Women's Hoops Dropped at Fieldhouse By Franklin Pierce, 69-54

Photo Credits: Vaughn Winchell


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RINDGE, N.H. – Despite trailing by five heading into halftime, the Merrimack College women's basketball team was defeated on Saturday afternoon at the Fieldhouse by Franklin Pierce by the score of  69-54.

The Basics
Franklin Pierce 69, Merrimack 54
Records: Merrimack (11-14, 7-13) | Franklin Pierce (15-10, 12-8)
Location: The Fieldhouse | Rindge, N.H. 

How It Happened

In 25 minutes of action, senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) was the only Warrior to score in double-figures, as she finished the afternoon with 17 points, two blocks, and five rebounds. Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) added nine points and four rebounds, while sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) chipped in with eight points and two rebounds.

Franklin Pierce opened the game rallying off five straight points, but a Sells jumper sparked a 6-0 run to take an early 6-5 lead over the Ravens. With the score tied at 11-11, Franklin Pierce answered right back with an 11-0 run and opened an early 23-11 advantage with 6:
41 remaining.

The Warriors would later use five points from Secor to power a 14-5 run that brought the Warriors within three (28-25) with 1:22 left to play in the half. However, the Ravens responded right away, closing the half on a 3-0 run to bring the score to 31-25.

Two quick baskets from Secor brought the visitors to within three (31-28) in the opening 30 seconds of the second half. The Raven's answered back taking a 12-point lead (47-35) after a layup from Dyamond Gardner with 12:10 remaining.

Midway through the half, the Warriors continued to chip away at the Ravens' double-digit lead until a 4-0 spurt put the Warriors within eight (57-49) with 5:44 to play. With the clock winding down, the Warriors could only play catch-up as Ravens delivered the Warriors' 14th loss of the season Saturday afternoon.

Franklin Pierce outshot Merrimack, 47.4 percent to 31.7 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent to 14.3 percent from long distance. The Ravens also held a 73.3 percent to 66.7 percent edge at the line.

A Closer Look

  • Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) tallied a team-high eight assists, while freshman Tia Scott (New York. N.Y.) posted four helpers.
  • Franklin Pierce won the battle on the glass, 39-38, as well as nine second chance points.
  • The Warriors' benched chipped in with 12 points while the team finished with only three fastbreak points.
  • Merrimack tallied 18 turnovers on the afternoon and forced 17 Raven turnovers.

Northeast Division Standings
1. Bentley (20-0) *
2. Stonehill (14-6) *
3. Assumption (12-8) *
4. Franklin Pierce (11-8) *
5. Saint Anselm (10-10) *
6. Merrimack (7-12)
7. So. New Hampshire (5-15)
8. Saint Michaels (3-17)

Up Next
The Warriors will return home to Hammel Court to round out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 25, against Saint Michael's. Before the contest, the program will honor its one-member senior class as part of Senior Night. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.


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