Women's Basketball Falls Short, 59-52, Against Goldey-Beacom in ECAC Quarterfinals

Photo Credits: Vaughn Winchell

WARRIORS END POSTSEASON RUN AGAINST LIGHTNING WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN ECAC QUARTERFINALS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team shrank a 10-point deficit to just four with less than a minute to go, but visiting Goldey-Beacom held on to escape Hammel Court with a 59-52 win in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Div. II Postseason Championship.

The Basics
Game:  Goldey-Beacom 59, Merrimack 52
Records: Merrimack (12-15) | Goldey-Beacom (14-14)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass. 

The ECAC Division II Postseason Championship
Quarterfinal – Wednesday, March 12
Game 1: No. 6 Lindenwood University (14-13) at No. 3 Bluefield State (14-15), 7 p.m.
Game 2: No. 5 Goldey-Beacom (14-14) at No. 4 Merrimack (12-15) - 59-52
** highest seed will host

Semifinal – Saturday, March 15
Game 3: No. 1 Caldwell College (18-11) vs. Goldey-Beacom, Noon
Game 4: No. 2 West Virginia State University (19-11) vs. Game 3 Winner, 2:30 p.m.
**the semifinals will be at Fairfield University, Alumni Hall

Championship – Sunday, March 16
Game #5: Winner of Game #3 vs. Winner of Game #4, 1 p.m.
**the championship will be at Fairfield University, Alumni Hall

How It Happened

Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the Warriors offensively with 10 points and five rebounds, while junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) and sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) netted eight points each.

Collectively the Warriors shot 21-for-69 (30.4 percent) from the field, 4-for-19 (21.1 percent) from three-point range and 6-for-8 (75 percent) from the line. The Lightning finished the night 21-for-61 (34.4 percent) from the field, 5-for-20 (25 percent) from behind the arc and 12-for-18 (66.7 percent) from the line.

Chelsea Grover posted a double-double for the Lightning with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lillian Chukwueze added 18 points and four steals. Shantia Creech rounded out the trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals. 

Over the first 10 minutes of the game, Merrimack and Goldey-Beacom went through six lead changes until a jumper from Dakie Manning sparked a 10-2 run to take a 31-22 lead over the Warriors. However, Merrimack was unable to stop the Lightnings' offense from taking a double-digit lead, 35-24, with three minutes remaining in the first.

Back-to-back jumpers from Rothman and freshman Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.) put the Warriors within seven (35-28) but Goldey-Beacom ended the half with a 37-28 lead over Merrimack.

The Lightning opened the second half with an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 15 (45-30) with 14:55 left to play. Over the next nine minutes, Merrimack battled back to within single digits after going on a 13-7 run. After baskets from freshman Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) and Rothman, Merrimack came to within four (56-52) with 54 seconds to play, but Goldey-Beacom ended the game on a 3-0 run to defeat the hosts 59-52.

A Closer Look

  • Merrimack won the battle in the paint, 23-20, while the Warriors bench contributed 29 points.
  • Goldey-Beacom tallied only two second chance points and nine points off turnovers.
  • Tonight's game had six ties and only two lead changes.
  • The Lightning held a 49-44 advantage in rebounds.

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