---- — RINDGE, N.H. — Merrimack College’s women’s basketball team opened its Northeast-10 season on a high note last night, playing stifling defense in the second half to defeat Franklin Pierce on the road, 63-60.
Trailing 37-34 at halftime, Merrimack held the Ravens to just 23 points in the second half, handing them their first loss after opening with two victories.
Katie Ganser led all scorers with 17 points for the Warriors (1-0) while Shelby Sebor and Jaclyn Lyons added 11 and 10 points respectively. Kelly Schatzien led all rebounders with 11 boards. Also, freshman guard Tia Scott had a strong game off the bench with seven points and five assists.
Still behind late in the game, Merrimack tied the score at 60 with just over a minute remaining after a Schatzlein layup and the Warriors took the lead for good with an Ashley Weissmann layup after a steal. The Warriors, who will travel to the Dominican Tournament starting Friday, held Franklin Pierce to 33 percent shooting on the night.
For Franklin Pierce, former Salem High standout Amanda Saab of Windham scored five points and had seven rebounds.
Big night for BC’s Zenevitch, Boudreau
The Boston College women’s basketball team dumped Holy Cross, 71-52. The Eagles, who improved to 1-1, got huge efforts from a pair of former Eagle-Tribune MVPs. Junior center Katie Zenevitch of Methuen scored a game-high 23 points (11-of-16 shooting) and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Freshman Nicole Boudreau of Andover added 22 points and a game-high six assists with no turnovers. She was 9 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 11 from deep.
Mass Bay trips up Northern Essex men
The Northern Essex Community College men’s basketball team fell to Mass. Bay 69-56. Franklin Martinez led the Knights with 13 points while Kyle Davis and Will Angelini had 11 points each. Davis also had seven rebounds for Northern Essex, which was plagued by 22 turnovers.
More honors for
Senior Casey Stoodley of Salem, the star hitter on the Plymouth State University women’s volleyball team, received more post-season recognition yesterday when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2012 Division III All-America teams.
Stoodley was named AVCA Division III Honorable Mention All-America as an outside hitter.
Stoodley, who was named All-New England last week, is the first Panther in the 17-year history of the program to achieve All-America status.
She was the only Little East Conference player to earn All-America honors, and one of only 14 from New England.