NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack Warriors women's basketball team was not able to defeat the Bentley Falcons on Tuesday night despite 15 points from Gennifer Roy (Granby, Mass.), losing 68-51. The Warriors shot 41.8 percent from the field for the game but could not stop the spread out Falcons scoring attack.
Merrimack (3-17, 2-14 NE-10) will return to Hammel Court on Saturday for a contest against Stonehill at 1 pm.
"We had a strong start to the game tonight," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "But we were unable to answer Bentley's runs throughout the contest. We played very well in spurts but we did not play with enough energy throughout the game to beat the #9 team in the country."
Roy led all scorers in the game scoring 15 points on 6-13 from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line. Valerie Avebe (Yaounde, Cameroon) played good making her second consecutive start, scoring 13 points and grabbing three rebounds in the defeat.
Merrimack started off the first half by opening up a six point advantage with 15:55 remaining as Roy stole the ball from the Bentley guard, raced down the court and drained a pull up jumper.
The Falcons put together a run of their own to give them the 29-16 advantage after Katherine Goodwin drained two free throws with 7:58 to play in the half.
The Warriors used an 8-0 run to get back into the game at the 5:49 mark as Roy made a fast break layup off of an Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) dish. Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) made a layup on the very next trip off of a Roy dish to cut the deficit to five.
The Falcons closed the half on a 6-2 run to give them the 35-26 halftime lead. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field in the opening half with Roy leading the way with nine points on 4-7 from the field.
The Falcons opened up the second half increasing their halftime lead to 14 with 17:02 to play in the game as Caleigh Crowell sank a jumper from straight away. Wagner responded quickly to cut the deficit to 11 as she drained a contested three point jumper off of a Roy assist.
The Falcon lead was cut down to eight at the 10:55 mark of the second half by Avebe who made a tough layup in the lane after a Roy pass led her straight to the cup.
Merrimack was not able to get closer than eight down the stretch as Bentley pulled out to a 16 point lead with 2:44 showing on the game clock.
The Warriors were only able to shoot 35.5 percent in the second half, falling 68-51 to the #9 Bentley Falcons.
Merrimack received solid play from Wagner as she racked up 10 points on 4-11 from the field. Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) scored six points and grabbed three rebounds off the bench for the Warriors. Schatzlein had a quiet night offensively scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in the loss.
The Falcons received even scoring throughout the game as five Bentley players scored in double figures including Crowell who scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in the victory. Courtney Finn finished the game with 13 points on 4-6 from the field.
Merrimack won the battle in the paint and off turnovers, outscoring Bentley 30-28 and 14-13 respectively.