NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In the first game of the season against UMass Amherst senior Denia Davis-Stewart earned her first triple-double of the season, tonight in the last regular season game of the season, the senior did it again. The Dorchester native scored 25 points, pulled in 18 rebounds, and blocked 10 shots in the victory. Freshman Alana Fursman scored a career-high 15 points after going a perfect 3-3 from long range. Graduate student Courtney Clasen was the only other Warrior in double figures with 14 points. Clasen went 7-10 from the field.
Postgame Comments: Denia Davis-Stewart
Score: Merrimack 72, Central Connecticut 52
Records: Merrimack (20-9, NEC 13-5) |St. Francis Brooklyn (8-20, NEC 4-13)
Location: Pope Physical Education Center | Brooklyn, N.Y.
- The Warriors opened the game up on a 11-4 run, highlighted by four points by Clasen. Davis-Stewart knocked down a jumper to put Merrimack up nine with 4:20 remaining in the first. Freshman Kaylee Thomas hit a three on her first shot of the game. Freshman Diamond Christian knocked down a jumper to give the Warriors a 13-point advantage.
- In the second, Davis-Stewart it a layup early in the quarter to put the Warriors up 12. Fursman sank a three to give Merrimack a 16-point advantage with 7:28 left in the half. St. Francis cut the lead to 12 on a Nevena Dimitrijevic jumper. The Warriors brought the lead back up to 13 on another Davis-Stewart jumper. Davis-Stewart swished a free throw to give Merrimack a 14-point advantage heading into the locker rooms.
- The Terriers opened the half on a 6-0 run cutting the Warrior lead to eight. Merrimack brought the lead back up to 15 after a 7-0 run of its own. St. Francis cut the advantage to 11 after an Abby Anderson jumper. A Clasen jumper brought the lead back up to 15. Anderson scored at the buzzer to make the defect 11 heading into the fourth.
- The Terriers cut the lead to nine on two Ally Lassen free throws. The lead was cut to six on a Melody Van Ness three. Davis-Stewart hit a jumper to put Merrimack up eight. A Fursman jumper put the lead at 11 with 6:12 left in the game. Van Ness cut the defect back to single digits with a three. Another Fursman three brought the advantage up to 16 with 2:20 left in the game. The Warriors maintained the lead and won the game by 18.
Notes and Numbers
- With her performance tonight, Davis-Stewart earned her second triple-double of the season. She ends the regular season with the national lead in double-doubles with 24. She also ends the regular season with the Northeast Conference (NEC) lead in points (18.5), rebounds (13.6) and blocks (4.2).
- Merrimack ends the regular season with a 20-9 overall record, which includes a 13-5 record in its first season in the NEC, which is good enough for third place.
- The Warriors scored 32 points in the paint compared to the Terries that had 24.
Stay tuned as more is expected from the Warriors this season. Merrimack is expected to continue play in the postseason in March, with more details to come on what college basketball postseason tournament that Merrimack will play in.