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Women’s Basketball Heads to St Francis Brooklyn for Regular Season Finale

Matchup St Francis Brooklyn (8-19, NEC 4-12)  
Merrimack (19-9, NEC 12-5)
Date/Time Monday, March 2, 2020 // 7:00 p.m.
Venue Pope Physical Education Center // Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
Multimedia Live Stats // Watch // Twitter // Instagram

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s basketball team is set to take on Saint Francis Brooklyn in the final regular season game of the season.  The Warriors head into the new week currently in third place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with a record of 12-5.  After the season ends on Monday, due to NCAA transition rules, Merrimack will not be allowed to play in the conference tournament.  They will however, be allowed to play in non-sanctioned post season events like the WNIT and WBI if they get invited.

Five Things to Know:

  • Senior Denia Davis-Stewart has had an incredible first Division I season.  She currently leads the NEC in points (18.3) rebounds (13.5), and blocks per game (4.0).  The Dorchester, Mass native is also leading the country in double doubles with 23 on the season and defensive rebounds per game with 10.7.  Two weeks ago, she broke two Merrimack College records, the first was in the game against Sacred Heart she pulled down 24 rebounds in the victory.  The other record was the number of rebounds in a single-season, which was previously held by Stacy Knapp.  Davis-Stewart currently has 362 rebounds this season, she broke the record which was previously at 350.  In her last game against Central Connecticut State she scored 16 points and pulled in 15 rebounds.
  • Sophomore Kate Mager is having a great season shooting the three ball.  The sophomore guard is leading the NEC in three-point percentage (.429) and three-pointers made (76).  She is the only player in the conference that is shooting over 40% from deep and is the only player with 70+ three makes on the season.  Like Davis-Stewart, Mager set a Merrimack record two weeks ago.  The second-year guard made her 71 three-pointer to push her past Lindsey Warner for the most in a single season at Merrimack.  In the Warriors last game on Saturday, Mager two long-range shots.
  • Graduate student Courtney Clasen has been the definition of consistent during NEC play.  In the Warriors win over CCSU on Saturday Clasen had six points and 11 rebounds.  It was the third time in three games that she has had double digit boards.  In conference play she is averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. 
  • In its first year in Division I the Merrimack College women’s basketball team is right on pace with everyone else.  The Warriors rank second nationally in fewest fouls committed (328), eighth in blocks shots per game (6.0), and 13th in made threes (248).
  • St. Francis Brooklyn is currently 8-19 on the season.  Senior Jade Johnson leads the team in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game.

Scouting the Opposition

Merrimack (18-8) Stat Category St. Francis Brooklyn (8-19)
66.5 Points Per Game 64.6
58.2 Points Allowed Per Game 73.4
.391 Field Goal Percentage .393
.351 Three-Point FG Percentage .319
39.7 Rebounds Per Game 32.5
Denia Davis Stewart (18.3 ppg­) Points Leader Jade Johnson (16.7 ppg)
Davis-Stewart (13.5 rpg) Rebounds Leader Ally Lassen (5.8 rpg)
Jayme DeCesare (3.1 apg) Assists Leader Nevena Dimitrijevic (6.3 apg)
Courtney Clasen (1.9 spg) Steals Leader Dimitrijevic (1.9 spg)
Davis-Stewart (4.0 bpg) Blocks Leader Jenna Jordan (0.3 bpg)

Up Next:
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. 

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