NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –Behind a game-high 23 points from junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) and a defensive effort that limited the visiting Saint Anselm Hawks to under 40 percent shooting, the Merrimack College women’s basketball team won in decisive fashion, 60-50, in Saturday’s Northeast-10 Conference contest from Hammel Court.
Score: Merrimack 60, Saint Anselm 50
Records: Merrimack (4-3, 2-2 NE10) | Saint Anselm (5-3, 3-2 NE10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- The Warriors got off to fast starts in both the first and third quarters, snatching momentum from the visitors to start each half
- In just five minutes to start the game, Merrimack opened a 15-2 lead. The Warriors hit seven of their first 10 shots, while forcing Saint Anselm to miss its first four shots and to commit five turnovers
- After the Hawks hung with the Warriors in the second quarter, Merrimack started the third with 10 unanswered points. Merrimack hit its first four shots of the frame, building an 18-point lead, 44-26, which proved to be its largest of the game
- The Warriors got off to a scorching start, outscoring the Hawks by 13, 15-2, over the first five minutes of the game. Werner posted nine of the 15 points, making four shots
- Merrimack’s defense suffocated Saint Anselm’s attack early on, forcing eight turnovers and just 10 shot attempts in the opening frame. The Warriors led, 18-8, at the start of the second
- The team’s played a much closer second quarter, combining to put up 34 combined points. The Warriors scored 11 points over the first 3:11 of the frame, building their largest lead of the half at 29-13. Werner scored the first five points of the quarter
- Saint Anselm chipped away from there, pulling within six, 32-26, with 90 seconds remaining the half. Freshman Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.)hit two free throws late to make it an eight-point game through two quarters
- Werner started Merrimack’s 10-0 run to open the third with a triple, Casey contributed the next four points and fellow rookie Mayson Kimball(Webster, N.H.) canned a three-pointer of her own.
- Merrimack’s final two makes of the third were also from beyond the arc, a corner trey from sophomore Alyssa Torres (Bohemia, N.Y.) and Kimball’s second three-pointer of the quarter. Merrimack took a 51-35 lead to the fourth
- Saint Anselm kept things interesting in the final frame. The Hawks held Merrimack to nine fourth-quarter points, and cut their deficit to as little as eight, 58-50, with 1:17 remaining, but their rally stopped there. The Warriors added a pair of free throws late to prevail, 60-50
Notes and Notables
- After shooting just 4-of-12 in her last performance, Werner responded by hitting a season-best nine field goals, including a season-high of six from inside the arc. She led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 9-of-18 overall
- Junior Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) continued to fill up the stat sheet. Merrimack’s point guard played in 37 minutes, leading Merrimack with eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while adding six points
- Freshmen Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) and Kimball each scored in double figures, posting 11 and 10 points, respectively
- Sophomore Kathryn Roberts (Grand Terrace, Calif.) pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in a career-best 19 minutes off the bench
- Saint Anselm shot just 14 percent (2-14) from beyond the arc, registering as Merrimack’s best defensive effort of the season from distance. It also was the fourth-lowest three-point percentage for a Warriors’ opponent over the last four years
The Warriors head on the road Tuesday, taking on Franklin Pierce at 5:30 p.m. up in Rindge, N.H.