Moments: Women’s Basketball Finds Major Success in the Northeast Conference

Merrimack’s success led to multiple individuals receiving end-of-year accolades, and leaving legacies that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Senior Denia Davis-Stewart had a season that Merrimack College women’s basketball fans will never forget. In her first season as a Division I athlete, Davis Stewart led the country in rebounds per game (13.6), and double-doubles (24). At Merrimack, the Dorchester native broke the record for most rebounds in a season (395) and rebounds in a game with 24 against Sacred Heart. During the 2019-20 season she became the second member of the 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound club in school history. Davis-Stewart is also the all-time blocks leader at Merrimack with 389 in her career.

Senior Denia Davis-Stewart at the free throw line against Wagner.

Sophomore guard Kate Mager has been the Warriors’ sharp shooter during her two seasons with the Warriors. The New City, N.Y. native finished the season with a school record 76 made three pointers. Mager averaged 2.6 threes per game in her first Division I season. She also led the Northeast Conference (NEC) in three-point percentage (.415) and three-pointers made with her 76 on the season. She was second nationally in shooting percentage coming off ball screens, hitting 50 percent of her attempts in that situation.

Sophomore Kate Mager playing against Wagner at Hammel Court.

Freshman point guard Jayme DeCesare had a major impact on Merrimack’s success, landing on the NEC’s All-Rookie Team for her efforts. DeCesare ran the point for all 29 Warrior games this season. She was the only freshman to start every game for Merrimack. She led the NEC in assist/turnover ratio with 87 assists to just 49 turnovers. The freshman guard averaged 9.2 points and three assists per game.

Freshman Jayme DeCesare earned a deserving spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team.

The hardware did not stop with DeCesare as both Davis-Stewart and Mager had plenty of honors to boast. Davis-Stewart ended the season as both the NEC’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while securing a spot on the all-conference first team. Mager’s role as the NEC’s leader in 3-point shooting (makes as well as percentage) garnered her a spot on the all-league third team, as well. Davis-Stewart’s honors was not limited to the league level: She was an all-region selection by the ECAC and was also recognized nationally for her gaudy numbers throughout the year.

Denia Davis-Stewart became the first-ever Merrimack student-athlete to be named NEC Player of the Year in any sport in 2019-20

She also earned All-ECAC accolades as one of the top players in the region

Denia Davis-Stewart’s name was visible across many national statistics, including leading the nation in rebounding

Sophomore Kate Mager emerged as the Warriors’ No. 2 scoring option and one of the top shooters in both the NEC and the country

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