ALBANY , N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball program increased its current winning streak to three games and won its eighth of 10 overall on Saturday, defeating the College of Saint Rose by a 72-65 margin from Nolan Gymnasium in Albany, N.Y. The win improved Merrimack’s overall record to 14-7 and brought the Warriors to .500 in Northeast-10 Conference play at 7-7. The Warriors moved into fifth place in the Northeast Division with seven games left in the regular season.
Junior Denia Davis-Stewart notched a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds, shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Sophomore Alyssa Caseynetted a game-high 18 points, while classmate Mayson Kimball joined her in double figures with 12. Freshman Kate Mager put forth a perfect second-half performance, collecting all 13 of her points in the final quarter on 3-of-3 shooting from distance and a 4-of-4 effort at the free-throw line.
Score: Merrimack 72, Saint Rose 65
Records: Merrimack (14-7, 7-7 NE10) | Saint Rose (11-10, 4-10 NE10)
Location: Nolan Gym | Albany, N.Y.
- The first quarter saw a high-scoring first five minutes followed by a defensive-minded final five minutes. Senior Lindsay Werner scored five of the Warriors’ first 11 points in an 11-10 start for Merrimack by the 4:30 mark, but the Warriors scored just four points over the rest of the quarter. The Golden Knights sank a triple in the waning seconds to take a 16-15 lead
- Merrimack found its groove in the second quarter, led by Davis-Stewart who scored eight points in the quarter. The junior finished the half with 12 points and 10 boards to already have a double-double through 20 minutes. With the score at 28-25 in favor of Saint Rose, Casey and Kimball hit consecutive 3-pointers to swing the game in the Warriors’ favor as the visitors eventual took a 33-30 advantage to the locker room
- After Saint Rose pulled with three, 37-34, in the early stages of the third quarter, Casey poured in five straight points to increase Merrimack’s advantage to seven (42-35) at the 6:12 mark. Saint Rose would retake the lead later in the quarter, 48-46, only to see Mager hit back-to-back triples. Werner added a bucket to give Merrimack an 8-0 run that gave the Warriors the lead for good
- With Merirmack’s lead resting an eight, 59-51, with 7:06 remaining, Saint Rose used a 5-0 burst to climb within three points of tying the game. Mager answered with her third and final triple of the game, and the Warriors’ advantage never dipped below two possessions over the remainder of the quarter. Merrimack hit all six of its free-throw attempts in the game’s final minute to prevent a Saint Rose comeback
Notes and Numbers
- Davis-Stewart picked up her ninth double-double of the season, and her fourth game with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. The junior added three blocks to bring her season total to 82, tying her career high set last season
- Casey led Merrimack in scoring for the second time in her last three games, and seventh time overall this season. The Andover, Mass. native has scored at least 10 points in 13 games this season
- MILESTONE WATCH (Part 1): Werner finished the day with nine points, needing just 32 more to become the 21st player in school history with 1,000 career points
- MILESTONE WATCH (Part 2): Merrimack controlled the pace of play on Saturday, scoring 32 fast break points compared to 16 for Saint Rose. Senior captain Karlee Alves dished out nine assists, moving with seven of setting a new single-season record
- The Warriors’ edge on the glass featured a 43-33 rebounding advantage, leading to a 12-6 disparity in second-chance points for Merrimack
- Merrimack hit seven 3-pointers as a team, setting a new single-season program record with 184 on the season. The 2012-13 team owned the previous record with 183 makes
Merrimack faces Assumption College on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. at Laska Gym in Worcester, Mass. The Warriors will look to even the season series against the Greyhounds, and gain a two-game lead on Assumption for the final playoff spot in the Northeast Division