Women’s Basketball Second Half Comeback Cut Short at Mount St. Mary’s

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EMMITSBURG, MD. –  The Merrimack College women’s basketball team suffered its fifth Northeast Conference loss on Sunday afternoon against Mount St. Mary’s University by a score of 62-53.  Senior Denia Davis-Stewart earned her 22nd double-double of the season after scoring a game-high 21 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.  Graduate student Courtney Clasen also had a double-double this afternoon.  Her 11 points and 13 rebounds were good enough for her second of the season.  Sophomore Kate Mager and freshman Diamond Christian also chipped in with eight points.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 53
, Mount St. Mary’s 62
Records: Merrimack (18-9, NEC 11-5) |Mount St. Mary’s (18-9, NEC 13-2)
Location: Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, MD.
Rapid Recap

  • Mount St. Mary’s started the game on a 14-0 run, highlighted by eight points from Michaela Harrison.  Davis-Stewart finally stopped the Warrior scoring drought with three minutes left to play in the quarter.   Davis-Stewart and Clasen combined for a 4-0 Warrior run to end the quarter that put the Mount lead at 13. 
  • Freshman Alana Fursman knocked down a three midway through the second quarter to slice the Mount St. Mary’s lead to 16.  Back-to-back Davis-Stewart layups cut the advantage to 12 points.  She also knocked down a free throw late in the quarter to make the deficit 11 heading into the locker rooms.
  • In the third, Mager hit her first three of the game to make the lead just 10 points.  Mount St. Mary’s then went on a 10-0 run to push the lead back up to 19.  Davis-Stewart went on a 6-0 run by herself to cut the deficit to 11.  Junior Marissa Gattuso found the bottom of the net with a jumper that made the lead single digits for the first time since the first quarter.  A Clasen three with 30 seconds left in the third maintained the lead at nine.  The Mount hit a jumper with four seconds left to make the advantage 11 heading into the final frame.
  • Early in the fourth quarter, Davis-Stewart posted up her defender and scored to make the Mount lead seven.  The Mountaineers then went on an 8-0 run to bring the lead back up to 15.  Christian knocked down a three late in the quarter, but it was not enough.

Notes and Numbers

  • Davis-Stewart ranks first in the country in double-doubles this season with 22 in 27 games.
  • Clasen had a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss
  • The Warriors shot 88% from the free throw line

Up Next
The Warriors head home for the final home game of the season against Central Connecticut State.  The game is set of Saturday at 1 p.m.   


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