Merrimack breezes past Franklin Pierce in 32-point win
Continuing its season-long trend of getting off to strong starts, the Merrimack College women’s basketball program used a 29-point opening quarter on Tuesday evening at Franklin Pierce to immediately distance themselves from the Ravens. The Warriors never saw their advantage dip below double figures from there, winning by a 76-44 margin at the FPU Fieldhouse.
Score: Merrimack 76, Franklin Pierce 44
Records: Merrimack (5-3, 3-2 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (4-6, 1-5 NE10)
Location: FPU Fieldhouse | Rindge, N.H.
- The Warriors made 7-of-9 from the field to start the game, doubling up the Ravens, 20-10, over the first six minutes of the night
- Sophomore Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) and freshman Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) each had 10 points through 10 minutes, with the latter making all four of her shot attempts
- The Warriors’ defense proved crucial over the entirety of the first half, forcing the Ravens into 15 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points for the Navy and Gold
- Merrimack continued its trend this season of getting off to strong starts. The Warriors made 7-of-9 attempts over the first 5:58 of the game, including 4-of-5 from distance, to open a 20-10 lead before the Ravens used a timeout
- The Warriors added nine more points over the rest of the first, including a triple apiece for Casey and Werner to take a 29-13 lead to the second.
- The Navy and Gold’s defense took over in the second quarter, holding the Ravens to eight points. The hosts shot just 21 percent (3-14) in the middle frame. The Warriors added 12 points to their total, increasing their lead to 20, 41-21, through two quarters
- Werner scored the first five points of the third, and the Warriors used a 7-0 run to open a 27-point lead, 48-21, with 8:04 still remaining in the quarter
- From there, the Ravens used a 14-4 stretch lasting until the 2:57 mark that saw the Warriors’ advantage drop to 17, 52-35. Merrimack recovered to keep its opposition scoreless over the rest of the third, surging back ahead by 20 through 30 minutes
- Merrimack’s defense forced the Ravens into a four-plus minute scoring drought to start the fourth. During that stretch, Merrimack’s lead grew to 28, 63-35, following another trey from Werner
- Senior captain Cecilia Reyes (Lawrence, Mass.) entered the game with 4:48 remaining, making her season debut. The Warriors scored 21 in the fourth en route to the 32-point triumph
Notes and Notables
- After tonight’s 29-point outburst to start the game, Merrimack has now scored 167 first-quarter points this season – the most of any frame – outscoring its opponents by 53
- Casey notched her third double-double of the season by posting 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds
- Junior Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) led all players in assists (7) and steals (5)
- Werner led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting, which featured six triples on eight attempts. Freshman Mayson Kimball (Webster, N.H.)also finished in double figures with 10 points
- Merrimack’s freshmen trio of Casey, Kimball and Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.) posted one of their best combined efforts of the year, totaling 36 points on 45 percent shooting (14-31)
- The Ravens committed 28 turnovers, which resulted in a 32-8 edge in points-off-turnovers for the Navy and Gold
- The Warriors tied their season high with 11 three-pointers, posting their second-highest scoring output of the year in the process
Merrimack’s next game will also be away from campus, with the Warriors travelling to Colchester, Vt. to face Saint Michael’s at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.