Women’s Basketball Continues Homestand against Long Island on Saturday

Matchup Long Island U (4-15, 3-5 NEC) vs.
Merrimack (12-7, 5-3 NEC)
Date/Time Saturday, February 1, 2020 // 1 p.m.
Venue Hammel Court // North Andover, Mass.
Multimedia Live Stats // Watch // Twitter // Instagram

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team will host Long Island University on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.  The Warriors are coming off a 62-51 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday.  Entering the weekend Merrimack tied for third place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with a 5-3 record. 

February 1st is Big Prize Giveaway Day at Hammel Court.  The Warriors will be giving away a bookstore gift card at the end of the first quarter, a swag bag at the end of the second quarter, and an Uber gift card at the end of the third quarter.  Students must be attendance to be eligible for the prizes.

Five Things to Know:

  • Senior Denia Davis-Stewart is averaging a conference leading 18.4 points and 13.2 rebounds per game this season.  The fourth-year forward is closing in on quite the milestone in her Merrimack career.  Davis-Stewart only needs 20 rebounds to become the second player in the history of Merrimack College with over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.  Her 88 blocks on the season ranks her second in the country only behind Sara Hamson of BYU who has 92 send backs on the season.
  • Sophomore guard Kate Mager currently leads the NEC in three-point percentage with a mark of .431 on the season.  Mager has knocked down 47 long range buckets which leads the team.  The New City, N.Y. native also ranks second in the conference in threes per game with 2.5 through 19 games this year.
  • Freshman guard Kaylee Thomas is averaging 9.1 points through eight conference games this season.  Thomas has scored in double figures four times in eight NEC contests, including scoring 14 points three times.
  • In the Warriors last win against Fairleigh Dickinson head coach Monique LeBlanc earned her 121st victory making her the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history.
  • Long Island is currently 4-15 on the season, which includes going 3-5 in NEC play.  Sophomore Brandy Thomas leads the Sharks in scoring averaging 14.3 points per game.  

Scouting the Opposition

Merrimack (12-7) Stat Category Long Island U (4-15)
67.7 Points Per Game 60.8
59.4 Points Allowed Per Game 67.7
.402 Field Goal Percentage .357
.366 Three-Point FG Percentage .325
38.6 Rebounds Per Game 41.5
Denia Davis Stewart (18.4 ppg­) Points Leader Brandy Thomas (14.3 ppg)
Davis-Stewart (13.2 rpg) Rebounds Leader Thomas (8.3 rpg)
Jayme DeCesare (3.4 apg) Assists Leader Ryan Weise (4.2 apg)
Courtney Clasen (1.6 spg) Steals Leader Weise (1.6 spg)
Davis-Stewart (4.6 bpg) Blocks Leader Kiara Bell (1.6 bpg)

Up Next:
The Warriors get right back to action on Monday, February 3rd when St. Francis Brooklyn visits Hammel Court for the first time.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

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