Women's Basketball Shows Progress in Loss to Merrimack

Women's Basketball Shows Progress in Loss to Merrimack
The Nyack Warriors women's basketball team hosted Merrimack College in their second home game, shaking off a slow first quarter to match the pace of the game but ultimately fall behind in a 52-76 loss.

The Warriors struggled to get their offense going in the start of the game, with their only scores in the first 5 minutes coming from two Audrey Matteson field goals.Merrimack surged ahead early, propelled by strong shooting from the 3-point line and some Nyack errors, as the Warriors found themselves down 11-28. Their defense put the pressure on Merrimack, and opened up opportunities for Warriors offense to start coming back, as the second quarter opened up with Nyack driving in to the basket to fight for layup points. Both teams went back and forth on possessions, scoring 13 points each to finish the first half with Nyack down 24-41.

In the second half, the Warriors played tough under the basket, led in rebounds by Yamelis Villegas with 9 for the game. Nyack was able to more consistently keep the ball on offense, which led to crucial scoring opportunities for the Warriors as both teams again closely traded points. Merrimack stormed into the fourth quarter with two quick free throws and two field goals, forcing Nyack to give their best answer on offense. Toward the end of the quarter, the Warriors made four out of five consecutive field goal attempts. The late surge was not enough to catch Merrimack, and the Warriors ran out of time in the 52-76 loss.

Bryanna Brown led Nyack's offense with 19 points, including two 3-pointers, and Yamelis Villegas led the defense with 6 defensive rebounds out of her 9 total. Janae Bailey made 6 out of 7 free throw attempts, the highest amount of the game.

For the upcoming week, the Nyack women's basketball team will journey all the way to Florida for their next games. Safe travels, Warriors!