Women’s Basketball: Merrimack 67, SNHU 58
- Updated: December 15, 2012
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Led by junior guard Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.), the Merrimack College women’s basketball team snapped its three game losing streak defeating conference rival Southern New Hampshire, 67-58, at SNHU Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Game: Merrimack 67, Southern New Hampshire 58
Records: Merrimack (4-5, 2-4) | SNHU (5-5, 3-4)
Location: SNHU Fieldhouse | Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Offensively Merrimack received a team-high 15 point effort from Rothman on 4-of-13 from the floor including 3-of-7 from three point range and 4-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior forward Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds including five defensive rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) played well in 27 minutes finishing with 11 points, three rebounds, and a steal.
The first four minutes of the game were a back and forth affair as the Warriors took an 11-6 lead with 16:48 remaining, as Weissmann made a three off a great pass from guard Allsion Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.). The Penmen managed to cut the Warriors lead to three (13-10) after a made jumper from Doherty. However, Merrimack quickly answered back with a made free throw from rookie Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas) to bring the score to 14-10.
With 13:33 left to play in the first, the Penmen tied the game at 14-all after a made layup from Doherty. For the next three minutes, both team’s exchanged baskets and the Penmen were able to take a 21-19 with 10 minutes remaining. SNHU extended their lead to as much as four (27-23) with 1:29 to play. After a deep three pointer from Wagner with just over 45 seconds left in the half, Merrimack went to the locker room with the score tied at 29-29.
The Penmen started the second half on a 7-1 run to take a six point lead but Obach cut the lead to four after a made jumper with 15:33 left to play in the game. Just over two minutes later, Weissmann cut the Penmen’s lead to one (41-40) after a made layup. The Warriors fought back and regained the lead with 12:33 left to play after a made three from Weissmann.
Over the next five minutes, both teams went back-and-forth trading baskets. With four minutes to play in regulation, Merrimack battled back and took a 59-56 lead after a layup from junior forward Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.).
Merrimack continued to stay strong and Rothman extended the Warriors lead to six (62-56) with 1:49 left to play. The Warriors finished strong and ended the game on a 5-0 run to bring the score to 67-58.
The Penmen were led by Erin Doherty who finished with a team-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Kaylea Griffin finished 3-of-4 from the floor and scored nine points, tallied three blocks, and hauled in three rebounds.
What they said
“Today was a great win over a very good Southern New Hampshire squad,” said head coach Monique LeBlanc. “I was particularly pleased with our defensive effort, which has been a focal point in practices.”
A Closer Look
- The key for the Warriors defensively was causing turnovers from the Penmen as they forced 19 turnovers. The Warriors turned the Penmen mishaps into 13 points on the afternoon.
- For the game, the Penmen were held to 26.9 percent from the floor but they shot 70 percent from the line. The Warriors shot 36.8 percent from the floor and shot 43 percent from behind the arc.
- The Penmen finished with 28 points in the paint and 23 second chance points, while Merrimack posted 18 points in the paint and six second chance points.
- SNHU recorded 34 bench points, as well as shooting only 9.1 percent from behind the arc.
Next up, the Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 18th, when they travel to Colchester, Vt. to take on Saint Michael’s in a NE-10 Conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.