February 5, 2014

Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Challenge Stonehill College Thursday

WARRIORS HOST THE SKYHAWKS IN A NORTHEAST DIVISION SHOWDOWN THURSDAY NIGHT ON MERRIMACKATHLETICS.TV

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After dropping back-to-back losses to Southern Conn. and New Haven last week, the Merrimack College women's basketball team looks to snap its two-game losing streak when they host Stonehill College Thursday night at Hammel Court in a Northeast Division showdown.

The Basics
Game: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 |5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (10-9, 6-8) | Stonehill (13-5, 10-4)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

New Haven managed to pull away late, as the Warriors suffered their second consecutive defeat, 82-70, on Saturday afternoon at Charger Gymnasium.

Both sides went back-and-forth down the floor over the course of the first stanza, as the Warriors went into the break trailing by just nine, 43-34. That theme continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as Merrimack continued to keep the pace with the Chargers, but a late spark ignited the home side to an eventual 37-36 point advantage in second-half scoring.

The margin stayed within five points for the majority of the first half as the game's four ties and two lead changes all occurred within the opening 15:11 of action. It was a New Haven three-pointer that tied the game at 29-29 with 4:49 to go and started the Chargers on a 12-0 run to build a lead that they would not relinquish. In total, New Haven ended the period on a 19-5 stretch to take a 45-34 lead into the locker room.

The lead grew as large as 18 points in the second half at 70-52 on a pair of Hayes free throws with 6:22 left. Merrimack made a final push with an 11-0 spurt to climb within seven points with 3:45 to play, but the Chargers shot 8-for-9 from the free throw line down the stretch to close out an 82-70 victory.

This Season against the Skyhawks (Nov. 20):

  • Stonehill managed to pull away early in the second half, as the Warriors suffered their first conference defeat, 86-74.
  • The home teams' strengths came from dominating the battle on the glass on Wednesday, as the Skyhawks held a 40-33 edge in rebounding.
  • Merrimack shot 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line; the Warriors recorded 10 points off a Stonehill's turnovers.
  • Both sides registered over 70 percent from the free throw line, while Stonehill finished 6-of-13 (46.2) from long range.

The Warriors:

  • The Warriors have lost their last two games, while shooting a combined 38.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range.
  • Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) is the only Warriors to average in double figures a game with 14.4 points.
  • The Warriors hold a 4-4 record at home, while losing to Southern Conn. in their last home game.
  • Merrimack has totaled 38 blocks as well as averaging two blocks a game.

Scouting the Stonehill Skyhawks:

  • The Skyhawks are coming off a 92-81 overtime victory win against the College os Saint Rose on Saturday, as well as earning its third consecutive win.
  • On the road, Stonehill is 3-4, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and averaging 34.6 rebounds a game.
  • Stonehill's offense leads Division II shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range and ranks fourth in assist/turnover ratio with 1.35.
  • Senior guard Mary Louise Dixon leads the Skyhawks in points and assists averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 assists per game.

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