WARRIORS DROP TO 10-8 OVERALL AND 6-7 IN NORTHEAST-10 PLAY
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite a 13-point effort from junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team suffered its eighth loss of the season, as the visiting Southern Connecticut State University Owls defeated Merrimack, 72-62, Tuesday night at Hammel Court.
Game: Southern Conn. State 72 | Merrimack 62
Records: Merrimack (10-8, 6-7) | So. Conn. State (10-9, 6-7)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) finished the night with 12 points, six assists, and two steals. Sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points each, while Amenta tallied six rebounds.
Jackie Beathea led the Owls in scoring with 25 points to go along with seven rebounds while Keshia Primo finished with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Early in the first half, Southern Connecticut led the Warriors by a score of 7-2 but a jumper from Sells sparked an 8-0 run to take a three-point lead over the visitors with 13:17 remaining. The Owls managed to rally back to tie the game at 14-all, before taking a nine-point (24-15) lead over the Warriors.
Merrimack battled back to within one (24-23) before taking a one-point lead (25-24) with 3:30 left in the first. However, Southern held tough and ended the half on a 7-0 run to bring the visitors ahead, 32-25, heading into the locker room.
The Owls continued where they left off, opening the second half on an 8-6 run to extend the Owls lead to nine (40-31). Merrimack continued to chip away at the visitors lead but Southern Connecticut extended their lead to 11 (51-40) with 12:05 remaining.
Over the next couple of minutes, the Warriors battled back to within five (51-46) after a layup from sophomore Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.). But, with 6:55 left to play the Owls took its biggest lead of the game with 12 (58-46).
Merrimack came within four (62-58) after a made layup from Sells but the visiting Owls were too much for the home team to handle defeating the Warriors, 72-62.
A Closer Look
- For the game, Merrimack shot 45.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range, while holding the visitors to 40.3 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from deep.
- SCSU led the night with 38 points in the paint while holding the Warriors to 34 points.
- Merrimack's bench outscored the Owls, 17-9.
- The Owls won the rebounding battle, 39-29, as well as forcing 18 Merrimack turnovers.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when they travel to West Haven, Conn. to take on the New Haven Chargers. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.