MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball program owned a 40-39 lead entering the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon’s Northeast Division matchup at Saint Anselm, but the hosts Hawks outscored the Warriors by 11 in the final quarter to claim a 60-50 win from Stoutenburgh Gymnaisum. Junior Denia Davis-Stewartregistered a near triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high tying eight blocks, while sophomore Mayson Kimball added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 caroms.
Score: Saint Anselm 60, Merrimack 50
Records: Merrimack (4-4, 0-4 NE10) | Saint Anselm (7-1, 4-1 NE10)
Location: Stoutenburgh Gymnasium | Manchester, N.H.
- Merrimack’s defense held Saint Anselm without a field goal for the first 6:25 of the game, using a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead by the 4:00 mark of the opening quarter. Senior Lindsay Werner scored the final five points of the burst for the visitors. Saint Anselm scored the next six, but Merrimack responded by tallying the final nine points of the frame – including a four-point play with 0.2 on the clock from freshman Kate Mager – to bring a 16-7 edge to the second frame
- Timely buckets in the second allowed Merrimack to hold off a hard-charging Saint Anselm squad to maintain its halftime lead. The Warriors led by as many as nine in the quarter, but the Hawks used an 11-5 spurt over four minutes to trim Merrimack’s lead to three, 24-21. Sophomore Alyssa Casey shot 3-of-4 over the final three minutes to keep the Warriors in front, scoring seven points over the final 2:30 to give Merrimack a 31-25 advantage at the half
- Casey and Davis-Stewart connected on consecutive field goals, giving Merrimack a 36-27 lead and forcing a Hawks timeout at the 6:51 mark of the third. The Hawks proceeded to hold the Warriors scoreless for a five-minutes stretch that saw the hosts use a 12-0 run to take a 37-36 lead. Merrimack was able to claw back, however, scoring four points late to hold a 40-39 lead entering the fourth
- Saint Anselm’s 9-2 run to start the final frame gave the hosts a six-point edge (48-42) with 5:19 to play. The Hawks finished the game by outscoring the Warriors, 21-10, in the final quarter to prevail by the 10-point margin
Notes and Numbers
- Davis-Stewart equaled the third most blocks in a game nationwide in 2018-19 with her eight-rejection effort. She posted her second double-double of the year, as well
- Kimball fell one carom shot of tying her career high (12). She has now scored in double figures in six straight games and seven of eight contests overall this season
- Casey (12) led Merrimack in scoring for the third time in 2018
- Merrimack’s first-half defense mirrored Saint Anselm’s second-half defense. The Warriors limited the Hawks to nine field goals and 28 percent shooting in the first stanza, while the Hawks held the Warriors to six field goals and 18 percent shooting in the second half
- The Hawks were led by a pair of post players in Sara Messler (25 points, 10 rebounds), and Shannon Ryan (10 points, 10 rebounds) who each finished with double-doubles
- Saint Anselm finished with 36 points in the paint, 24 of which came in the final stanza
Franklin Pierce arrives at Hammel Court on Wednesday evening for a 5:30 p.m. divisional tilt at Hammel Court.