Women's Basketball

Stonehill surges in fourth quarter to beat Merrimack by two


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Playing in the program’s home opener on Wednesday evening, the Merrimack College women’s basketball team received a career-high 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting from freshman Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.), but the visiting Stonehill College Skyhawks outscored the Navy and Gold, 22-10, in the fourth quarter to prevail by 62-60 final from Hammel Court.

The Basics
Stonehill 62, Merrimack 60
Records: Merrimack (3-3, 1-2 NE10) 
| Stonehill (4-1, 3-1 NE10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Marquee Moments:

  • After Merrimack entered the fourth holding a 10-point lead, the Skyhawks opened the quarter on an 18-4 run spanning the first 5:47 of the frame to take a 58-54 advantage
  • The Navy and Gold worked their way back to tie things up, 58-all, only to see Stonehill convert on a layup with just 8.6 ticks to play to pull ahead for good

Rapid Recap

  • After both teams combined to score 12 points over the first six minutes of the first, both offenses turned it on late. Casey netted nine first-quarter points, seven of which came in the final three minutes. Her triple with 16 seconds left gave the Warriors a 17-13 lead at the end of the frame
  • Four points from Casey brought the rookie to double figures, extending the Warriors’ lead to five, 21-16, with 7:14 remaining in the second
  • The Skyhawks responded with their best stretch of the first half, holding Merrimack scoreless for the next 6:33 of game action. During that time, the visitors used a 10-0 run to take a 26-21 lead.
  • Merrimack netted the final three points of the quarter, however, including a bucket for sophomore center Kathryn Roberts (Grand Terrace, Calif.)to make it a two-point game at the break
  • Consecutive lay-ins from Casey and junior guard Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) gave the Warriors a 33-30 lead. The Skyhawks went on a 8-3 stretch from there, jumping ahead by two at the 3:24 mark of the third
  • The Warriors surged forward, ending the frame on a 14-2 run. Casey scored nine of Merrimack’s 14 during the spurt, while freshman Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.) banked-in an off-balance jumper at the buzzer, giving the Warriors a 10-point lead, 50-40, entering the fourth
  • The score sat at 54-48 with 6:51 remaining, until the Skyhawks used a 10-0 run featuring five different scorers to swing the score in the visitors’ favor

Notes and Notables

  • Casey posted season highs in nearly every shooting category, totaling a game-high 28 points with career bests in field goals (12) and attempts)
  • For the second straight game, junior Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) totaled a team-high nine rebounds. She also led the Warriors with four assists
  • The Warriors totaled 12 steals, falling one shy of their season best
  • Three Skyhawks finished in double figures, led by a 14-point, nine-rebound, six-assist effort from senior guard Kelly Martin

Up Next
Merrimack returns home on Saturday to face Saint Anselm at 1 p.m. from Hammel Court.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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