January 25, 2012

Women's Hoops to Battle Second Place Setters on Wednesday Night

Game Notes (PDF)

The Particulars:
The Merrimack women's basketball team
will hit the road for a conference contest with the Pace Setters on Wednesday night. Merrimack is coming off of an 74-71 loss at the hands of the C.W. Post Pioneers on Monday. Pace enters the contest after winning their last contest to the Franklin Pierce Ravens by the score of 62-57.

About Merrimack:
The Warriors are led by Gennifer Roy who is averaging a team-high 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest this season. Roy is coming off of a six point outing against C.W. Post, shooting 3-15 from the field. Kelly Schatzlein is second on the team in scoring averaging 15.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. Schatzlein is coming off of a 19 point and 14 rebound effort against C.W. Post on Monday. Schatzlein recorded her tenth double-double in the defeat. The freshman guard duo of Chloe Rothman and Allison Wagner have performed well so far with Rothman averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds and Wagner averaging 6.0 points and hitting a team-high 22 threes. Jaclyn Lyons is averaging a team-high 5.8 points off the bench.

About The Competition:
The Setters enter Wednesday's contest with a 14-3 overall record after winning their last game against Franklin Pierce by the score of 62-57. Pace is led offensively by Brittany Shields who is averaging 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Carol Johnson is averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game so far this season. Kerri White is contributing with 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season while starting all 17 games. The Setters are shooting a very high percentage from the field of 40 percent as they are in second place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a conference record of 11-2 on the season.

All-Time Series:
The Warriors are 10-19 all-time against Pace . The Warriors were defeated in their only game last season against the setters 65-54.

Last Game (Merrimack 71 - C.W. Post 74):
The Merrimack women's basketball team was defeated on Monday evening by the C.W. Pos Pioneers by the score of 74-71 at Hammel Court. The Warriors were led on the day by Kelly Schatzlein who recorded her tenth double-double of the season as she had a team-high 19 points an 14 rebounds in the loss. The Pioneers bench contributed all game long as they scored 37 of the teams 74 points. Three bench players for C.W. Post recorded double figure point totals including Kenyatta Sears who had 13. The game featured 12 lead changes and five score ties throughout the night as the Warriors fought back and missed a game tying three pointer with two second remaining in the game. The Warriors bench contributed with 28 points on the night as Valerie Avebe led the way with 10 points and four rebounds.

Roy Continues To Climb All-Time Scoring Charts:
Senior guard Gennifer Roy had a quiet performance for the Warriors on Monday night against C.W. Post. Roy finished the game with six points on 3-15 from the field. Roy also rabbed a season-high six rebounds and dished out two assists. With her performance on Monday Roy is on 5th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,295 career points. Roy is 65 points shy of fourth place on the Merrimack womens basketball scoring charts. The senior has led the team in scoring eight times this season. Roy is averaging 16.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this year.

Schatzlein Continues Steady Play:
Junior forward Kelly Schatzlein continued her steady play for the Warriors as she recorded 19 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. Schatzlein is second in the conference in rebounds with 10.2 per contest and second in blocks per contest with 1.7 a game. She is also third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 57.0 percent. Schatzlein is now averaging 15.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest this season. Schatzlein has racked up a team-high 10 double-doubles through seventeen games this year and has led the team in rebounding in 14 of 17 games.

Offensive Rebounding And Points Off Turnovers:
One of the biggest problems for the Warriors team all year has been allowing their opponents to get on the offensive glass. The Warriors allowed 17 offensive rebounds on Monday night but they were not able to protect the ball as they turned it over 23 times.  The Pioneers turned the 23 turnovers into 19 points as they outscored the Warriors 19-10. Another key to the Merrimack loss was second chance points as the Pioneers grabbed 23 offensive rebounds to kill the Warriors. C.W. Post won the second chance points category 14-8 as the Warriors were unable to prevent them from scoring second chance points. Kenyatta Sears turned her five offensive rebounds into eight points for the Pioneers. Another key to the victory was the bench scoring for C.W. Post as they outscored Merrimack 37-28 on the night.

Rothman Continues Strong Point Guard Play:
Freshman point guard Chloe Rothman continued her solid play running the team on Monday night as she recorded eight points, seven assists and six rebounds in the loss. Rothman went 3-9 from the field including 2-2 from the free throw line. Rothman racked up 30 minutes of action as she led the team all night long. Rothman is now averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest in her freshman year.

Merrimack's New Head Coach Monique LeBlanc: 
Monique LeBlanc is enterng her first season as head coach of the Merrimack Warriors. LeBlanc brings over seven years of division I coaching experience to North Andover. LeBlanc spent the last three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University.