NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team has now rattled off three straight Northeast Conference (NEC) victories after the win tonight over Mount St. Mary’s University 76-55. Senior Denia Davis-Stewart earned her eighth double-double in a row after scoring 14 points and pulling in 13 rebounds. Freshman Alana Fursman scored a career-high 14 points after going 4-6 from the field, including 2-3 from long range. Fellow freshmen Kaylee Thomas and Jayme DeCesare also scored in double digits netting 14 and 12 points apiece. With the win the Warriors move to 3-2 in NEC conference play.
Score: Merrimack 76, CCSU 55
Records: Merrimack (10-6, 3-2 NEC) | Mount St. Mary’s (8-8, 3-1 NEC)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- The game was all tied up at eight with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Michaela Harrison knocked down a three for Mount St. Mary’s. Thomas then answered back with a three to be outmatched Thomas returned the favor her next possession to tie the game up at 14. Merrimack took a one-point lead into the second quarter after a Davis-Stewart free throw.
- Merrimack went up six early in the second quarter after a layup by Thomas and a three by DeCesare found the bottom of the net. The lead was extended to 12 with just under six minutes left in the half after another DeCesare three. Mount St. Mary’s cut the lead to 10 after Rebecca Lee knocked down a layup in the paint. The Warriors took a lead of 10 into the locker rooms after Davis-Stewart hit a layup late in the quarter.
- A Davis-Stewart three ball pushed the Merrimack lead to 14 early in the third quarter. Fursman knocked down a three with just under six minutes left in the quarter to make the Warrior lead 16. Graduate student Courtney Clasen made the lead 19 with her first three of the game. Sophomore Kate Mager knocked down a three with under four minutes left in the quarter to give Merrimack a 24-point lead.
- The lead was cut to 19 by another Harrison jump shot. A Fursman layup with six minutes left in the game gave Merrimack a 21-point lead. Sophomore Caroline Wilson knocked down a three with 33 seconds remaining to finish the game off for the Warriors.
Notes and Numbers
- Along with her double-double, Davis-Stewart also had five blocks on the night
- In conference play, Clasen is averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
- Merrimack shot 50% from the field and 48% from long range against Mount St. Mary’s
Merrimack heads to Pennsylvania for two games in three days. The Warriors start their road trip at Robert Morris on Saturday and then head to Saint Francis (PA) on Monday. Both games are set for 1 p.m. and will be streamed on NEC Front Row.