Women’s Basketball Drops Season Finale at Franklin Pierce
RINDGE, NH- In the regular season finale, the Merrimack women's basketball team suffered a 72-41 loss at Franklin Pierce Tuesday evening at the Franklin Pierce University Fieldhouse. The Warriors finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 5-21 overall record and a 4-18 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Ravens rise to 18-8 on the year and 15-7 in league play.
Playing in her 109th career game, senior captain Gennifer Roy (Granby, MA) led Merrimack with 14 points to conclude her illustrious career with 1,425 points, good for fourth on the all-time scoring list. Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) contributed eight points, four rebounds and two blocks. Chloe Rothman (Newton, MA) scored six points, grabbed six boards and registered five assists while Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) recorded seven points.
"It was a pleasure coaching this team and we are all very excited for the future of the program," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "We had numerous positive gains made this season by our team. We are sad to see our seniors graduate after all of the hard work and dedication which they poured into the season."
The Ravens jumped out to a 12-4 lead after 4:48 of action in the first half. The hosts drained their third three-pointer of the contest with 14:32 on the clock to take a 15-4 advantage. A mid-range jumper by Roy with 10:15 remaining in the opening period halted the Ravens' run at 18-0.
Rothman sank a reverse lay-up with 5:45 left to play in the first frame to slice the Warriors' deficit to 32-14. Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, MA) threaded a pass through a small window of space to Rothman cutting to the hoop to set up the basket.
Franklin Pierce sported a 47-16 lead at the midway point of the game. Merrimack connected on 34.8% of its field goal attempts in the first stanza. The Ravens shot 50.0% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of play, including 6-of-15 from beyond the arc.
Schatzlein paced the Warriors at the break with six points while Roy netted four first-half points and Katie Ganser (Needham, MA) grabbed three boards in the opening period. Lyons and Rothman each dished out two assists in the first half.
Franklin Pierce started the second half with four unanswered buckets before Lyons drained Merrimack's first points of the stanza, a 15-foot jump shot for her second hoop of the night.
Roy knocked down a jumper just inside the three-point line to bring the score to 56-27 with 12:10 remaining in regulation.
The Warriors shot 32.0% in the game and converted all eight free throws on the night. The Ravens drained 40.7% of their field-goal attempts in the contest and 38.5% of their bids from long-distance. The hosts also claimed a 42-29 margin in rebounding as Jewel White finished with a game-high 14 boards.
Despite just four second-half turnovers, Merrimack finished the tilt with 18. The visitors' 41 points is the lowest offensive output this season. Both squads tallied 25 points in the second stanza and four fast-break points in the game.