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Werner’s 29 points powers Merrimack past AIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball program outscored American International, 29-7, in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Northeast-10 Conference tilt from Butova Gymnasium, paving the way for a 60-54 victory against the Yellow Jackets. The program won its first game in Springfield since the 2008-09 season, snapping a five-game losing streak at AIC.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 60
, American Int’l 54
Records: Merrimack (10-8, 6-7 NE10) | American Int’l (8-13, 2-11 NE10)
Location: Butova Gymnasium | Springfield, Mass.

Marquee Moments:

  • The Warriors recorded 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, enabling Merrimack to lead for the final 15 minutes of the game
  • The Warriors limited the Yellow Jackets to 2-of-16 shooting in the third, while making nine shots after only hitting seven in the first half
  • Junior Lindsay Werner recorded 13 of her game-high 29 points in the frame, including seven straight at one point, which turned a 29-28 deficit into a 35-31 lead

Rapid Recap

  • Facing a 6-2 deficit with 4:43 left in the opening frame, the Warriors used a quarter-closing 11-3 run to go ahead by four, 13-9, at the end of 10 minutes. Junior Karlee Alves hit a jumper with 43 seconds remaining that gave the Warriors the lead, while sophomore Denia Davis-Stewarttotaled three blocks in the quarter
  • The hosts started the second quarter on a 10-2 run before Werner hit the Warriors’ first triple of the night to halt the stretch at the 3:52 mark. Werner finished the half with a game-high 10 points, but the Yellow Jackets totaled 17 points in the quarter to take a 26-23 lead into halftime
  • Werner caught fire in the third, scoring seven straight points to turn a 30-29 deficit into a 35-31 lead at the midway point of the quarter
  • Going on one of their best offensive stretches of the season, Merrimack’s 26-4 third-quarter run began with 8:20 left in the frame. Werner scored 13 points during the stretch, Davis-Stewart contributed six and sophomore Emily Houle connected on a momentum-shifting transition triple with 1:19 on the clock. Merrimack scored the final 17 points of the third
  • The Yellow Jackets made things interesting in the fourth, outscoring Merrimack 21-8 and cutting their deficit down to as little as four points. With the score at 58-54, the Navy and Gold held the Yellow Jackets scoreless over the final 42 seconds, collecting the six-point win

Notes and Notables

  • The 29-point outburst for Werner marked the junior’s most points in a game since the end of December at Saint Rose. She hit four three-pointers and shot 9-of-10 from the free-throw line
  • Werner now has 54 triples on the season, needing nine more to set a new single-season record for the program
  • Davis-Stewart picked up 10 rebounds, her fifth game in double figures this season. She added eight points and five blocks
  • The Warriors started each half with stout defensive efforts. The Navy and Gold held AIC to 3-of-17 shooting and 2-of-16 shooting in the first and third quarters, respectively
  • Merrimack’s defense held Dana Watts, AIC’s leading scorer, to 3-of-15 shooting as the hosts finished 26.6 percent from the field

Up Next
The Warriors play at home for the first time in nearly three weeks on Saturday afternoon when Merrimack welcomes Saint Rose to Hammel Court for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

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