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November 30, 2013

Merrimack women settle for split in California

POMONA, Calif. – Despite a season-high 16-point effort from junior forward Aria Johnson, the Merrimack College women’s basketball team fell to Cal Poly Pomona 88-81 last night in the second game of its California trip.

Trailing by eight, 86-78, with 17 seconds to play, junior guard Allison Wagner nailed a 3-point shot to bring the Warriors (3-3) within five with seven seconds to play. Unfortunately, Merrimack was unable to get another scoring opportunity and fouled the Broncos with one second to play, sending Ariel Marsh to the free throw line.

Johnson recorded a season-high 16 points, seven rebounds, and a steal in the loss. Along with Johnson, Wagner and junior Chloe Rothman contributed 15 and 14 points each, respectively. Wagner also chipped in with a defensive rebound, while Rothman recorded a team-high 10 assists.

Junior forward Melissa Miller of North Andover provided the Warriors with a spark off the bench as she finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

“We battled hard in the second half versus a very good Cal Poly Pomona team but unfortunately didn’t get the stops on the other end,” said Merrimack coach Monique LeBlanc.

“This was a great trip for our program to come play some of the top teams out west, and for three of our players to be able to play in front of their friends and family members.”

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