NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team earned its 19th victory of the season after beating Central Connecticut State University by a score of 56-46. Senior Denia Davis-Stewart put up her 23rd double-double of the season, a category which she leads the country in. The fourth-year forward scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in her final game at Hammel Court. Sophomore guard Kate Mager scored 12 points in the victory after knocking down two threes. Freshman point guard Jayme DeCesare chipped in with 10 points in the win.
Score: Merrimack 56, Central Connecticut 46
Records: Merrimack (19-9, NEC 12-5) |Central Connecticut (2-25, NEC 1-15)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- Senior Emily Houle started the Warriors scoring with a hard cut and layup in the lane. On the next possession Davis-Stewart knocked down a three to give the Warriors a first quarter lead. A Davis-Stewart layup brought the lead up to three. The Blue Devils battled the rest of the quarter and ended up making the score tied at eight heading into the second frame.
- Central Connecticut jumped out an early lead of four. Freshman classmates Diamond Christian and Alana Fursman both hit two free throws to cut the deficit to two. Graduate student Courtney Clasen and Mager knocked down threes on back-to-back times down the court to make the Warrior lead three. With under a minute to play in the half, freshman Kaylee Thomas hit two three throws to push the advantage up to six.
- In the third, Mager took the ball hard in the lane and scored on two straight possessions. Davis-Stewart hit another three to give the Warriors their first double figure lead of the game. DeCesare found the bottom of the net with a three to push the lead to 16. The lead maintained at 16 heading into the fourth quarter after a Davis-Stewart layup with just over a minute left in the quarter.
- Central Connecticut cut the lead to 10 after an Ashely Chin jumper. Davis-Stewart brought the lead back up to 12 after a hook shot in the lane. Chin hit another jumper to slice the Warrior lead to 10 with 1:28 left in the game.
Notes and Numbers
- Seniors Alyssa Torres and Giulia Orlando got their first starts of the season
- Clasen had another double figure rebounding afternoon with 11 boards
- The Warriors shot 83% from the free throw line
- Merrimack got 32 points off of their bench compared to 26 from Central Connecticut
The Warriors head to Brooklyn for their final road trip of the season. Merrimack is set to take on St. Francis Brooklyn next Monday at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on NEC Front Row.