MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. MERRIMACK
Monday, January 13 | 7:00 p.m.
North Andover, Mass. | Hammel Court
EMMITSBURG, Md. (Jan. 12, 2020) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team will be looking to accomplish a feat for the first time in 20 years when they take on Merrimack Monday in North Andover.
This is the first-ever meeting between Mount St. Mary's and Merrimack. The Warriors are in their first season as a Division I program, joining the Northeast Conference (NEC) from Division II's Northeast 10.
A victory for the Mountaineers would mean a 4-0 start in NEC play. The last time that happened was the 1999-2000 season, when the Mount started 7-0 on the way to a 20-9 (14-4 NEC) season. One major key to the wins is the team's 8-1 record when scoring 70 points or more. Coach Maria Marchesano is 20-7 at Mount St. Mary's when her team hits that mark.
The Mount led wire-to-wire in the win over the Bryant Bulldogs. Rebecca Lee had her best performance of the season, matching a career-high in assists with three and earning or tying season highs in points, field goals, foul shots and rebounds. Michaela Harrison led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Jatarrikah Settle, who matched Lee with 17.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Merrimack leads the NEC in overall record with a 9-6 showing, but have started 2-2 in conference play. The Warriors defeated Bryant and Central Connecticut State, but fell to front runners Robert Morris and Sacred Heart.
Their key player is Denia Davis-Stewart, who is averaging a double-double with 18.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. She also leads the country in blocked shots with 75. Guard Kate Mager also averages double figures in scoring with 11.3 per game.
Mount St. Mary's will return to Emmitsburg for a three game home stand, starting with Central Connecticut this Saturday (Jan. 18).