Women's Basketball

WBB: Merrimack’s Season Comes to a Close with Quarterfinal Loss at Top-Seeded Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. –The Bentley University Falcons outscored the Merrimack College women’s basketball team by 20 points in the second quarter to take a 50-17 lead into halftime and never looked back, moving past the Warriors, 76-43, on Sunday at the Dana Center in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

The Basics
Score:
Bentley 76, Merrimack 43
Records: #5 NE Merrimack (13-15) 
| #1 NE Bentley (25-4)
Location:
 Dana Center | Waltham, Mass.

The Turning Point:
Beginning at the 3:22 mark of first quarter, the Falcons outscored the Warriors 39-10 spanning the remainder of the first half to create a 33-point halftime advantage. Lauren Green only missed one shot during the stretch, and hit her first three 3-pointers of the game for the Falcons. Bentley succeeded at getting to the free-throw line, attempting 16 during the first half and every player hit a least one from the charity stripe.

NE10 Championship Schedule
First Round ­// Friday, Feb. 24
Game 1:  Southern Connecticut (#5 seed SW) def. Stonehill (#4 seed NE), 62-60
Game 2:  Merrimack (#5 seed NE) def. Pace (#4 seed SW), 63-51

Quarterfinals // Sunday, Feb. 26
Game 3:  Adelphi (No. 1 seed SW) def. Southern Connecticut (#5 seed SW), 69-52
Game 4:  Bentley (No. 1 seed NE) def. Merrimack (#5 seed NE), 76-43
Game 5:  Saint Anselm (No. 3 seed NE) def. American International (No. 2 seed SW), 76-53
Game 6:  Le Moyne (No. 3 seed SW) def. Assumption (No. 2 seed NE), 62-54

Semifinals //­ Thursday, March 2
(at highest remaining seed)
Game 7:  Le Moyne (No. 3 seed SW) vs. Adelphi (No. 1 seed SW) – 7:00 PM
Game 8:  Saint Anselm (No. 3 seed NE) vs. Bentley (No. 1 seed NE) – 7:00 PM

Championship //­ Sunday, March 5
(at highest remaining seed)
Game 9:  Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 winner (1:00 PM)

How It Happened (First Quarter)

  • Sophomore Lexi Martin (Franklin, Mass.) started the game with a step-back jumper to stake Merrimack to an early 2-0 lead. Bentley responded with an 11-2 run, but senior guard My’Asia Alston (Cohoes, N.Y.) drilled a 3-pointer coming out of a 30-second timeout to cut into the Bentley lead, 11-7, at the midway point of the quarter
  • The Falcons used an 11-2 stretch that spanned the last five minutes of the quarter to take a 22-9 lead into the second. Jen Gemma scored the first five points of the run, while Green added a 3-pointer

How It Happened (Second Quarter)

  • Triples from Gemma and Green got Bentley off to a fast start, building a 30-11 lead just 75 seconds into the second. Green’s hot shooting continued to spark the hosts, as she hit her third triple in as many attempts to start the game, making it a 35-13 contest with 5:42 left
  • Senior Savannah Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.) hit a 14-footer on the baseline to cut into the deficit with four minutes left. Less than two minutes later, however, Green made her fourth trey of the half to give momentum back to the Falcons. Bentley entered the half with a 50-17 lead, ending the second on another 11-2 stretch

How It Happened (Third Quarter)

  • Martin scored Merrimack’s first six points of the quarter, but Bentley saw its lead increase to 62-23 with 4:16 remaining
  • Sophomore Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) got her offensive game going late in the quarter, scoring Merrimack’s final five points of the third including a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left

How It Happened (Fourth Quarter)

  • Merrimack outscored the Falcons by four, 14-10, over the final 10 minutes. Merrimack emptied its bench, with juniors Cecilia Reyes (Lawrence, Mass.), Adrianna DeCicco (Shokan, N.Y.) and freshmen Emily Houle (Attleboro, Mass.), Giulia Orlando (Haverhill, Mass.) and Kathryn Roberts (Grand Terrace, Calif.) all seeing minutes
  • Houle totaled four points, including a three-point play, while Werner added five more points in the quarter for the Warriors

Inside The Numbers

  • Martin led the Navy and Gold in scoring once again, doing so in both postseason games for the Warriors. She finished the day with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Werner also finished in double figures, accounting for two of the Warriors’ three triples
  • Three Falcons scored in double digits, led by 19 points from Green, 16 of which came in the opening half. Gemma and Victoria Lux combined for 29 points and eight rebounds as Bentley’s starting post players
  • Sunday marked the final games of the careers of Alston and Johnson. The former finished with five points and two assists while the latter also tallied five points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds
  • Bentley held an advantage from beyond the arc, making 69.2 percent of its triples. The Falcons made 14-of-16 from the line in the first half, compared to a Merrimack team that did not make an attempt from the line until the third quarter
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