Women’s Hoops Defeats Saint Michael's On Senior Night, 74-63

WARRIORS SNEAK BY PURPLE KNIGHTS TUESDAY NGIHT AND WRAP UP 2013-14 SEASON WITH 12 WINS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) dominated on Tuesday night at Hammel Court as she finished with 22 points and four assists in the Warriors 74-63 victory over the Saint Michael's Purple Knights.

The Basics
Game:  
Merrimack 74, Saint Michael's 63
Records: Merrimack (12-14, 8-13) | Saint Michael's (4-21, 3-18)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

How It Happened

Rothman was dominate all night long as she finished the game going 7-for 10 from the floor and 5-for-7 from long range, including scoring 20 of her 22 points in the second half. Sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) had one of her better performances of the season as she finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) rounded out the trio of double-digit scorers with 10 points and four rebounds.

Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) also had a nice game in her final game at home as she finished with two rebounds, an assist and two blocks.

The turning point of the game came late in the first half as the Warriors cut the Purple Knights lead to nine at 30-21. The Warriors responded quickly with a jumper from Sells to go on a 9-0 run to tie the Purple Knights at 30-all, but the Purple Knights headed into halftime holding a one-point lead (32-31).

In the opening five minutes of the first, Merrimack and Saint Michael's exchanged leads until the Purple Knight's went on a 14-4 run that extended their lead to 11 (20-9) with 13:13 remaining.  Saint Michael's continued to keep its lead in double-figures, while two free-throws from Kaitlin Geary put the Purple Knights ahead by 16 (27-11).

Merrimack quickly responded, scoring 10 straight points to start to a 19-3 run. Junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) drained a three at 2:44 to knot the contest at 30, but Long hit two freebies 28 seconds later, and the visitors took a 32-31 edge into halftime.

Saint Michael's scored the first basket of the second half giving the Purple Knights a three-point lead, but back-to-back Rothman threes put her team on top, 42-38. After a basket from Makenzie Burud, the visitors pulled to within one until the home team scored 12 of the next 14 points.

With the clock winding down, Saint Michael's managed to cut the Warriors' lead to within four (63-59) with 4:34 remaining, but it wasn't enough to stop the Warriors from taking a 11-point lead (74-63) with 37 second left to play.

Forward Alexa Long tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, hitting all of her four free-throws, while Indira Evora netted 20 points, two rebounds, and two assists.

A Closer Look into This Season

Merrimack wrapped up the 2013-14 season with an overall-record of 12-14 and 8-13 NE-10 Conference record. 

The Warriors averaged 65.6 points per game, to go along with their 40.8 percent shooting from the floor and 68.5 percent from the charity stripe. As a team, Merrimack ranked third in the Northeast-10 in allowing its opponent to shoot only 30.1 percent from behind the arc.

Rothman finished her junior year with a total of 355 points (13.7 ppg), including shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from behind the arc. In her first year with the Warriors, Johnson lead the team in rebounding with 175 total rebounds (6.7 rpg), as well as in steals with a total of 49 (2.0 apg).

Northeast Division Standings
1. Bentley (21-0) *
2. Stonehill (14-7) *
3. Assumption (13-8) *
4. Franklin Pierce (12-9) *
5. Saint Anselm (11-10) *
6. Merrimack (8-13)
7. So. New Hampshire (5-16)
8. Saint Michaels (3-18)

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