NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Needing a win and some help to lock up a postseason berth in next week's Northeast-10 Championship, the Merrimack College women's basketball team travels to Rindge, N.H. on Saturday afternoon to take on the Franklin Pierce University Ravens at 1:30 p.m. from The Fieldhouse.
Date/Time: 2/18 | 1:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (11-13, 9-10 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (3-21, 1-18 NE10)
Location: The Fieldhouse | Rindge, N.H.
NE10 Postseason Outlook:
The top-five teams in the Northeast Division advance to the NE10 Championship, with the fifth seed playing the fourth seed out of the Southwest in the opening round on Friday, Feb. 24. A win combined with a Stonehill loss will clinch a playoff berth for the Navy and Gold. Merrimack will also secure a playoff berth if the Warriors, Stonehill and Saint Michael's all emerge tied at 10-10 following Saturday's games.
1) Bentley (18-1)
2) Assumption (12-7)
3) Saint Anselm (12-7)
4) Saint Michael's (10-9)
5) Merrimack (9-10)
6) Stonehill (9-10)
7) Southern New Hampshire (6-13)
8) Franklin Pierce (1-18)
Last Time Out:
- The Warriors suffered a 56-42 loss to Assumption on Wednesday night from Hammel Court. Merrimack build a nine-point halftime advantage only to see the Greyhounds roar back in the second half
- Senior Savannah Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.) pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, her sixth game this season with at least 10 caroms. Johnson also added a game-high four blocks
- The loss did not hurt Merrimack's playoff positioning, however, as the Warriors enter Saturday ranked fifth in the Northeast Division. The Warriors can clinch a spot in the NE10 Championship with a win and a Stonehill loss this weekend
Earlier This Season vs. Franklin Pierce:
- The contest went to overtime, but the Warriors scored a season-high 72 points in an 11-point win over the Ravens in December
- Five Warriors scored in double figures, as Merrimack went on a 15-4 run in overtime to put away Franklin Pierce. Senior My'Asia Alston (Cohoes, N.Y.) scored a game-high 17 points along with five assists and three steals
- Sophomore Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) connected on four 3-pointers and finished the night with 16 points and seven boards. Johnson notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds
- Franklin Pierce picked up its first conference win of the season on Wednesday night, 76-69, over visiting Southern New Hampshire. The loss snapped a 17-game losing streak for the program
- Four of the Ravens' five starters finished in double figures, led by a 16-point, nine-rebound effort from Mikayla Deguire. Cameryn Wilson came off the bench to score 14 points and added four steals in 32 minutes
- Three Ravens average 9.2 points per game to tie for the team lead. Thacker is the program's leading 3-point shooter, connecting on 37.7 percent of her attempts from distance
The Warriors return home on Tuesday night when Merrimack hosts Senior Night at 5:30 p.m. from Hammel Court against Bentley. Alston and Johnson will both be honored as part of the pregame ceremony.