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January 20, 2014

Merchant Marine Defeats New Rochelle, 73-59

New Rochelle, NY – The USMMA women's basketball team dominated the glass and got 21 points from Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, IL) en route to a 73-59 triumph over New Rochelle Monday afternoon.  The Mariners held a 54-34 rebounding advantage as Rebecca Resor (Bay St. Louis, MS) posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Freshman Julie Mall (Littlestown, PA) played a game high 37 minutes and racked up 12 points and nine rebounds.

Merchant Marine (3-10) jumped out to an 8-3 advantage to start the game following a Kristina Walz (Manona, IA) jumper.  Kelsey Hofmann (Adel, IA) had a strong game running the point for USMMA, totaling six assists to go along with eight points.  The Mariners shot 42.6 percent from the floor and held a 34-28 advantage at the halftime intermission.

New Rochelle (9-7) was paced by the 16 points and 14 rebounds of Jah-Leah Ellis.  The Blue Angels grabbed control of the contest early in the second half and held a 40-38 edge after a pair of Alyssa Pechin free throws.  However, USMMA would then engineer a 7-0 run capped by a VanDerWal three-pointer.  The Merchant Marine cushion reached double digits at 55-44 with 8:13 remaining thanks to a Resor jump shot. 

USMMA closed the game on a 10-4 spurt to seal the 73-59 win and snap a four-game slide.  Rachel Wehlburg (Herndon, VA) supplied nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Mariners. 

Merchant Marine is back in action Wednesday at 5:00 pm for a non-conference clash against NYU Poly.