January 27, 2014

Women’s Basketball Set for Home Tilt against Southern Connecticut State Tuesday Night

THE WARRIORS WELCOME THE OWLS TO HAMMEL COURT ON MERRIMACKATHLETICS.TV

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After defeating the No. 20 Adelphi University Panthers on Saturday afternoon, the Merrimack College women's basketball team welcomes Southern Connecticut State University to Hammel Court for a Tuesday night Northeast-10 Conference tilt.

The Basics
Game: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 |5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (10-7, 6-6) | Southern Conn. (9-9, 5-7)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

With a game that had four lead changes and seven ties, the Warriors came up on top defeating No. 20 Adelphi University, 74-69, on Saturday afternoon at Hammel Court.

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.

In the opening seven minutes of the first half, Adelphi took a 14-7 lead over the home team until Merrimack answered back with a 17-5 run to bring the score to 24-19 in favor of the Warriors.

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 an 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.

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 sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) sealed the deal for Merrimack, 74-69.

Last Season against the Owls:

  • Merrimack defeated SCSU in overtime by the score of 74-70.
  • Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) scored 23 of her career-high 34 points in the second half of the Warriors come-from-behind victory.
  • After the Rothman three forced overtime, Merrimack dominated the overtime session as Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) scored four of her eight points and Rothman chipped in with four to secure the win.
  • The Warriors pulled away in the overtime period outscoring the Owls by the score of 10-6.
  • For the game, Merrimack shot 39.1 percent from the floor and 14-20 from the charity stripe. Defensively, Merrimack held the Owls to 37.3 percent from the floor and forced 25 turnovers for the second time this season.

The Warriors:

  • Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) ranks fourth in the NE-10 conference shooting 55.9 percent from the field.
  • The Warriors hold their opponents to only 28.1 percent from 3-point range, as well as holding them to 67.8 points per game.
  • Rothman ranks 38th in Division II and fourth in the league in assists averaging 4.8 a game.
  • The Warriors have won their last three out of five games.

Scouting the Southern Conn. Owls:

  • On the road, SCSU is 4-6 while coming off a road loss to Franklin Pierce on Saturday. 
  • The Owls currently lead the conference in steals averaging 11.4 a game, but rank 12th in turnovers with 17.9 per game.
  • In the month of December, SCSU has shot a high 36.6 percent from deep and 76.1 percent from the line in January.
  • Senior Keshia Primo leads the team averaging 13.8 points per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field.

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