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Warriors Defeat Women’s Basketball, 58-46

Warriors Defeat Women’s Basketball, 58-46

PHILADELPHIA – Despite a strong second half effort, the USciences women's basketball team was unable to overcome a shaky start against visiting Merrimack College on Sunday at the Bobby Morgan Arena, falling to their Northeast-10 opponent, 58-46.  The loss drops the Devils overall record to 3-8, while remaining 3-3 within CACC conference play.  Merrimack improves to 6-6 overall with the victory.     

Using a variety of defensive pressing schemes to wreak havoc upon the Devils offensive plans, the Warriors built a commanding 19-5 lead after just the first quarter of play.  The Devils were unable to get anything going on offense in the second period as well, and would ultimately face what seemed to be in an insurmountable 32-13 Merrimack lead, with the teams going into the locker rooms at halftime.       

The Devils were certainly unwilling to go down without a proper fight, and the second half of the contest saw a re-energized effort from the home team.  USciences outscored Merrimack in the second half, 33-26, riding an inspired effort from freshman combo-guard Alex Thomas, who finished the game with team-highs for the Devils in both points (11) and rebounds (10).  Junior guard Natalie Stella drilled both 3-point FG attempts she attempted in the second half, finishing with 7 points in just 11 minutes of the bench.

The Warriors were led by junior guard Tia Scott, who shot a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, capping off a game-high 20-point performance.   

USciences women's basketball next returns to action for a rare Wednesday matinee, when they host non-conference opponent Chowan University on December 30th.  The Hawks (6-4), of the NCAA Division II CIAA Conference, will be traveling north to Philadelphia from Murfreesboro, NC for the inaugural matchup between the two teams.  Tip-off is slated for 2pm.