Women’s Basketball Heads to Worcester to Battle Assumption Saturday Afternoon

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team will look to pick up a crucial win on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to take on Northeast-10 Conference foe Assumption College at Laska Gymnasium.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 |1:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (11-11, 7-10) | Assumption (13-9, 9-8)
Location: Laska Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.

Last Time Out

No. 1 Bentley stayed unbeaten, 92-49 over Merrimack College Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball at the Dana Center.

After several early lead changes, an 11-2 run put Bentley in front to stay at 20-12. 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.

A 10-0 burst early in the second half extended the Falcons' lead to 23, 51-28, with nearly 16 minutes still to play. About a minute later, a Battista free throw provided the opening point in a 19-2 explosion with 9:12 remaining. 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.

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.

This Season against the Assumption Greyhounds (Dec. 7)

  • Leading by just one at the half, Assumption used an early second-half run to extend the lead as the Hounds went on to defeat Merrimack College by a 76-66
  • For the game, Merrimack went 22-for-52 from the floor (42.3 percent) including shooting 35.0 percent (7-for-20) from long range and 71 percent (15-for-21) from deep. Assumption won the rebounding battle, 44-31, against the Warriors, as well as posting four fast break points.
  • Freshman Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas) posted a career-high 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals.
  • The turnover battle was lost once again by the Warriors as they turned the ball over 22 times compared to Assumption's 15. The Warriors finished today's game scoring 36 bench points, while the Greyhounds posted 19 bench points.

The Warriors:

  • After the tough road loss to Bentley University on Tuesday night, the Warriors are currently sixth in the Northeast Division and are two games behind Saint Anselm for the fifth and final spot in the tournament.
  • Merrimack has won one of its last four games and has shot only 38 percent from the floor and 28.9 percent from behind the arc.
  • Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) currently leads the Warriors in rebounding tallying 6.9 and averages 1.9 steals per game.
  • Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) ranks 37th in Division II averaging 4.7 assists a game, while freshman Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) is second on the team with 3.1 assists per game.

Scouting the Assumption Greyhounds:

  • The Greyhounds are coming off a huge home victory against Stonehill College on Tuesday night and improve their home record to 10-2.
  • Forward Jamie Insel currently ranks fifth in the NE-10 standings in rebounding averaging 8.6 per game while the team averages 39.8 rebounds a game.
  • Guard Morgan O'Brien ranks fifth in the league in 3-point percentage shooting 41.1 percent as well as posting six points per game on 46.4 percent shooting from the field.
  • As a team, Assumption leads the conference average 15.5 made free throws a game and is shooting 70.2 percent from the line.


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