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Merrimack Opens Season with Win over Post

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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.

The Basics
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

Up Next
Merrimack continues play in the NE-10/CACC Challenge tomorrow at 3:30 against Goldey-Beacom College.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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