NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Three members of the Merrimack College women’s basketball program scored in double figures Tuesday night – led by a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double for sophomore Mayson Kimball – as the Warriors took down visiting American International, 82-72, from Hammel Court. Senior Lindsay Werner added 19 points while junior Denia Davis-Stewart chipped in 18 on 8-of-11 shooting
Merrimack never trailed in the entirety of the second half, despite seeing its lead slip to two on multiple occasions. The Warriors led, 74-72, following an AIC bucket at the 2:45 mark, but ended the game on an 8-0 stretch to complete the victory. Merrimack’s defense forced the Yellow Jackets into six consecutive missed shots to end the game.
Score: Merrimack 82, AIC 72
Records: Merrimack (13-7, 6-7 NE10) | AIC (10-11, 5-8 NE10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- AIC owned an early 7-6 lead, but a 6-0 spurt swung in first quarter in Merrimack’s favor. Later in the quarter saw the Yellow Jackets close within one, 14-13, only to have the hosts score the final five points of the frame. Senior Lindsay Werner beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer, finishing the frame with seven points
- Both teams’ offense improved in the second quarter, scoring 22 points apiece. With the Warriors ahead 24-20, Merrimack scored eight of the night’s 12 points to open an eight-point lead (32-24). Reserves Lexi Martin and Marissa Gattuso finished right-handed layups during the run. AIC works its deficit down to three on multiple occasions, including at 38-35 with 12 seconds left, but freshman Kate Mager drilled a triple as time expired to make it a 41-35 contest through two quarters.
- Kimball sank two 3-pointers over the first three minutes of the quarter, growing Merrimack’s lead to seven, 49-42. After AIC trimmed the deficit to three, Werner took over by scoring five straight points to bring the hosts’ lead to eight, 56-48, with 4:35 remaining. With the score at 62-54, the Yellow Jackets ended the final 1:45 on a 6-0 stretch to pull within two, 62-60, after 30 minutes
- The team’s traded buckets over the first five minutes of the fourth, with Merrimack still up two, 72-70, with 4:41 remaining. The Warriors ended the night on a 10-2 run and scored the night’s final eight points overall. Kimball scored four of the eight points, while senior Karlee Alves hit a pivotal driving layup for her only bucket of the contest, clinching the game for the Warriors
Notes and Numbers
- Kimball added a career-high six assists to go along with her season-best 22 points. The 10 caroms marked her fourth double-figure rebound game of the year, and first in her last six games
- Davis-Stewart scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games, and 14th time this season overall. She added three rejections, moving within four of setting a new career high (83)
- MILESTONE WATCH: With 19 points on Tuesday, Werner moved her career total to 959. The Groton, Mass. native needs 41 more to become the 21st player in school history with 1,000 career points. She shot 50 percent (8-16), adding three 3-pointers
- Merrimack got out in transition, scoring 18 fast break points compared to eight for its visitors. The Warriors shot 53.3 percent from the field, establishing a new season high
- Dana Watts scored 17 points for the Yellow Jackets to eclipse the 2,000-point milestone. She also became just the ninth student-athlete in NE10 history to net at least 2,000 career points
Merrimack heads out the road to begin a stretch of four road contests over the next five for the Warriors, taking on the College of Saint Rose at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Albany, N.Y.