WARRIORS FALL TO THE GREYHOUNDS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND DROP TO 7-11 IN NORTHEAST-10 PLAY
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite a combined 22-point effort from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) and junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.), the Merrimack College women's basketball team was unable to come up with the road victory against Assumption College, as they fell 67-56, on Saturday afternoon at Laska Gymnasium.
Game: Assumption 67, Merrimack 56
Records: Merrimack (11-12, 7-11) | Assumption (14-9, 10-8)
Location: Laska Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
Johnson led the Warriors with 12 points, four steals and five rebounds while Rothman finished the afternoon with 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and a steal. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.), freshman Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.) and sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) chipped in with six points each, respectively.
The Greyhounds we led offensively by Caitlin Ackerman, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Shannon Ray, Tafanie Roye and Jamie Insel each contributed 12 points apiece, while Ray recorded a team-high six assists.
Assumption opened the game rallying off six straight points to take the early lead (6-0). A layup from Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) sparked a 7-3 run to bring the Warriors to within two (9-7) with 13:18 left to play.
The Greyhounds would go on an 8-3 run over the next four minutes to take the 17-10 lead before Secor ended that run going one-for-one at the line.
Over the next couple of minutes, both teams exchanged baskets until an Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) 3-pointer put the Warriors to within one (17-16). From that point on, the Greyhounds took control of the final seven minutes of the half going on a 17-1 run to bring the home team ahead, 34-17, heading into intermission.
Assumption finished the first half shooting 47 percent (15-for-32) from the field and 29 percent (4-for-14) from long range. Merrimack was held to 25 percent (6-for-24) from the floor and 43 percent (3-for-7) from the free throw line.
Merrimack opened the second half with back-to-back baskets from Sells and Johnson forced the Greyhounds to call a timeout with 18:42 remaining. After the timeout, Merrimack was able to shift the momentum and go on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 36-21, in favor of the hosts.
With less than eight minutes to play, Merrimack continued to challenge the Greyhounds and a Secor layup put the Warriors to within 10 (58-48), but Assumption extended their lead after back-to-back baskets from Ackerman.
It was a tough game for the lady Warriors who had to play catch-up over the entire contest. The last two minutes were just as challenging as Merrimack saw its eight point deficit go back up to double-figures.
For the game, Assumption shot 50.9 percent (29-for-57) from the field while the Warriors shot only 42.1 percent (24-for-57) from the floor. The Greyhounds went 6-for-20 from behind the arc and went 3-for-6 from the charity stripe. Merrimack shot 22.2 percent (2-for-9) from long range and finished 6-for-11 from line free throw line.
A Closer Look
- Both teams finished the afternoon with 33 rebounds each, while the Warrior bench contributed 29 points.
- Merrimack forced 20 Assumption turnovers as well as tallying 20 points off the Greyhounds giveaways.
- Assumption posted 38 points in the paints and 19 bench points.
- The Warriors tallied eight second chance points, while the Greyhounds only tallied four.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Bentley (18-0) *
2. Stonehill (13-5) *
3. Franklin Pierce (11-7) *
4. Assumption (10-8) *
5. Saint Anselm (9-9) *
6. Merrimack (7-11)
7. So. New Hampshire (5-13)
8. Saint Michaels (2-16)
- Only the top five teams will make the tournament.
- After this loss, the Warriors are currently two games behind Saint Anselm to earn the fifth and final spot in the championship.
- The Warriors have three games left in the regular season.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19, when they host Saint Anselm College in a NE-10 conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30.