No. 1 Bentley Pulls Away from Women’s Hoops in 92-49 Decision

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WALTHAM, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team was not able to pull of the upset on Tuesday night over the No. 1 Bentley University Falcons as the fell 92-49 in front of fans at the Dana Center.

The Basics
No. 1 Bentley 92, Merrimack 49
Records: Merrimack (11-11, 7-10) | No. 1 Bentley University (22-0, 17-0)
Location: Dana Center | Waltham, Mass. 

How It Happened

Merrimack was led by junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who came off the bench for the second time this season. Rothman finished the game 3-for-10 from the floor including 1-for-6 from three point range which was good for nine points while sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) racked up eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) finished off her night with seven points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

The key stat in the loss for the Warriors was the turnover battles as Merrimack committed 25 turnovers to the Falcons 15. Bentley took advantage of the turnovers they caused as they outscored the Warriors 32-15 in points off turnovers.

The Warriors held the lead for first two minutes of the first half as they took their biggest lead of the game, 2, after a layup from Ward. The Falcons fought back and took the lead over 22-14, with 9:20 to play in the first as Christiana Bakolas made the open layup.

The Falcons continued to build on their lead in the second part of the opening half as their lead opened to 14 on two free throws from Lauren Battista to make it 39-24 with a minute left to play in the first. But then, junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) answered back with the final baskets of the half to bring the score to 41-26. The Falcons finished the opening half shooting 50 percent from the floor while the Warriors finished shooting 32 percent and forced 11 Bentley turnovers.

Merrimack opened the second half with nice layup from Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) to cut the lead to 13 (41-28) but Jacqui Brugliera answered right back with a made layup in the lane to make the score 43-28 in favor of the home team.  With that layup from Brugliera, Bentley then went on a 17-3 run to give them a 27 point lead with 13:42 remaining.

The Warriors tried picking away at the big deficit, but the closet the Warriors got in the second half was 36 down after two free throws from freshman Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.). The two teams went back and forth over the final seven minutes as the Falcons were able to stay undefeated, 22-0, with the 92-49 win at the Dana Center.

A Closer Look

  • For the game, Merrimack shot 36.2 percent from the floor while the home team shot 54.5 percent.
  • The bench battle was won by the Falcons as they outscore the Warriors 38-27 in the victory.
  • Bentley won the rebounding battle at the Dana Center, 40-25, as well as over-powering the Warriors in the paint, 48-22.
  • From behind the arc, Bentley went 8-for-20 (.400) while Merrimack went only 1-for-8 (.125).

Northeast Division Standings
1. Bentley (17-0) *
2. Stonehill (12-4) *
3. Frnaling Pierce (10-6) *
4. Assumption (8-8) *
5. Saint Anselm (8-9) *
6. Merrimack (7-10)
7. So. New Hampshire (5-11)
8. Saint Michaels (2-15)

  • Only the top five teams in both the Northeast and Southwest Division will make the NE-10 Championship.
  • After this loss, the Warriors are currently a game behind Saint Anselm.

Up Next
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on the Assumption Greyhounds. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30.


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