NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The sophomore tandem of Mayson Kimball and Alyssa Casey combined for 39 points, senior point guard Karlee Alvesdished out a game-high 13 assists and the Merrimack College women’s basketball program recorded its first Northeast-10 Conference victory on Wednesday night, 71-58, over Franklin Pierce from Hammel Court.
Merrimack’s defense also came to play, forcing the Ravens into 19 turnovers and to 31 percent shooting for the game, including just 24 percent from the field in the opening half. The Warriors started the night on a 20-2 run, and never trailed throughout the evening.
Score: Merrimack 71, Franklin Pierce 58
Records: Merrimack (5-4, 1-4 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (1-7, 0-5 NE10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- Merrimack dominated the opening quarter, holding Franklin Pierce to 2-of-11 shooting while the Ravens committed nine turnovers in the first 10 minutes. The Warriors built a 20-2 advantage behind a hot shooting start for Kimball, who totaled 11 points on three 3-pointers. The Warriors ended up taking a 22-7 edge to the second quarter after shooting 57 percent from beyond the arc, overall
- The Ravens opened the second on an 11-4 run to trim the Warriors’ advance to single digs, 26-18, with 4:56 left. Merrimack proceeded to ramp up the defensive effort, holding the Ravens scoreless over the reminder of the half. The hosts ended the stanza with 11 unanswered points – the final eight from Casey – to build a 37-18 lead at the break
- Casey came out scorching in the third, netting a team-best eight points in the quarter. Merrimack scored 25 as a team, with eight points coming from its reserves including four from freshman Caroline Wilson. Merrimack owned a 62-36 advantage entering the final frame
- The visitors played their best in the final quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 11 as Merrimack featured many of its reserves over the final 10 minutes. Freshman Kate Mager and Kimball each hit a triple in the quarter, accounting for two-thirds of the hosts’ scoring
Notes and Numbers
- Kimball set season highs in points (19), 3-pointers made (4) and attempts (8) against the Ravens. The second-year win started for the first time since Nov. 14 against Assumption
- Casey led all scorers with 20 points, her third 20-point effort of the year. She shot 10-of-22 overall, with all 10 makes coming from two-point range
- Alves’ 13 helpers marked her third double-digit performance of the season. She has at least five assists in every game this season
- Merrimack dominated the paint, outscoring the Ravens by 20 (42-22). Merrimack also contained Franklin Pierce on the rush, holding the Ravens without a fast break bucket
- Wilson played her most minutes to date, playing in 14 of the bench. She set career highs in points (6), field goals (3) and attempts (7), appearing in her fourth game of the season
- Head coach Monique LeBlanc registered her 94th career win, moving within six of becoming the third coach in school history to reach 100
The Warriors return home on Saturday to face Saint Michael’s in a 1 p.m. tip-off at Hammel Court.