Women’s Basketball Stuns No. 20 Adelphi University, 74-69

Photo Credits: Jim Stankiewicz


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Handing the No. 20 team, Adelphi University, its fourth loss of the season, the Merrimack College women's basketball team delivered a 74-69 blow to the Panthers Saturday afternoon at Hammel Court.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 74 | No. 20 Adelphi 69
Records: Merrimack (10-7, 6-6) | No. 20 Adelphi (14-4, 8-4)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

 Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) finished the afternoon with a season-high 24 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and a block. Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) contributed 18 points, five rebounds and two assists, while sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) tallied a season-high 16 points, four rebounds, and an assist.

Leading the Panthers' offense was senior Jessica Kitrys who accounted for 23 points and eight rebounds, along with two steals. Freshman Ashley Gomez came off the bench to contribute six point and four rebounds of her own.

Early in the first half, the Panthers held a steady lead, with the largest margin appearing with 13:43 remaining at 14-7. Merrimack answered back with a 17-5 run that gave them the upper hand, leading 24-19 with 5:04 remaining in the first.

The Panthers managed to cut the Warriors lead to within one (24-23) after back-to-back free throws from Sade Jackson, but the home team finished the half on a 8-5 run to bring the score to 32-28.

Adelphi came charging out of the locker room and decreased Merrimack's lead to two (32-30) after a layup from Jenna Halaby. Merrimack's offense continued to make baskets and extend its lead to six (38-32) with 17:23 left to play.

Jackson managed to bring the score to within one (40-39) but a huge 3-pointer from Weissmann sparked a 5-4 run to bring the score to 48-43 with 12:41 remaining.

A few minutes later, Kitrys pushed the Panthers ahead of Merrimack, 49-48, with 11:08 remaining in the half. With the clock winding down, both teams experienced four ties and Merrimack was able to capitalize on an 8-4 run with less than a minute to play.

Adelphi threatened the Warriors with 38 seconds to play, after a trey from Tara Flynn to bring the score to within three (70-67). However, back-to-back layups from freshman Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) and Weissmann sealed the deal for Merrimack, 74-69.

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the floor, while holding the Panthers to only 43.3 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from deep.
  • Adelphi led the afternoon with 40 in the paint points, as well as posting a 16-14 advantage in bench points.
  • Today's game has four lead changes and the score was tied seven times.
  • Merrimack finished with 16 points off of the Panthers 15 turnovers.

Notable Notes

  • The Warriors have not beaten a ranked team since February 17, 2010, when they defeated No. 1 Franklin Pierce on the road.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 28th when they host the Southern Connecticut State University Owls at Hammel Court. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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