Women's Hoops Closes Out The Season On The Road Against Franklin Pierce On Tuesday
THE PARTICULARS: The Merrimack women's basketball team will wrap up their season on Tuesday night as they travel to play Franklin Pierce. Merrimack is coming off of a 67-57 loss against Southern New Hampshire on Saturday. Franklin Pierce enters the contest after winning their last game against UMass Lowell 75-68.
ABOUT MERRIMACK: The Warriors are led by senior captain Gennifer Roy who is averaging 15.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest this season. Roy is coming off of a 13 point outing against Southern New Hampshire in her final home game as a Warrior, shooting 6-22 from the field, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out five assists. Kelly Schatzlein is leading the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. Schatzlein is coming off of a 17 point and 10 rebound effort against Southern New Hampshire on Saturday. Schatzlein has recorded 15 double-doubles this season. The freshman guard duo of Chloe Rothman and Allison Wagner have performed well so far with Rothman averaging 8.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds and Wagner averaging 6.5 points and hitting a team-high 35 threes.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION: The Ravens enter Tuesday's contest with a 17-8 overall record after winning their last game against UMass Lowell by the score of 75-68. Franklin Pierce is led offensively by Jewel White who is averaging 16.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Marielle Giroud is averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game so far this season. Amanda Saab is contributing with 6.8 points and 3.0 assists per game this season while starting 18 games. The Ravens are shooting a conference best 77.9 percent from the free throw line on the season while also dishing out the second most assists per contest in the conferece.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Warriors are 7-15 all-time against Franklin Pierce. Merrimack lost the meeting earlier this season by the score of 77-63.
LAST GAME (MERRIMACK 57 - SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE 67): The Merrimack women's basketball team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the Southern New Hampshire Penmen by the score of 67-57. The senior day loss marked the final game that Gennifer Roy and Valerie Avebe will play in a Warriors jersey. Roy scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists in the loss. Avebe played 23 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing seven rebounds. Kelly Schatzlein continued her dominating play by recording her 15th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds leading to eight points. The Warriors grabbed a season-high 15 offensive rebounds in the loss on Saturday, turning those rebounds into 14 second chance points. The Warriors also caused the Penmen to turn the ball over 15 times in the game leading to 14 Warrior points.
ROY LOOKS TO FINISH OFF HER CAREER IN STYLE: Senior guard Gennifer Roy had another solid performance on Saturday afternoon in her final home game as a Warrior as she recorded 13 points in the loss. Roy finished the game going 6-22 from the floor, dishing out five assists and grabbing four rebounds while playing 39 minutes. With her performance on Saturday Roy is in 4th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,411 career points. Roy is 164 points shy of third place on the Merrimack womens basketball scoring charts. The senior has led the team in scoring 11 times this season. Roy is averaging 15.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this year. Tuesday will mark the 109th game in Roy's Merrimack career and she will make her 108th start.
SCHATZLEIN RANKS SECOND IN THE CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING: Junior forward Kelly Schatzlein continued to pile up great numbers on Saturday afternoon as she racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Schatzlein is second in the conference in rebounds with 10.2 per contest and is also third in the conferencein field goal percentage, shooting 56.1 percent. Schatzlein is now averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest this season. Schatzlein has racked up a team-high 15 double-doubles through 25 games this year and has led the team in rebounding in 20 of 25 games.
WARRIORS SECOND IN THE CONFERENCE IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Merrimack is second in the conference overall shooting the basketball this season, making 44.0 percent of their shots. On Saturday the Warrors did not shoot too well from the floor only making 36.4 percent of their shots. Merrimack went 24-66 from the field and 3-16 from behind the arc. The 66 shot attempts marks the highest output of shots for the Warriors all season long. Merrimack was able to get off 66 shots because of a season-high 15 offensive rebounds. The Warriors shot a better percentage in the first half of play as they took a three point lead into halftime. Chloe Rothman led the way for the Warriors going 7-12 from the floor while Kelly Schatzlein continued her hot shooting by going 7-14 from the floor.
BENCH SCORING HURTS WARRIORS IN SENIOR DAY LOSS: The Warriors bench was outscored on Saturday afternoon by the score of 17-3. Jaclyn Lyons scored the lone three points for the Warriors off the bench, going 1-5 from the floor. Megan Smith came off the bench for the Penmen and scored 11 points. The points in the paint category was tied at 34 for the game and so was the points off turnovers category, knotted at 14.
MERRIMACK'S NEW HEAD COACH MONIQUE LEBLANC: Monique LeBlanc is entering 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.