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HACKENSACK, N.J. – Junior Kate Mager netted 19 points and sophomore Diamond Christian posted a new career high for the second time in two days with 17 of her own, but the Merrimack College women’s basketball team suffered a 73-64 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Sunday at the Rothman Center.
Merrimack led by as many as 11 points in the opening half and held a four-point edge through 20 minutes. FDU took the lead back in the third quarter, and used an 8-0 run to end that frame that created a nine-point advantage. A strong fourth quarter for the Warriors allowed Merrimack to get within two points on multiple occasions, but the Knights kept their lead throughout to hold on to the win.
The visitors outrebounded the hosts, 36-28, including a career-best nine rebounds for senior Autumn Truesdale. Both teams shot above 40 percent from beyond the arc with Merrimack hitting eight triples compared to 10 for FDU.
Score: FDU 73, Merrimack 64
Records: Merrimack (0-2, 0-2 NEC) | FDU (7-4, 3-3 NEC)
Location: Rothman Center | Hackensack, N.J.
- The Warriors enjoyed a superb start, making six of their first eight shots to build a 14-7 advantage over the first 5:40 of the opening frame. Christian scored seven straight points during that stretch for the Warriors. Christian ended up making her first five shots of the quarter, scoring 12 points to balloon Merrimack’s lead to double figures, 19-9. FDU closed the quarter on a 9-2 run, however, to make it a 21-18 game going to the second
- The second quarter was defined by its runs. Merrimack jumped out to an 11-point lead, 32-21, thanks to an 11-3 stretch that occurred across the quarter’s first three minutes. Then FDU scored eight straight to climb within three, only to see the Warriors answer with a 5-0 burst to notch a 37-29 advantage. FDU’s defense clamped down from there though, holding Merrimack scoreless over the final 3:54 of the half. The Warriors still led, 37-33, through 20 minutes
- Using a 6-0 run early in the third, FDU took its first lead since the opening minutes, 46-42, with under six minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors fought back to close within one, 48-47, aided by five points from sophomore Jayme DeCesare, but the Knights closed the third on an 8-0 spurt to take a nine-point lead to the final frame
- Mager’s shooting brought Merrimack right back into the game in the fourth. The third-year guard scored the first eight points of the quarter as part of a 10-3 run that created a two-point deficit, 59-57, with 5:04 remaining. Two points was as close as Merrimack would get, however, as FDU hit nine free throws over the final two minutes to secure the win
Notes and Numbers
- Mager scored in double figures for the 27th time in her career on Sunday. The sharpshooter also made four 3-pointers, the 15th time in her three-year career that she has connected on at least four in the game
- After scoring 15 points on Saturday, Christian bested that total on Sunday. Twelve of her 17 points came in the first quarter as she enjoyed a scorching start. The sophomore is shooting 63.6 percent (14-22) through two games
- Three players recorded at least six rebounds for Merrimack: Truesdale along with seniors Mayson Kimball and Alyssa Casey
- DeCesare finished with a team-high four assists
- Six Warriors recorded at least one steal
- The third quarter proved decisive, with FDU shooting 71 percent (10-14) while Merrimack shot 29 percent (4-14). The Knights outscored Merrimack, 23-10, in the frame
Merrimack will host its first two games of the season this week when the Warriors welcome Wagner College to Hammel Court for games on Thursday and Friday. Both tilts tip-off at 3 p.m.