NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior captain Lindsay Werner became the 21st student-athlete in Merrimack College women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points on Saturday afternoon, scoring a game-high 21 points as the Warriors blitzed visiting Saint Anselm by 19 points, 74-55, on Alumni Day. The Warriors increased their season-best winning streak to five games, handing second-place Saint Anselm just its fifth defeat this season.
The Warriors’ shooting guard scored 11 first-quarter points, hitting the 1,000-point plateau at the 5:24 mark of the first quarter. She finished the day shooting 8-of-13, making five of the Warriors’ nine 3-pointers on the day. Merrimack held Saint Anselm to just 31.3 percent shooting (23-72), including a strong 3-point defense that relented only three makes on 17 attempts.
Score: Merrimack 74, Saint Anselm 55
Records: Merrimack (16-7, 9-7 NE10) | Saint Anselm (16-5, 11-5 NE10)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- Werner did not waste much time hitting the milestone. The shooting guard scored eight of Merrimack’s first 16 points, sinking a right-wing triple at the 5:24 mark of the quarter, capping a 16-6 run to start the game for the hosts with her 1,000th career point. After the Hawks closed within nine, 22-13, the Warriors ended the quarter on a 5-0 burst to take a 28-13 lead to the second frame. Werner ended the first with a buzzer-beating triple, totaling 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the quarter
- The second quarter proved to a defensive 10 minutes, with the programs combined for just 23 points. The Warriors lead grew to 20 on multiple occasions, including at 39-19 with 4:15 left until halftime. The team’s combined for just six points over the remainder of the quarter, with Merrimack up 18, 41-23, at the start of the third
- Merrimack’s lead remained at 18, 45-27, at the midway point of the third quarter. Werner proceeded scored five straight herself to bring the Warriors’ advantage to 21 (50-29) with 3:43 on the clock. With the margin still there at 54-33, the hosts held Saint Anselm scoreless over the final 2:33 to take a 58-33 lead into the final frame
- Freshman Kate Mager hit a triple within the first minute of the fourth quarter to give the Warriors their largest lead of the day at 26 points. Merrimack’s reserves saw extended action in the final quarter, as well, with juniors Alyssa Torres and Giulia Orlando recording points off the bench for Merrimack
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack picked up its 16th win of the year, the second most during the eight-year tenure of Monique LeBlanc. It’s the programs second most victories in 13 years, as well
- MILESTONE ACHIEVED: Werner became the first player since 2014 to hit the 1,000-point mark, and 21st overall in program history. The shoot guard finished the day with 1,014 career points, and reached that plateau in mostly three years’ time after scoring only 11 points during her freshman year
- Werner’s final line also included a career-best eight rebounds, tying for the team high with four on the offensive glass
- The Warriors remained in a tie for fourth in the Northeast Division with the win, but sit just one game out of third after Stonehill’s defeat to Southern New Hampshire
- Junior Denia Davis-Stewart posted her 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Mayson Kimball joined her in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-12 from the field
- Merrimack’s defense held an opponent to its third worst shooting performance (31.9 percent) and sixth worse 3-point effort (17.6 percent)
- Senior Karlee Alves netted another efficient day with seven assists with only two turnovers. The senior point guard totaled 15 assists and three turnovers over 65 minutes played this week
Merrimack travels to Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, looking to complete a season sweep of the Ravens. Tip-off from Rindge, N.H. is set for 3 p.m.