The game will begin shortly. From the Merrimack site:
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team travels to the College of Holy Cross on Saturday, November 23rd. The Warriors head into the matchup after getting their third win of the season Wednesday night over Eastern Nazarene College. Merrimack also has wins over Umass and UNH this season.
Five Things to Know: 1. Junior Alyssa Casey scored a season-high 17 points in the Warriors win over Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday night. Casey is currently ranked third on the team in scoring averaging 10.4 points a game this season. 2. Senior Denia Davis-Stewart continues to pack that stat sheet for the Warriors. Davis-Stewart is averaging 19.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 6.2 blocks per game this season. She ranks seventh in the country in rebounds per game and second in blocks per game. Davis-Stewart currently has 31 total blocks on the season, which is 11 more than anyone else in the country. 3. Senior Emily Houle scored a career-high 14 points in the win on Wednesday night. Houle shot 2-3 from long range and also grabbed six rebounds in the contest. 4. The Warriors got 39 points from bench players on Wednesday night. 5. Holy Cross enters the game this weekend with a 2-1 record after beating Boston College and Bryant. Saturday's matchup will be the first time both teams play each other in women's basketball.
Scouting the Opposition Merrimack (3-2) Stat Category Holy Cross (2-1) 69.0 Points Per Game 80.7 59.4 Points Allowed Per Game 74.7 .367 Field Goal Percentage .463 .351 Three-Point FG Percentage .471 41.6 Rebounds Per Game 46.0 Denia Davis Stewart (19.4 ppg) Points Leader Avery LaBarbera (18.0 ppg) Davis-Stewart (12.4 rpg) Rebounds Leader Lauren Manis (9.0 rpg) Jayme DeCesare (3.8 apg) Assists Leader Madalyn Smith (4.7 apg) Courtney Clasen (1.6 spg) Steals Leader LaBarbera (1.3 spg) Davis-Stewart (6.2 bpg) Blocks Leader Jenay Faulkner (1.0 bpg)
At the half 13 for Swords (off some nice feeds) and 6 each for Faulkner and LaBarbera. LaBarbera has 7 rebounds with 9 for Manis and 5 for Smith. LaBarbera has 3 assists with 2 each for Manis and Faulkner.
Murphy has 2 PF for HC. Davis-Stewart has 3 PF for Merrimack.
Davis-Stewart hass 3 Fouls and had to sit out the last 3 minuets of the half. At 6'1" she is the "height" for the warriors and they are a different team without her underneath. She had 5 blocks and 2 rebounds in the first half. She averages 19 points/game and 12 rebounds/game.