Warriors close out first semester with win over Bridgeport
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team never trailed on Tuesday evening, defeating the visiting University of Bridgeport, 69-57, in non-conference action from Hammel Court. The sixth-ever meeting between the Warriors and Purple Knights marked the final home game of the calendar year for the Warriors.
Score: Merrimack 69, Bridgeport 57
Records: Merrimack (6-5) | Bridgeport (4-8)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- Starting at the 6:46 mark the second quarter, and extending through the completion of the third frame, the Warriors outscored the Purple Knights, 31-12, to turn a slim 25-24 lead to a 56-36 advantage
- The Navy and Gold saw Bridgeport climb within one in the early minutes of the second, only to end the frame on a 15-4 run that saw four different players score including eight of her game-high 18 first-half points from junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.)
- Merrimack’s defense buckled down in the third, holding the visitors to 2-of-16 shooting and just four points through the quarter’s first nine minutes
- Each team started the night strong from the field, reaching double figures just five minutes into the opening frame. Werner scored six of the Warriors’ first 12 points, helping Merrimack take a 12-10 lead with 4:47 left in the first
- The Warriors took a 20-14 advantage to the second frame, only to see the Purple Knights pull within three, 22-19, just 1:17 into the quarter
- Bridgeport’s rally brought the visitors within one, 25-24, but Merrimack closed the final 6:36 of the half on a 15-4 run. Four different Warriors scored during the stretch including seven points for Werner, which brought her game-high total to 18 through 20 minutes
- Merrimack started the quarter with five straight points, including buckets for sophomores Alyssa Torres (Bohemia, N.Y.) and Denia Davis-Stewart(Dorchester, Mass.). Six straight points followed two free throws for Bridgeport as the Warriors used an 11-2 run to build a 51-30 advantage with 5:16 until the final quarter
- Points from Davis-Stewart and freshman Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.) brought Merrimack’s lead to 22 points in the early portions of the final quarter. Bridgeport went on a late run to make it a 12-point game at the final buzzer, but the Warriors never trailed by fewer than 12 during the entire second half
Notes and Notables
- Junior point guard Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) totaled a career-high 13 assists, falling one helper shy of tying Merrimack’s single-game record set by Keri Guertin ’96 in 1995. Alves did so while only committing three turnovers
- Merrimack totaled a season-high 25 assists on 29 made field goals. It marked the most assists for the program since a 26-assist effort exactly three years ago at Bloomfield
- Davis-Stewart joined the starting lineup for the first time this season, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding eight rebounds and a team-high four blocks. In just two games she has taken over the team lead with eight rejections
- Werner led all players with 23 points, making 8-of-18 from the field. She now has a team-best seven 20-point games this season
- Merrimack’s rookie duo of Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) and Mayson Kimball (Webster, N.H.) each netted 13 points and six field goals apiece
- The Warriors forced the Purple Knights into 20 turnovers, accounting for Merrimack’s 22-11 edge in points off turnovers
- The Purple Knights’ 26.4 field-goal percentage was the lowest of any Warriors’ opponent this season
The Warriors will enjoy an 11-day layoff before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 30, when the Navy and Gold conclude their non-conference schedule with a 2 p.m. tilt at the College of Saint Rose.