LIVE BLOG: FDU Women’s Basketball Against Merrimack, Game 1

9:00 p.m.

FDU defeats Merrimack 60-48 Saturday night in the first game of a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader and improves to 6-4, 2-3 NEC while Merrimack drops to 0-1, 0-1 NEC. 

Thank you for tuning in to tonight’s live blog. Thank you to our fellow sports writer Charles Elmo for updating the live blog throughout the game. Another thank you to our Managing Editor Amaya Morales and our News Editor Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez for producing the live blog tonight. Another thank you to our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating Twitter throughout the game. Tune in tomorrow for another live blog at 4 p.m. as FDU will be looking to sweep both Northeast Conference games against Merrimack at the Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center. Have a good night everyone!

8:57 p.m.

FDU shot 26-65 (40%) from the field, 5-27 (18.5%) from three, and 3-9 (33.3%) from the free-throw line, while Merrimack shot 21-58 (36.2%) from the field, 3-13 (23.1%) from three, and 3-7 (42.9%) from the free-throw line. 

Stanley led the Knights with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Roters added 15 points and 8 rebounds. DeAngelo added 12 points and Conklins had 8 points off the bench. Selvaggi added 5 points and 9 rebounds. Mack had an off night as she shot 0-10 from the field and missed eight three-pointers. 

Christian led the Warriors with 15 points with Truesdale adding 10 points in the game.

8:43 p.m.

DeAngelo makes another lay up and the lead is now 60-47 with 1:06 remaining in the game. 

8:42 p.m.

DeAngelo’s layup is good off the offensive rebound. The Knights now lead by 13 with 1:38 remaining. She cracks double digits with 10 points.

8:37 p.m.

Conklin drills a huge three-pointer. That’s her second of the night as the Knights’ lead is its biggest of the night. FDU leads 54-45 with 3:34 left in the contest.

8:30 p.m.

Selvaggi lays it up and in to extend the FDU lead to 51-44 with 5:05 remaining in the game.

8:29 p.m.

Stanley knocks down a rare three-pointer for the Knights. They have struggled all night from behind the arc but that shot extends the FDU lead to five. Stanley has 16 points. 

8:25 p.m.

Madeline Selvaggi’s shot rims out but back in. Her first points came at a crucial time as those three points gave the lead back to FDU 44-42 with 9:30 remaining in the final quarter of play. 

8:23 p.m.

Truesdale grabs the rebound off the missed three and lays it in at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 42-41 lead at the end of the third quarter. FDU has shot 19-51 (37.3%) from the field, 2-19 (10.5%) from three and 1-3 (33.3%) from the free-throw line. Merrimack has shot 19-48 (39.6%) from the field, 3-11 (27.3%) from three, and 1-3 (33.3%) from the free-throw line. 

Roters leads the Knights with 15 points as Stanley added 13 points. Christian leads the Warriors with 13 points through three quarters.

8:15 p.m.

Roters finds Conklin for the lay up as the lead is now 41-39 for FDU with 2:22 remaining in the quarter.

8:14 p.m.

Roters gets the friendly bounce on the three to tie the game at 39 with three minutes to go in the quarter.

8:13 p.m.

Bridgewater finds Casey who banks it in to extend the Warriors lead to three with 3:55 left in the third quarter.

8:08 p.m.

Christian gets the pass and lays it up and in to take the lead 37-36 with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter. The Warriors are on an 8-0 run as well.

8:06 p.m.

Back-to-back buckets for the Warriors cuts the FDU lead down to three. Truesdale gets a layup to fall and the Knights’ lead is down to one with six minutes left in the quarter.

8:03 p.m.

Kimball opens up the second half scoring for Merrimack. But FDU has an answer to everything thus far tonight as Stanley nails a long two. Roters then steals the ball and lays it in. The Knights lead the Warriors 36-29 with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter.

7:48 p.m.

At halftime, The Knights lead 32-27 over the Warriors in a tight first half.

FDU shot 15-34 (44.1%) from the field, 1-10 (10%) from three, and 1-3 (33.3%) from the free-throw line  while Merrimack shot 12-28 (42.9%) from the field, 3-7 (42.9%) from three, and 0-1 (0%) from the free-throw line.

Stanley leads the Knights with 11 as Roters added 10 in the first half. Christian leads the Warriors with nine with Kimball adding six in the first half. 

FDU is playing well after their one-month pause holding Merrimack to only 27 first half points as Merrimack has kept it close in their first game this season. FDU needs to hold Merrimack from taking threes as they have made three so far in the first half compared to FDU’s one made three. 

7:44 p.m.

Stanley draws the foul on Truesdale. She splits a pair at the free-throw line, but she extends the lead to five for FDU with 25 seconds left in the first half. 

7:42 p.m.

