Warriors defense dominant in win at New Haven
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team held the University of New Haven to 27 points – the fewest allowed for the program against a Division II opponent since 2003-04 – in Wednesday’s 17-point victory from Chargers Gymnasium. The Navy and Gold allowed just eight points in the first half alone including a two-point second quarter.
Score: Merrimack 44, New Haven 27
Records: Merrimack (9-8, 5-7 NE10) | New Haven (7-9, 3-8 NE10)
Location: Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn.
- The 27 points allowed is the fewest allowed in the seven-year tenure of head coach Monique LeBlanc. It marked the best defensive effort for the program since the Warriors allowed just 34 points in a win against Southern New Hampshire during the 2003-04 season
- New Haven only made 10 field goals, which ties the fewest allowed during LeBlanc’s time on the sidelines. The Warriors defense forced their hosts to shoot 20 percent on the evening
- The defensive structure was established early in the game, with New Haven making just 3-of-25 field-goal attempts over the first two quarters
- Merrimack’s defense held the Chargers scoreless over the first 6:08 of the game, allowing the Warriors to jump out to a 7-0 lead. New Haven, however, limited the Navy and Gold to two points over the final 7:31 to make it a 9-6 tilt through 10 minutes
- The Warriors started the second quarter on another 7-0 stretch, seeing freshman Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Denia Davis-Stewart (Dorchester, Mass.) combine for all seven points
- Outside of a jumper at the 2:55 mark, the Chargers did not score in the second quarter. The hosts endured scoring droughts of at least six minutes in each of the first two frames, as Merrimack’s defense held New Haven to 12 percent shooting (3-25) over the first 20 minutes
- Junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) netted a three-pointer to give Merrimack a 17-point lead, 26-9, one minute into the third quarter. New Haven scored the next 10 points, however, to pull within 10 with 4:35 on the clock. The margin did not change much from there, with Merrimack taking a 28-19 lead into the fourth quarter
- Werner sank a pair of right-wing treys over the first four minutes of the fourth, bringing Merrimack’s lead back to double digits, 34-23, with 6:23 remaining. Davis-Stewart followed Werner with four unanswered points, prompting a Chargers timeout at the 4:19 mark
- The Warriors ended the night on a 13-4 run, which featured a field goal for senior captain Cecilia Reyes (Lawrence, Mass.) in the waning seconds of the contest
Notes and Notables
- Three Warriors scored in double figures, led by 14 points on a trio of three-pointers for Werner
- Davis-Stewart notched her fourth double-double in seven games, returning to the lineup after a one-game hiatus. She finished the night with 11 points, 12 boards and a game-high five blocks
- The Warriors forced 26 New Haven turnovers, resulting in 21 points. It marked the second-most miscues forced by the Navy and Gold this season
- Merrimack never trailed in the game, leading coast-to-coast
Merrimack will have six days between games before returning to the court on Tuesday night when the Warriors visit Springfield, facing AIC at 5:30 p.m. from Butova Gymnasium.