NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season after a convincing, 75-39, defeat of Goldey-Beacom College. The Warriors led coast-to-coast to secure the victory
Score: Merrimack 75 | Goldey-Beacom 39
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | Goldey-Beacom (0-2)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After winning their season opener last night, the Warriors left no question as to what the result of the second contest of the year would be.
The Warriors scored 43 first-half points and held the Lightning to 16 points on 18-percent shooting to put the game away after the first twenty minutes.
The Navy and Gold held its opponents from the CACC to a 5:21 minute scoreless drought of 5:21 from the 15-minute mark to when there was 9:44 remaining in the opening half. During that stretch, Merrimack went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by six points from freshman Stormee Van Belle (Sunnyside, Wash.).
Over the final 4:29 of the first 20 minutes, Goldey-Beacom only scored four points. Merrimack shot nearly 56 percent from the field (15-27) and totaled 11 assists on 15 field goals entering halftime. Senior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) and sophomore Caitlyn Garger (Hicksville, N.Y.) combined for 22 first-half points on 8-for-12 shooting.
The second half was played at a slower pace, with the Warriors never letting the Lightning within striking distance. Over the final 20 minutes the Warriors outrebounded Goldey-Beacom, 22-16, including 17-9 on the defensive glass.
Garger led the Warriors with 15 points, on 7-for-9 shooting over an efficient 22 minutes. Three Warriors finished in double figures as head coach Monique Leblanc was able to use all of her roster, with no player totaling more than 26 minutes.
Inside The Numbers
Junior guard Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) was the lone Warriors not to record a point, but she contributed in other ways. The third-year player posted a team-high seven assists and added five boards … Freshmen shine: Van Belle along with Adrianna DeCicco (Shokan, N.Y.) each played well in their second career games. Van Belle totaled eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes off of the bench, while DeCicco totaled six second-half points to hit the scoresheet for the first time in her career … Merrimack shot 51 percent as a team and was dialed in from long distance, knocking down seven of the team’s 15 three-point attempts … The Warriors defense was phenomenal, forcing the Lightning into 36 attempts from 3-point range, most of which were contested. Goldey-Beacom only made 15 field goals in the game, four of which came from distance … Junior captain Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) was the other Warrior in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
Merrimack returns to the court on Wednesday, when the Navy and Gold open up Northeast-10 play against Stonehill College at 5:30 p.m. Single-game tickets will be available for purchase online at this link, or by calling the Merrimack Athletics Box Office at 978-837-5324. Adult tickets cost $5, while youth/senior tickets cost $3. All tickets are general admission seating.