WARRIORS FALL SHORT AGAINST THE HAWKS AND UNABLE TO SECURE PLAYOFF BERTH
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) scored 11 points and junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) added 10 points, but the Merrimack College women's basketball team suffered a 62-49 loss against Northeast Division foe Saint Anselm College on Wednesday evening at Bert Hammel Court.
Game: Saint Anselm 62, Merrimack 49
Records: Merrimack (11-13, 7-12) | Saint Anselm (14-10, 10-9)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Wagner shot 4-of-6 from the floor and collected three steals in 15 minutes, while Rothman was 2-of-16 from the flied, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Newton native also recorded a team-high seven assists and two rebounds.
The Hawks were led by Tori Lehr, who registered a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Briana Jones scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Kierra Moore netted 13 points to go along with four rebounds.
Saint Anselm opened the first half taking an early 10-2 lead just four minutes into the contest, but Merrimack answered back with a 7-1 run to cut its deficit to two (11-9) with 11:45 remaining in the opening frame.
A three from Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.) cut the Hawks lead to one (15-14) but atrey from Ashley Viselli sparked an 8-1 stretch that extended the the Hawks lead to 23-15 with 7:15 to play.
Merrimack pulled to within three (23-20), but the Hawks continued to extend their lead to seven (27-20) with 3:28 left. Heading into halftime, Merrimack would go trailing Saint Anselm, 29-24.
Saint Anselm started the second half on 12-4 run that opened the lead to a game-high 13 points at 41-28. A jumper from senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) sparked a 15-5 run to close the Warriors' gap to three (46-43) with 6:30 to go.
The Hawks responded back by closing the game on a 12-4 run (62-49), extending their lead to double-digits and pulling away from the Lady Warriors. The loss dashed Merrimack's hopes of a possible playoff berth, while proving to be enough for the Hawks to secure a spot in the Northeast-10 Championship.
A Closer Look
- The Hawks outshot Merrimack, 36.4 percent to 32.7 percent, while the Warriors narrowly returned the favor from beyond the arc, 35.7 percent to 33.3 percent.
- Saint Anselm went 17-of-23 from the line, while the Warriors were 8-for-10 (80%), but did not make a trip to the stripe in the second half.
- The Hawks won the rebounding battle (41-30), as well as the battle in the paint (28-20).
- Merrimack's bench chipped in with 24 points, while the Warriors' defense forced 16 Saint Anselm turnovers.
Northeast Division Standings
1. Bentley (19-0) *
2. Stonehill (14-5) *
3. Franklin Pierce (11-8) *
4. Assumption (11-8) *
5. Saint Anselm (10-9) *
6. Merrimack (7-12)
7. So. New Hampshire (5-13)
8. Saint Michaels (2-17)
- With the loss against Saint Anselm, Merrimack is now three games behind the Hawks and the final slot for the Northeast-10 Championship.
- With two games remaining, the Warriors are unable to make the NE-10 Championship.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when take on Franklin Pierce in a NE-10 conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30.