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NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team suffered its second Northeast Conference (NEC) loss on Saturday afternoon to Robert Morris University. Senior Denia Davis-Stewart led the way for the Warriors offensively scoring 21 points. She also earned her 11th double-double of the season and seventh in a row with 13 rebounds on the afternoon. Freshman Kaylee Thomas chipped in with 14 points off of the bench for Merrimack.
Score: Merrimack 62 , Robert Morris 68
Records: Merrimack (7-6, 0-2 NEC) | Robert Morris (7-6, 2-0 NEC)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.
- Robert Morris jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Warriors stormed back going on an 11-0 run of their own, highlighted by back-to-back three pointers by Davis-Stewart. The Colonials ended the quarter with a four point lead after a jumper by Natalie Villaflor in the closing seconds.
- Like in the first quarter, the Colonials jumped out to a large lead in the beginning of the quarter. Robert Morris went up 14 three minutes into the quarter after a Holly Forbes jumper found the bottom of the net. Freshman Jayme DeCesare stopped the run after cutting in the lane and knocking down a scoop layup. Robert Morris took a 14 point lead into the locker room.
- In the third, Davis-Stewart scored four points in the first four minutes to cut the Robert Morris lead to 12. Thomas had three points all from the free throw line in the last two minutes of the quarter. Isabella Posset knocked down a half-court shot as time expired to give the Colonials a 17 point lead entering the final frame.
- The Warriors went down 19 quickly in the fourth, but then got back-to-back buckets in the paint form Thomas and DeCesare to cut the lead to 15. Grad student Courtney Clasen to cut the lead to 13 after hitting a layup. After a Robert Morris three, Thomas came down the other end and knocked down a long ball of her own. Davis-Stewart and freshman Alana Fursman hit layups on two straight possessions to make the lead only nine. Thomas knocked down two more free throws and then a layup to cut the lead to just five. A layup and free throw made the lead eight for the Colonials. Clasen scored a layup and Thomas stayed consistent at the line to make the lead four. Merrimack started to foul and Robert Morris knocked down its free throws to finish the game up six points.
Notes and Numbers
- In her first game back from injury Clasen went 3-4 from the field for six points.
- This is the second time this season Thomas has scored in double-digits
- Merrimack outscored Robert Morris 27-16 in the fourth quarter
- Merrimack scored 26 points off of turnovers.
The Warriors host Bryant University on Wednesday, January 8th. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hammel Court.