Setting the Scene... Fresh off a 57-54 come-from-behind win in their home opener against Berkeley College, the Mariners look to continue thier winning ways at home Wednesday, Nov. 28 against the Panthers of Purchase College at 7:00 PM. Purchase comes into the contest sporting a 1-2 overall record. It will be the second of four straight home games to open the year for Merchant Marine.
Series History... USMMA is 3-1 all-time against Purchase, losing in thier meeting a year ago by a score of 51-45. Prior to last season, the two teams hadn't met since the 2004-05 campaign when theMariners upended the Panthers 64-26.
Breaking Down the "Walz"... Junior forward Kristina Walz led Merchant Marine in scoring with 11 points in the season opener against Berkeley. Playing only 14 minutes due to foul trouble, she scored 10 of her 11 in the first half. Walz also grabbed seven rebounds; second most for USMMA. Hitting 5 for 7 from the field, she currently leads the Landmark Conference in shooting percentage with a mark of .714.
Off the Bench... 28% of the Mariners' scoring in their first game came from their reserves; logging a total of 58 minutes.
Holding on to the Rock.. Merchant Marine will look to do a better job of hanging onto the ball after committing 24 turnovers in their opener against Berkeley. Likewise, Berkeley committed 27 turnovers of their own, with 11 of them coming off of Mariner takeaways.
Up Next... USMMA opens their Landmark Conference schedule at home against the Gophers of Goucher College on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 PM. The Mariners are 6-4 all-time against the Gophers, sweeping the season series a year ago.