NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Despite a 17 rebound effort by Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) the Merrimack women's basketball team was defeated by the UMass Lowell River Hawks by the score of 56-44 in front of the home crowd at Hammel Court.
Merrimack (4-19, 3-16 NE-10) will return to Hammel Court for their fourth of five straight home games on Tuesday night as they will take on the Saint Michael Purple Knights at 5:30 pm.
Gennifer Roy (Granby, Mass.) became the fourth leading scorer in Merrimack College history on Saturday afternoon as she recorded a game-high 15 points, giving her 1,374 career points. Roy finished the game going 4-10 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. Schatzlein recorded her 13th double-double of the season in the loss, racking up 11 points and 17 rebounds.
The River Hawks went on an 11-0 run to close out the first half and eventually put the Warriors away on Saturday afternoon.
Schatzlein opened up the scoring for the Warriors just 18 seconds into the game as she got free in the lane for a contested layup. The Warriors however would not score again until the 13:28 mark of the first half as Schatzlein connected on two free throws to make the score 8-4 in favor of UMass Lowell.
Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) would convert and old fashion three point play as she drew contact on her layup. The next rush down the court Wagner drained a three pointer, giving the Warriors the 12-10 advantage with 8:17 showing on the first half clock.
Roy would knock down a three pointer followed by a Schatzlein layup after a Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) assist, to give the Warriors the 17-15 lead with 3:31 remaining in the first half. The Warriors however would fail to score in the final three minutes, going into the locker room trailing 26-17.
Merrimack shot 30 percent from the floor in the first half on only 20 shots while the River Hawks shot 27 percent on 37 shot attempts.
Nyachuol Biliew opened up the second half with a three pointer for Lowell before Valerie Avebe (Yaounde, Cameroon) got free inside for a layup after a Roy dish, cutting the deficit to 10.
The Warriors could not come any closer than 10 in the final 18 minutes of action as they trailed by as many as 17 in the second half after two Bianca Simmons free throws.
Freshman Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) played 13 minutes in the second half and contributed with three points and two rebounds as well as playing good defensively for the Warriors.
The Warriors shot a better percentage from the field than their opponents as they shot 34.9 percent but they were not able to keep Lowell off the offensive glass as they racked up 16 offensive rebounds.
Wagner played a career-high 40 minutes in the loss for the Warriors. Wagner recorded nine points on 3-9 from the field and 2-6 from three point range. Avebe was 3-3 from the field which was good for six points and grabbed two rebounds in only 13 minutes of action on Saturday. Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.) chipped in with four rebounds off the bench in 22 minutes of action.
The River Hawks had three players score in double figures for the game with Simmons leading the way with 13 points on 4-14 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line. Danielle DePierro racked up 12 points and also hauled in six rebounds in the victory.
UMass Lowell dominated the bench scoring, outscoring Merrimack 19-3 and also dominated the points of turnovers category, 23-10.