Stonehill College Too Much for Women’s Hoops; Warriors Fall, 68-47

Photo Credits: Jim Stankiewicz

WARRIORS FALL TO THE SKYHAWKS THURSDAY NIGHT AT HOME AND SUFFER THEIR TENTH LOSS OF THE SEASON

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite trailing the visitors by five (26-21) heading into halftime, Stonehill College proved too much for Merrimack, as the Warriors fell, 68-47, in a league battle on Thursday night at Hammel Court.  

The Basics
Game:
Stonehill 68, Merrimack 47
Records:
Merrimack (10-10, 6-9) | Stonehill (14-5, 11-4)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

For the second game in a row, freshman Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas) led the Warriors in scoring with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting. Sophomore Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points, and four rebounds. Freshman Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) posted a team-high four assists.

The Warriors were held to 40.9 percent shooting (18-for-44) overall, including 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from three-point range, and 9-for-16 (56.2 percent) at the line. Stonehill shot 40.3 percent (25-for-62) from the field, including 48.3 percent (14-29) in the second half. The Skyhawks connected on 7-of-28 (25.0 percent) three-pointers and were just 11-for-20 (55.0 percent) from the free-throw line.

Stonehill opened the first half with a 5-0 run, but the Warriors cut the visitors' lead to one (5-4) after a Ward layup from Scott.

Midway through the half, Stonehill opened its lead to double digits (14-4) after a made free throw from Tori Faieta. The home team battled back with an 8-0 run to bring the Warriors to within two (14-12) with 5:28 remaining.

However, Merrimack could not stop the Skyhawks' offense from taking a 10-point (26-16) lead with less than two minutes to play. With the visitors controlling the momentum, Merrimack trailed Stonehill, 26-21, heading into halftime.

Merrimack came out fighting to start the second half bringing the score to within three (26-23) after a jumper from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.). However, over the next few minutes Stonehill took its biggest lead of the game with 25 (51-26) with 11:24 left to play.

The Warriors were able to bring the score to within 19 (53-34) after a layup from Obach, but Merrimack was unable to play catch-up and dropped its third-straight game against the Skyhawks, 68-47.

The Skyhawks were led by Tori Faieta, who posted a double-double, 14 points and 17 rebounds. She also posted a team-high four blocks and a steal. Asia Ewing finished the night with 10 points and four rebounds.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack finished the night with 29 bench points and posted six fast break points.
  • Stonehill finished with a 42-30 rebounding advantage and forcing 21 Merrimack turnovers.
  • Junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) recorded a team-high six rebounds, while junior Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) chipped in with four rebounds.
  • The Skyhawks held an 11-10 edge in points off turnovers, as well as holding a 32-28 points in the pain advantage.

Up Next
Merrimack is right back in action on Saturday when it hosts Southern New Hampshire for their Play 4 Kay Game for Breast Cancer Awareness as part of Alumni Day. Tipp-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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