BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team sank 18 3-pointers, including eight makes and a career-high 34 points for sophomore Alyssa Casey as the Merrimack College women’s basketball program raced past the University of Bridgeport, 91-61, on Saturday evening at Hubbell Gymnasium. The win gave Merrimack a perfect non-conference record (7-0), setting a new school record for regular season non-league victories.
Casey finished two points shy of tying the Warriors’ single-game scoring record, and added a double-double with 11 rebounds. Senior Lindsay Werner added 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range; the duo combined for 13 treys. Merrimack’s 18 triples as a team is the most under eighth-year head coach Monique LeBlanc, the most for the program this century, and a total that is believed to be a single-game school record.
Score: Merrimack 91, Bridgeport 61
Records: Merrimack (9-5) | Bridgeport (7-7)
Location: Harvey Hubble Gym | Bridgeport, Conn.
- Bridgeport hung with Merrimack early, trailing the Warriors by just two, 11-9, with 4:10 remaining in the opening quarter. From there, however, Merrimack raced to the end of the quarter with a 16-7 run to take a 27-16 advantage into the second. Freshman Kate Mager and senior Lindsay Werner buried 3-pointers, and senior Lexi Martin converted an old-school three-point play to highlight the run
- Casey caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 21 of her 27 first-half points in the second quarter. She posted Merrimack’s first eight of the frame, putting Merrimack ahead by 17. The Purple Knights pull within 14 briefly, only to see Merrimack answer back with a Werner triple. The Warriors’ grew to as many as 30, including after a pair of free throw from Casey that capped a 19-5 run to make it a 56-26 game with two minutes left in the quarter
- The Andover, Mass. native’s scorching day continued as Casey hit the first bucket of the third, another long-distance make. Merrimack’s lead never dipped below 25 over the first five minutes of the third, and Casey set a new career high in scoring at the 4:44 mark after her eighth three of the day. Senior Karlee Alves put an exclamation point on the quarter with a buzzer beater, increasing Merrimack’s lead to 72-48
- Merrimack’s edge never dipped below 20 in the final quarter. With 5:44 left, the Purple Knights closed within 21 points, but Merrimack closed the night on an 11-2 run. Sophomore Marissa Gattuso, junior Emily Houle and freshman Caroline Wilson all scored during the run
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors’ 18 trifectas best the team’s previous season high of 14. Merrimack nearly eclipsed that number in the first half, hitting 13-of-20 from deep over the first 20 minutes. Casey (6-7) and Werner (5-6) posted just one miss apiece
- As a team, Merrimack shot nearly 20 percent better from three (64.3) than it did from the field overall (47.1)
- Casey picked up her team-best 11th rebound late in the fourth quarter to post her second double-double of the year and sixth of her career. It marked her second career 30-point performance
- The power forward nearly joined Claire McInerney (36 in 1992-93) as the highest single-game scorers in school history
- Alves finished with a game-high 11 assists, the third time in her last four games with at least 10. She has six 10-assist games overall in 2018-19
- Sophomore Mayson Kimball contributed 10 rebounds. The Warriors owned a 47-39 edge on the glass
- Martin finished with 10 points, setting a new season high
Conference play resumes for the Warriors on Wednesday when Merrimack returns to Connecticut to face the Southern Connecticut State Owls at 5:30 p.m. from the Moore Field House.