Abby Conklin checks in to the game and drills the three to extend the FDU lead to 31-27 with less than a minute remaining in the half.

7:38 p.m.

Stanley finds Roters cutting to the hoop. She puts it in to get the Knights back in the lead, 26-25. Roters has 10 points for FDU.

7:36 p.m.

Alyssa Casey drills the three and Merrimack has the lead 25-24 with 4:47 remaining in the half.

7:35 p.m.

Nadeshka Bridgewater hits a long jumper to tie the game. FDU answers on the other end with a basket by DeAngelo after crashing the boards for the offensive rebound. Halfway through the second quarter, the Knights lead 24-22. 

7:30 p.m.

A 12-2 Knights run is stunted by the Warriors as Christian pulls up and drills a three-pointer. She has nine points, leading the way for Merrimack. They still trail FDU 22-20 with 6:54 left in the second quarter of play. 

7:28 p.m.

Roters drives to the basket and lays it in to extend the FDU lead to 22-17 with 7:19 remaining in the half.

7:27 p.m.

Back-to-back baskets for Stanley to start the second quarter. She has 10 points for the Knights as FDU lead by just three after a Christian layup. 

7:25 p.m.

FDU leads 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Knights shot 8-17 (47.1%) from the field, 0-4 (0%) from three, and 0-1 (0%) from the free-throw line. The Warriors shot 7-13 (53.8%) from the field, 1-3 (33.3%) from three, and 0-1 (0%) from the free-throw line.

Roters and Stanley led the Knights with six points each as Kimball led the Warriors with six as well.

7:21 p.m.

Stanley cuts to the basket and gets it to fall. FDU takes their first lead of the night thanks to a 6-0 run. They lead 16-15 with one minute remaining in the first quarter.

7:20 p.m.

Devyn Scott drives to the basket and lays it in to cut the deficit to 15-14 with 1:45 remaining in the quarter.

7:16 p.m.

Kimball gets another shot to fall. She nails the jumper and has six points for the Warriors here in the first quarter. Merrimack leads 13-10 with 3:28 left in the quarter. 

7:15 p.m.

Stanley drives to the basket and lays it in to cut the FDU lead to 11-10 with four minutes remaining in the quarter. 

7:14 p.m.

Roters gets to the basket once again and lays it in. She has six early points for FDU. Halfway through the first quarter, the Knights trail Merrimack by three.

7:13 p.m.

DeAngelo turns around, makes the shot and draws the foul as she misses the free throw to convert the three-point play. FDU are down 9-6 with 6:18 remaining in the quarter.

7:11 p.m.

Roters gets the scoring started for the Knights with back-to-back buckets. FDU trails Merrimack 7-4 with 7:52 left in the first quarter.

7:09 p.m.

Kimball lays it up and in and draws the foul to head to the free-throw line for a three-point play. She misses the free-throw but the Warriors get the rebound as Mager makes a three to extend the lead to 5-0 for Merrimack. 

7:05 p.m.

FDU’s starting lineup for tonight’s game is Madeline Selvaggi, Lindsey Mack, Madison Stanley, Maria Roters and Sierra DeAngelo

Merrimack’s starting lineup is Jayme Decesare, Diamond Christian, Kate Mager, Mayson Kimball and Autumn Truesdale.

6:45 p.m.

Good evening everyone and welcome to another women’s basketball live blog. This is Anthony Covino, the sports editor of the Equinox, joined by fellow sports writer Charles Elmo for tonight’s game. Managing editor Amaya Morales and news editor Jhoana T. Merino-Martinez will be producing tonight’s liveblog. Our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game, as always. 

After a month-long pause due to positive COVID-19 cases within the program, FDU Women’s Basketball returns to action tonight at the Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center against Northeast Conference opponent Merrimack Warriors. 

FDU Men’s Basketball returned this past week as well after a month-long pause due to positive COVID-19 tests. The men’s were swept in the doubleheader against Merrimack: 62-51 on Thursday, Jan. 21 and 76-71 on Friday, Jan. 22.

The Northeast Conference has instituted a unique schedule this season to limit travel and combat coronavirus by scheduling back-to-back games where possible, and allow room for rescheduling games. The top four teams will advance to the conference tournament.

FDU is currently 5-4, 1-3 in the NEC, while Merrimack will be playing its first game of the season tonight. The Warriors had their only non-conference game — on Dec. 5th against UMass Lowell — postponed just as they were scheduled to tip off. 

FDU’s leading scorers this season are senior forward Madison Stanley with 11.5 PPG and sophomore forward Sierra DeAngelo with 9.3 PPG. 

Guard Kate Mager returns for her junior season after averaging 11.4 PPG last season as well with guard Alyssa Casey returning for her senior season after averaging 9.9 PPG last season.

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FDU against Merrimack for a first game in NEC round-robin. Art by Naniyah McClain.