Bishop, but after back-to-back baskets from Johnson and Amenta, Merrimack took a 28-13 lead. In the final five minutes of the half, they Yellow Jackets rallied back on a 13-3 run to take a one point (32-31) lead heading into halftime.
Merrimack started the second half on a 10-0 run to take a 41-32 lead with 18:29 left to play. AIC battled back and cut the deficit to four (50-46) after a made three from Bishop. The Yellow Jackets continued to chip away at the Warriors lead until a layup from Krista Ferrentino put the home team ahead, 51-50.
Over the next couple of minutes, Merrimack and AIC battled for the lead, until a Rothman layup put the Warriors ahead, 57-54. With 4:35 left to play in regulation, Merrimack continued to have control of the lead over the Yellow Jackets, 61-59. However, AIC tied the Warriors at 61, before taking a 63-61 lead.
In the final minutes of play, AIC took control extending its lead to six (66-60) forcing the visitors to take a timeout. The Yellow Jackets ended the game on a 6-2 run to give the Warriors its seventh loss of the season.
The Yellow Jackets had three players score in double figures including Krista Ferrentino who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kamika Mason finished off her impressive day with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Brianna Bishop finished with 14 points and three assists.
A Closer Look
- For the game, the Warriors shot 43.9 percent from the floor while holding their opponent to only 38.1 percent.
- The Warriors were outrebounded 46-37 for the game and they were outscored 23-16 in bench points.
- Merrimack led the night in turnovers, 13-7, while AIC scored 16 points off the Warrior turnovers.
- The Yellow Jackets shot 50 percent from deep and 69.9 percent from the line while Merrimack 6-of-20 (30.0 percent) from long range and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host Adelphi University in a NE-10 conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.