Team Effort Carries Women’s Hoops to Victory over Southern New Hampshire, 73-65

ARIA JOHNSON FINSIHED ONE STEAL SHY OF A TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH 13 POINTS, 10 REBOUNDS, AND NINE STEALS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team played shutdown defense against Southern New Hampshire and won its 11th game of the season in a 73-65 victory Saturday afternoon at Bert Hammel Court in its annual Play4Kay event.

The Basics
Game:  
Merrimack 73, Southern New Hampshire 65
Records:
Merrimack (11-10, 7-9) | Southern New Hampshire (7-14, 5-11)
Location:
Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) posted a team high 17 points and led three Warriors in double figures. Rothman also chipped in with four assists and went 3-of-7 from downtown. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) tallied 15 points off the bench; while junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) finished one steal shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals.

Penmen sophomore Erin Doherty posted a team high 27 points, going 10-18 from the floor and 7-8 at the free throw line.  Junior Brooke Springfield totaled 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, while classmate Lorreta Rocha added 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Southern New Hampshire opened the first half on an 8-0 run before taking a 10 point (12-2) lead over the Warriors with 13:50 left to play. Over the next couple of minutes, both teams exchanged baskets until the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to bring the score to within one (25-24). However, two Secor free throws put the Warriors ahead 26-25 with 4:34 remaining in the first. The Warriors led the rest of the half and took a 33-29 lead into the locker room.

Merrimack extended its lead to nine early in the second half before a Rocha layup ignited a 6-0 run to bring the Penmen to within three (40-37). With less than eight minutes to play, Secor put the Warriors' ahead by 10 (56-46), but Southern New Hampshire answered right back to bring them to within five(60-55).

From that point on, Southern New Hampshire was unable to capitalize on offense and stop Merrimack from earning a 73-65 home victory on Alumni Day.

The Penmen shot 49 (24-of-49) percent for the game while limiting Merrimack to 42.6 (26-of-61) percent shooting, with the Warriors going 4-12 (33.3%) behind the arc and the Penmen 2-8 (25%). Merrimack was 17-22 (77.3%) from the free throw line while Southern New Hampshire went 15-19 (78.9%).

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack had a 29-12 lead in points off turnovers, taking advantage of 24 Penmen giveaways. 
  • SNHU held a 32-30 rebounding advantage, as well as a 40-34 points in the paint advantage.
  • The Warriors' bench posted 41 points and held the Penmens' bench to only 10 points.
  • Both teams tallied six fast break points and Merrimack led the afternoon with 16 second chance points.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, February 11 when they travel to Waltham, Mass. to take on the No. 1 Bentley University Falcons. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30.

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