Women's Hoops Returns to Hammel Court, Hosts Saint Anselm Wednesday Night

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WARRIORS AIM TO KEEP PLAYOFF HOPES ALLIVE, CHALLENGE HAWKS IN NORTHEAST DIVISION SHOWDOWN

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Looking to keep its playoff hopes alive, the Merrimack College women's basketball team welcomes Saint Anselm College to Hammel Court for Wednesday night Northeast Division showdown.

The Basics
Game: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 |5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (11-12, 7-11) | Saint Anselm (13-10, 9-9)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

The Warriors were unable to come up with the road victory against Assumption College, as they fell 67-56, on Saturday afternoon at Laska Gymnasium.

Assumption came out firing early as the Hounds built to a 9-2 lead over the first 3:54 after a three-pointer from Kelly Conley. The Warriors pulled within two with 12:43 left in the half, but the Hounds continued to lead by seven at 17-10 after a jumper from Caitlin Ackerman midway thru the half. Merrimack answered with a 6-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) with 7:09 on the clock, to get within 17-16. The Hounds' offense came roaring to life over the remainder of the period, closing on a 17-1 run to bring the score heading into the half, 34-17.

Assumption led by as many as 21 twice in the second half, including at 49-28 with 14:11 left. Merrimack kept fighting and pulled within 54-42 at the 10:11 mark after a layup from junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), but Assumption led by double digits for nearly the remainder of the game. The Warriors briefly cut the lead to eight with 1:13 left after a jumper from sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) before a 5-2 Assumption run ended the game for the 11-point final.

This Season against the Saint Anselm Hawks (Nov. 26)

  • Saint Anselm College women's basketball team fell to Merrimack College, 72-67.
  • Merrimack outshot Saint Anselm, 47.3 percent (26-55) to 44.3 percent (27-61), including 64 percent (16-25) to 35.3 percent (12-34) in the second half. The Warriors held a large advantage from behind the arc as they knocked down 8 of 15 (53.3%) of their treys, while the Hawks went 0-for-4 from deep.
  • The Hawks also controlled the glass (38-29), including 15-6 on the offensive end, and the paint (40-26), while narrowly winning the turnover battle (15/16).
  • Saint Anselm held a 14-7 edge in second chance points.

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)

  • With the win on Wednesday, the Warriors still have a chance to make the Northeast-10 Championship.
  • Merrimack could go as high as fifth in the rankings. 

The Warriors:

  • With just three game lefts in the regular season, the Warriors are currently ranked sixth in the Northeast Division and is two games behind Saint Anselm for the final spot.
  • Merrimack is coming off back-to-back losses on the road against No. 1 Bentley and Assumption College.
  • In the last five games, Merrimack has shot a combined 38.9 percent from the floor and 27.7 percent from behind the arc.
  • As a team, Merrimack avereages 2.1 blocks and forces 17.8 turnovers per game.

Scouting the Saint Anselm Hawks:

  • The Hawks are currently sitting in the fith and final spot in the Northeast Division, as well as winning its last three games.
  • Senior forward Tori Lehr leads the team averaging 15 points a game, while shooting 49 percent from the field.
  • Saint Anselm ranks fourth in the league in rebounding tallying 40.7 a game, as well as ranking third in steals with nine.
  • Lehr also leads the team in rebounding with 9.7 per game.

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