WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior point guard Karlee Alves established a new Merrimack College women’s basketball single-season assists record on Wednesday night, dishing out eight to bring her career-best total up to 184 in the Warriors’ 76-63 road victory over Assumption College from Laska Gymnasium in Worcester, Mass. Merrimack shot 48 percent as a team and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, while holding the host Greyhounds to under 33 percent shooting on the evening. The Warriors trailed for less than three minutes (2:49) in the game.
Senior Lindsay Werner posted an impressive stat line of 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, moving within seven points of becoming the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000. The victory improved the Warriors’ Northeast-10 Conference record to 8-7, moving two games ahead of Assumption for the Northeast Division’s final playoff spot.
Score: Merrimack 76, Assumption 63
Records: Merrimack (15-7, 8-7 NE10) | Assumption (11-11, 6-9 NE10)
Location: Laska Gymnasium | Worcester, Mass.
- Merrimack’s offense raced out to an eight-point lead, 23-15, through 10 minutes after shooting 60 percent in the opening quarter. With the scored tied at 13-all at the 4:47 mark, Merrimack ended the quarter on a 10-2 run. Sophomore Mayson Kimball recorded the first five points, while freshman Kate Mager and sophomore Alyssa Casey combined for the final five to put the visitors ahead
- The second quarter started well for Merrimack as Werner extended the Warriors’ lead to 14 (31-17) followed a three-point play. Both teams then traded 5-0 bursts, ended with an Assumption timeout as Merrimack controlled the half, 36-22, with only 5:45 until intermission. The hosts scored the next six points, however, to closed within eight, but the Warriors increased their lead back to double figures, 41-30, by the sound of the halftime buzzer
- Alves broke the record on Merrimack’s first field goal of the half, setting up the first of consecutive 3-pointers by Casey that increased the Warriors’ advantage to 15, 47-32, less than two minutes into the third. Assumption proceeded to linger, trimming its deficit to 12, only to the Warriors rip off six straight points including a bucket for sophomore Marissa Gattuso with 70 seconds left before the final quarter. Mager sank a last-second triple, putting Merrimack’s lead at 60-41 entering the last frame
- Assumption started the fourth strongly, cutting Merrimack’s 19-point lead down to 12 nearing the midway point of the frame. Alves ended the stretch with a driving layup, igniting a 5-0 burst that ended with the Warriors ahead, 67-50, with 4:20 remaining. Merrimack’s lead grew to as many as 20 in the final minutes after Werner’s final bucket of the evening
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack increased its winning streak to four games, and has now won 11 of its last 14 games. The Warriors’ 15 total victories equals the program’s total from all of last season
- MILESTONE ACHIEVED: Alves entered the night as the nation’s top distributor, and finished it with the program’s most assists in a season ever. The Ellington, Conn. native bested Tia Scott’s ’16 182-assist campaign in 2015-16 to set a new mark, doing so with six games remaining in the regular season. The floor general is on pace for the first-ever 200-assist season in school history
- MILESTONE WATCH: Werner’s 25 points brought her career total to 993. The shooting guard is within single digits of the program’s first 1,000-point scorer since 2015, and the 21st overall at Merrimack
- Werner’s nine field goals and four 3-pointers both led the team, while Kimball (19) and Casey (10) also finished in double figures
- Merrimack’s defense forced 18 turnovers, and finished with 11 steals. The defense led to 22 points off Assumption’s miscues. The Greyhounds turned Merrimack’s 14 miscues into just six points
The Warriors return home this Saturday when Merrimack welcomes Saint Anselm to Hammel Court for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The contest will be celebrated as Alumni Day. All interested alumna who want to attend are asked to register here.