NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Behind a career-high 19 points from senior forward Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.), the Merrimack College women’s basketball team defeated Post University, 77-57, at Hammel Court on Friday night.
Score: Merrimack 77 | Post 57
Records: Merrimack (1-0) | Post (0-1)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
The Warriors opened up the 2014-15 campaign against the Post Eagles as part of the NE-10/CACC Challenge.
In the first half, Merrimack trailed early, as Deaisia Acklin hit a layup at the 12:58 mark to give the Eagles a 10-5 lead. The Warriors would answer with a 9-0 run headlined by an Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.) 3-pointer to give Merrimack a 14-10 advantage.
Over a four-minute span with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, the Navy and Gold went on a 11-2 spurt, which included seven consecutive points from Amenta. Merrimack ended that span up 27-16 and the Warriors entered halftime with a 43-23 advantage.
Amenta led all players with 13 points over the first 20 minutes, including shooting 5-for-5 from field. As a team Merrimack shot nearly 50 percent from the field and outrebound the Eagles, 27-18.
In the second half, the Warriors held off the Eagles, nullifying any change of a second-half comeback. An Amenta layup 5:15 into the second stanza gave the Warriors a 49-31 lead. Junior captain Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) knocked down a jumper at the midway point of the half to push Merrimack over the 60-point plateau, 61-37.
Senior Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) and junior center Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) gave the Warriors good minutes off the bench. Miller scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting in the second half, while Ward totaled five points, including a three-point play.
Merrimack nearly reached the 80-point milestone, settling for the 77-57 victory.
Inside The Numbers
Senior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the way with 25 minutes and posted a team-high nine assists. The Warriors displayed effective ball movement, dishing out 21 helpers on 33 field goals
Senior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) totaled a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds
The Navy and Gold outrebound Post 46-33, including 18-13 on the offensive glass. Johnson and Amenta combined for nearly half of the Warriors offensive rebounds
Amenta set career highs in points (9) field-goals made (8) and field-goals attempted (9). She totaled half of Merrimack’s 38 points off a bench, and did so after only playing 19 minutes
Merrimack continues play in the NE-10/CACC Challenge tomorrow at 3:30 against Goldey-Beacom College.