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Torres clutch at the line as Merrimack tops Pace, 62-59

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore Alyssa Torres (Bohemia, N.Y.) sank two free throws with 2:18 remaining in Saturday’s Northeast-10 Conference contest at Pace University, giving the Merrimack College women’s basketball program the lead for good in the Warriors’ 62-59 win from the Goldstein Fitness Center in Pleasantville, N.Y.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 62, 
Pace 59
Records: Merrimack (8-6, 4-5 NE10) | Pace (8-7, 5-3 NE10)
Location: Goldstein Fitness Center | Pleasantville, N.Y.

Marquee Moments:

  • The Warriors led by as many as 13 in the second half and entered the fourth quarter with a nine-point lead. Holding a 58-50 advantage with 4:21 left, the Setters scored nine straight over the next two minutes to take their first lead of the game, 59-58
  • Torres’ free throws were her only two attempts of the game. Merrimack’s defense held Pace scoreless over the final 2:29 of the game, with the offense adding a layup in the final minute to create the three-point margin of victory

Rapid Recap

  • It was a tale of two quarters to start the game, with Merrimack dominating the opening frame. The Warriors started the day on a 19-4 run through the first nine minutes of the game, taking a 12-point lead into the second quarter. Merrimack’s post players controlled the floor, with freshman Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Denia Davis-Stewart (Dorchester, Mass.) combining for 11 points and eight rebounds
  • Pace outscored Merrimack, 18-11, in the second frame to pull within five at halftime. With the score at 22-7, the Setters scored seven unanswered to bring their deficit down to single digits
  • The hosts came within three points, 28-25, before two free throws from junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) increased the Warriors’ advantage to five. Neither team scored over the final 3:30 of the half, allowing Merrimack to maintain its lead through 20 minutes
  • The Warriors used a timeout with 6:33 left in the third quarter, holding a three-point lead. Out of the stoppage, Merrimack outscored Pace with a 10-0 run to build a 46-33 advantage. Freshman Mayson Kimball (Webster, N.H.) drained a trey, Casey added a bucket and the Warriors hit all five of their free-throw attempts to account for the run
  • Pace cut into the Warriors’ lead from there, trimming its deficit down to nine, 52-43, entering the final quarter. The Setters proceeded to use the first five minutes of the fourth to lower their deficit down to five, 55-50
  • Merrimack build its 58-50 lead that preceded the 9-0 Pace run via a three-point play from Kimball on a scoop lay-in that resulted in a trip to the free-throw line with 4:21 remaining in regulation

Notes and Notables

  • Casey played in all but one minute on Saturday, collecting her team-leading fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 7-of-13 from the field and made three of Merrimack’s five three-pointers on the day
  • Junior Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) finished with 11 points, her first time reaching double figures in nine games. She tied her career high with six steals and distributed a game-high five assists
  • The Warriors went to the charity stripe 24 times, the second-most trips this season for the Navy and Gold. Merrimack hit 17 free throws including 11-of-12 for the trio of Kimball, Torres and Werner
  • Despite a 37-34 rebounding edge for the Setters, the Warriors outscored Pace in the paint, 26-16
  • Merrimack shot a season-best 50 percent from beyond the arc (5-10)

Up Next
The Warriors host Adelphi University on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th 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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December
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February
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